Philadelphia's Community Band - we welcome anyone who can read music.

Artistic Director Hayley Varhol

Hayley Varhol, MME is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing and teaching in the greater Philadelphia area for more than 15 years. She holds a master's degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and a bachelor's degree in music education from Temple University where she studied bass trombone with Tyrone Breuninger (formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra). Former Director of Instrumental Music at the William Penn Charter School, Hayley transitioned to a full-time performer and organizer. She works with the West Philadelphia Orchestra as a baritonist, board member and Director of Educational Programming. She performs in several professional and community ensembles, including the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra and Polkadelphia.

Discover Music History All Around You

History, music and places in Philadelphia are all around us. The Philadelphia Freedom Band encourages you to discover the musical history with us through this page.

Discover, our Philadelphia music history initiative, explores Philadelphia's role in the creation and evolution of American and world music, instruments and movements.

Marching Band - All Year Long

Yes, our marching band performs all year long. We have parades in the spring and summer, cheer sections (for local races) in the fall and even caroling around the holidays.

You can join at any time.

You may even see us as part of a flash mob here and there.

We are very proud to be supported by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

We are a proud member of the Lesbian & Gay Band Association.

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