South Sound Symphonic Band

Mission

The South Sound Symphonic Band focuses its mission on supporting the community with regular performances and annual student scholarship. Today, the band serves the community through three major programs: Music Appreciation through Community Involvement, Music Excellence through the Thomas E. Anderson Scholarship, Music Education through Professional Development. SSSB is a registered 501(c)(3) organization funded by member dues, community grants, sponsorships, and individual donors. The band performs four concerts per year and consists of amateur and semiprofessional musicians who enjoy the challenge of rehearsing and performing to high musical standards. Many of our members are also music educators allowing the band to serve as a platform for continuing education.

Notes from the nonprofit

A Great Thank You is given to our Board of Directors. Each of our Board Members are unpaid volunteers who have full time careers spanning from music educators to tax prep. We are a small group who keeps the organization running without any paid staff. Our conductor does receive a modest stipend each year, and all other profits go to funding our concerts, venue rental, music prep, and operational expenses. We are also grateful for the contribution from conductor emeritus Tom Anderson. Mr. Anderson's 26 years of conducing the band lead him to donate $30,000 to fund the now, Thomas E. Anderson Scholarship. This donation came with a clause to only fund the scholarship. We have never wavered from that promise.

Ruling year info

2004

Board President

Mr. Tristan Roush

Conductor

Mr. John M. Wetherington

Main address

5501 Pacific Hwy E Ste 1

Fife, WA 98424 USA

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Formerly known as

Federal Way Community Band

Federal Way Symphonic Band

EIN

30-0247295

NTEE code info

(Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles) (A6C)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Music Appreciation through Community Involvement

The South Sound Symphonic Band performs for the community of the south Puget Sound region of Washington state. This geographic region extends east to west from Buckley to Steliacom and north to south, Federal Way to Eatonville. SSSB performs four free concerts annually in different concert halls around the region to accommodate our patrons. The band also works with youth bands, local professional musicians, and community organizations. We have held joint performances with the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE), Morris Northcutt (trumpet), Rebecca Ford (trombone), Dr. Merilyn Jacobson (piano), Vivace! Cathedrals Choir, VFW Post 2224.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Teachers
Students
Artists and performers

Starting in 2002 with Tom Anderson as conductor, SSSB has been awarding scholarships of musical excellence to high school students in the region. In 2013, the scholarship program was dedicated to Tom for his extensive efforts advocating music in schools and the community. The scholarship is awarded annually to a high school student who demonstrates a high level of music excellence and whose life has been impacted by learning an instrument. The recipient rehearses and performs with the band in March as a requirement of receiving the award.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

The band is proud to be an advocate of performing arts and music education. About half of our members are educators in the region, most being music educators. The Band provides continuing education for music educators through rehearsals and performances as a qualifying clock hour organization with WMEA. Educators flip roles in rehearsals by learning through experience and musical direction. Many members have expressed taking methods and practices learned in rehearsal back to the classroom. The band invites guest conductors to rehearse and perform on occasion. Some include Dr. Ed Powell (PLU) and Bob Rink (WMEA Hall of Fame).

Population(s) Served
Teachers
Artists and performers
Teachers
Artists and performers
Adults

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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South Sound Symphonic Band

Board of directors
as of 11/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tristan Roush

Jenny Goebel

Kelly Sayer

Brett Johnson

Pat Riley

Ryan Wooten

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2022

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