You are going to really enjoy this concert.

Lots of toe tapping music; and showcasing great talent.

The band is better this year than ever before.

 Story Wonders: A Clarinetist and Her Dad | Karrie Zylstra Myton


Story Wonders: A Clarinetist and Her Dad | Karrie Zylstra Myton

“Band Director Conducts Daughter in Solo Scholarship Performance” Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Rink has a secret to...



Puyallup Valley Community Band



Jessica Lewis - Trombone Soloist


Jessica Lewis


Jessica Lewis - Trombone Soloist, on Karrie Zylsra's blog.



Meeker Mansion provides fun for all ages on the Fourth of July

More than 25-year tradition continues


All ages welcome at Meeker Mansion on the Fourth of July

Puyallup Valley Community Band to perform at 3 p.m.

The Puyallup Valley Community Band of nearly 50 members

is the main attraction.  “It’s a multi-generational group that

plays all of the old favorites,” Anderson said. “It gets hands

clapping and feet tapping.”


The concert is free, but members of the historical society will

host a snack shack selling strawberry shortcakes, hot dogs,

soft drinks, cold water and more.


Rich Powers, conductor of the Puyallup Valley Community

Band, says the band performance is straight out of the Meeker

era.  “Community bands were a big deal in that era,” he said.

“The audience is always so appreciative of us being there.”

Meeker Mansion

 The group is made up of members ranging in age from 14 to 96.


“Come early to get a good spot,” Anderson said. The festivities start at 2 p.m. at the Meeker Mansion, located at 312 Spring Street.


Heather DeRosa: 253-256-7043, @herald_hderosa

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Young clarinet player wins award named after clarinet-playing doctor

THE NEWS TRIBUNE - MAY 4, 2016 9:59 AM

For Katriel Looney, reeds are the biggest problem with playing the clarinet. She struggles constantly to find good ones and maintain a decent supply.

“Brass players have no idea,” she said.

Recently, she found enough good reeds to audition with Puyallup Valley Community Band and win the 2016 Lovezzola Music Award. Originally called the Outstanding High School Soloist Award, the band renamed the scholarship after the local doctor when he passed away in 2012. Dr. Mike Lovezzola was a founding member of the Puyallup Valley band and played clarinet with the group for 22 years.

Looney is the first clarinet player to win the award since Lovezzola left the bequest to help fund it.  (continue reading)

Katriel Looney

Benefits of music resonate far beyond one’s youth - The News Tribune July 12, 2015

Rich Powers conducts the Puyallup Valley Community Band at the opening concert in June 2013 for Music off Main in Sumner. The band has opened for the concert series for the last 5 years. Jesse Major Courtesy file, 2013

Most Tuesday nights you can find me practicing with a group of brass and woodwinds in the First Christian Church near the Puyallup Fairgrounds. In the summer, the air gets toasty in the sanctuary filled with sounds of Sousa and other big band composers.

In fact, it was so dense with sound and heat at my last practice that I wished I had changed into shorts and a tank top even though we propped the doors open and played late into the evening after the temperature lowered.

The congregation that generously lets us practice in their church decorated the room with hanging multicolored spirals from the ceiling, so the heat blended with twisting colored paper.

I sit at the very end of the third clarinets, a place I never could have imagined after claiming the first chair through most of my school days. I feel better about this knowing the first clarinets in this band are career musicians who didn’t let their instruments gather dust for years before finding the Puyallup Community Band.

We are a mixed group. There are no auditions, so the skill level varies. The oldest member is a saxophone player named Ozzie. He’s 95. Our youngest members go to high school and probably need to get their parents’ permission.  (continue reading)

Reader columnist Karrie Zylstra Myton | LUI KIT WONG STAFF PHOTO

Hard work finally pays off for local tuba player - Herald news servicesMay 12, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Rink has always practiced hard since he first picked up the tuba in sixth grade.

After years of perfecting his craft, the Emerald Ridge High School senior’s hard work has paid off. Rink was recently awarded the 2015 Lovezzola Music Award and will perform the Gregson Tuba Concerto with the Puyallup Valley Community Band on Friday (May 15).

Rink’s private teacher, Jason Gilliam, says his student is a very talented musician who happens to play the tuba. (continue reading)

with the Puyallup Valley Community Band at the Liberty Theatre, Puyallup (click to see poster)
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Dinner at 6 pm and Concert at 7:30 pm

Student musician to perform at First Christian - Herald news servicesMay 7, 2014

Mariah Katzberg, a saxophonist from Puyallup High School, has been selected as the annual Lovezzola Music Award recipient. She will perform “Diversion” by Bernard Heiden with the Puyallup Valley Community Band at 7:30 p.m. on May 16 at the First Christian Church of Puyallup. Those attending the free program are encouraged to donate to the Oso mudslide relief effort.

Alternate runner-up winners of the award were Bobby Odle, marimba, and Morgan Thelford, saxophone. Both students attend Graham-Kapowsin High School.


FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

The Family spent some time listening to the Puyallup Valley Community Band perform thirteen different numbers as part of their Spring Benefit Concert. Pieces included movements from larger pieces—”Farandole” from Bizet’s L'Arlésienne, “Sabre Dance” from Khachaturian’s Gayne Ballet—along with shorter pieces, such as “A String of Pearls” by Jerry Gray, “The League of Composers March” by Edwin Franko Goldman, and “Hail to the Spirit of Liberty March” by John Philip Sousa. The highlight of the evening, though, belonged to award-winning soloist Braden Waddell, who played the lead trumpet part in Mendez’s “La Virgen de la Macarena.” It was a wonderful, well-executed song that played to the strengths of both soloist and band.



Sumner Music Off Main Concert Series July 3, 2013


Sumner Music Off Main July 1, 2011


May of 2009 was declared 'Puyallup Valley Community Band Month' at the City Council Meeting.