About Us

What you need to know and want to know.

Welcome to the Sumner High School Band website! This is THE source for information about the Sumner Spartan Band, it's activities, current schedules and performances. In addition there is information and reference material on Color Guard, the Sumner Band Parents Association (SBPA), Big Band Dance (BBD) and the Sunset Festival of Bands (SFOB).

We encourage you to visit often as updates happen weekly, or sometimes daily.

Some basic info...

Sumner High School is located in the heart of the City of Sumner in north central Pierce County, approximately 40 miles south of Seattle and 15 miles east of Tacoma, at the intersection of the Puyallup and White River.  A 4A, 4 year high school, the Spartans have an unusually large band program for a school this size.  Why? The man at the helm: Band Director Joe Carl.  He's tough but reasonable. He exposes the band students to a well rounded experience of marching, spirit and concert performances and competitions. But mostly, he fosters a community within the school--the band is its own "tribe"-- and Joe Carl keeps it fun. He demands a lot from these students, and he gets it.  Here is a great story on the band filmed by PCTV to air on April 21, 2014.

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