Yakima Valley Community Bandlogo
Roger Finch, Director
Dan Wallbaum, Assistant Director

The Yakima Valley Community Band, 501 (c) (3) organization, which has existed for most of the 20th century, has become an integral part of the Yakima entertainment scene.

Begun in 1919 as the Yakima City Band, the Yakima Valley Community Band has a long tradition of providing live music to the communities of the Yakima Valley through free public concerts. The band performs throughout the year for various community celebrations and festivals, but is best known for its summer series of band concerts called "Concerts In The Parks." The band is a volunteer non-profit organization supported by Yakima Valley community businesses and individuals.

The Yakima Valley Community Band draws its name and membership from the fertile Yakima Valley in Central Washington. Musicians range in age from junior high school students to retirees, and include current and former Yakima Symphony members, music educators and amateur musicians from up and down the valley. Band members love to present music to their community as a year-round band.

A requirement of membership is that musicians be able to read and play the music. Members should be able to perform with a degree of accuracy and sense of ensemble that contributes to the success of the band's performance.

Purpose and Mission statement - Band Organization

The purpose of the organization is to perform, promote, and further live concert band music.
The band is organized exclusively for educational, charitable, scientific and literary purposes
within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Notwithstanding any
other provisions of the Constitution, the YVCB shall not carry on any activities that are not in
furtherance of one of these purposes.

The mission of YVCB shall be:
1. To promote and further the performance of live concert band music.
2. To provide area musicians an opportunity to continue to enjoy their musical experience.
3. To provide students with a large band experience.



2015-2016 rehearsals

Fred Meyer's Community Rewards - Sign-up

Band Roster

Fun Band Facts about our members

Spring Concert
April 18th, 2016

West Valley High School
9800 Zier Road, Yakima

Band Donors

Band Schedule - Summer in the parks 2015

Summer Programs

Band Photos summer 2012

More band photos
Summer photos, Toppenish, 2009 - thanks to Gary
Summer  2005 Band Photos


Roger Finch
Roger Finch
(877-6628 at home and 877-6307 at office)

Roger Finch became the Summer Associate Conductor of the Yakima Valley Community Band in 2008, and upon the retirement of Doug Nott, assumed the year-round leadership of the Band in 2010.

"The most fun I have all week!"

Roger is a native of Grandview, WA, where his father Dallas Finch was a well-known music educator.  His high school band director at Grandview was John R. Schactler, a former conductor of the YVCB.  Roger received his Bachelor of Music degree from Miami (Ohio) University and began his public school music career in Ohio.  While there he was the Assistant Conductor of the Hamilton, Ohio community band.  He returned to the Yakima Valley as the music director at Wapato H.S. in 1970.

In 1975 Roger reluctantly left public school teaching for private business, but music has continued to be an important presence in his life.  A trombonist, he has played in the Yakima Symphony Orchestra since 1971.  He has been the choir director at Englewood Christian Church since 1972.  His present association with the YVCB marks a happy return to instrumental conducting after a hiatus of 33 years.

Dan Wallbaum, assistant conductor