Hood to Hood West Seattle: Chief Sealth High School Marching Band

photos by Jim Beckmann

photos by Jim Beckmann

Anyone who has ever thought marching bands are not cool has obviously never been to a performance by the Chief Sealth High School Marching Band. This group of underage talents belted out the liveliest tunes outside of Easy Street Records in West Seattle this morning.

What sets these 65 high school students (only 40 students made it to this performance) apart from other high school marching bands is a mature sound mixed with attitude in the music. They opened up their set here Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” (sort of the 1980s “Bad Romance” for all of you like me who weren’t existent yet.) Following that they played “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder and “You Dropped The Bomb On Me” by The Gap Band.

The group has a one hour class session every day at their school to practice, along with some outside rehearsal. They can be seen playing at events across Seattle as well as even more distant locations. If you happen to find yourself in Vicotria, Canada this weekend the group will be playing in the Victoria Parade.

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