About the The Boeing Employees' Concert  Band



The Boeing Employees' Concert Band was formed in 1979, as a club in The Boeing Company Recreation Unit, through the  initial efforts of Matt Thornton. The first conductor was Howard Akers, a  composer/conductor and arranger who was respected as a fine musician throughout  the country. He also donated a large collection of music from his library as  editor of Carl Fisher Music Company.

The band plays a wide range of music from lively marches to show tunes, great  classics arranged for band and holiday music appropriate to the season.

A typical concert season for the band will include concerts in parks, schools  and many other events around the Puget Sound area. We are also pleased to  provide live entertainment to audiences who may not have many other  opportunities such as retirement centers, company events such as rollouts,  anniversaries, special deliveries, go-ahead parties and others where music would  be appropriate and appreciated.


The Boeing Employees' Concert band is currently under the direction of Lea Louder.

Lea Louder first started her career as a music educator teaching beginning band to 5th and 6th graders and as the Assistant Band Director at the high school level in the Francis Howell School District in Saint Charles, Missouri.  When she left the public school system, and joined the Boeing Company in St. Louis, she served as the Director for the Boeing Employees Music Club Concert band for 15 years.  Later, relocating to the Puget Sound region, Lea joined the Boeing Employees Concert Band as an oboe player and alto saxophonist and served as the Assistant Conductor for several years.  Lea is honored to have been selected as Conductor for the group in 2022.  Lea holds a Master of Arts in music education from Truman State University.  She also enjoys leading children's music ministries at church in her free time when not working as a Governance, Risk, and Compliance manager at a tech company in Seattle. 


Previous conductors of the band have been (from most recent),
Alexei Girsh, Ron Friesen, David Wayne Waltman, Matt  Eisenhauer, JoeAnn Christen, and Howard Akers.


As a club in the Boeing Recreation Unit, the band is open to all employees,  their families and vendors.

Please contact one of the Officers if you are interested in Joining.

When & where we practice

As a club in the Boeing Recreation Unit, the band is open to all employees,  their families and vendors.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights 7:00pm to 9:00pm, located at St. Elizabeth Church.    (New for FALL 2022).

St.  Elizabeth Episcopal Church
1005 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166

Rehearsals are scheduled for: 
Day: Tuesdays
Concert Band - Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Directions and further information: Please contact one of the officers              



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This page was created by: T. Dean
Last updated: Sept 5th, 2023