Get to Know Sedentary Sousa Band

Kenyon Hall

Ballad Sedentary Sousa Band

“Following in the footsteps of the great bandmaster John Philip Sousa, the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band hardly ever marches, playing concerts firmly seated in its chairs.” - The Seattle Times

“The marches of John Philip Sousa are one part military tradition and one part circus sideshow. Today, Seattle’s Sedentary Sousa Band channels the party vibe and American tradition without leaving their seats.” - Amanda Wilde, KUOW

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Ya Sousa, You Betcha! First there was Sousa, then there was Elvis…

Bringing their own party with them, the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band, Seattle’s own non-marching march band, plays the greatest hits of band music, rousing classics by John Philip Sousa, Henry Fillmore and more. What sets them apart? You can expect appearances by the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band Drill Team, and the world’s only Sedentary Majorette, who performs thrilling feats of seated baton twirling. This band’s sparkling goodwill never fails to make people smile.

Unique Fashion Sense

This spirited 30(ish)-piece brass and wind band comes with a colorful array of band uniforms collected from across the United States.

The World’s Only Sedentary Majorette

Edith Farrar takes her place at the front of the band and performs stunning feats of seated baton-twirling. Occasionally she may literally stun a band member. Such mayhem increases the rapt attention of the audience.


The band is poised to play. Suddenly director Liz Dreisbach turns to the audience with, “Let me tell you about Sousa’s first job conducting a vaudeville show of unclad beauties.” These moments stimulate intellectual sensibilities.

No Marching

This band will not march under any circumstance: a rare and daring distinction.
The Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band has entertained huge crowds at festivals, park concerts, and their John Philip Sousa Annual Birthday Bash.
Among their many highlights are the grand re-opening of Seattle’s King Street Station and lots of centennial celebrations including: Seattle’s Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo, the Klondike Gold Rush, the 1909 Ocean-to-Ocean Model T Endurance Contest Re-enactment, Pike Place Market, and Admiralty Head Lighthouse.

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