West Hawaii County Band’s strong past, traditions continue today

The West Hawaii County Band plays at the King Kamehameha Day Parade Saturday on Alii Drive. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
The Hawaii County Band plays some tunes for the crowd at the 22nd annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade. (J.R. De Groote/West Hawaii Today)
Members of the Hawaii County Band play Amazing Grace at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 36th annual Community Birthday Celebration on Sunday at Old Airport Park's Makaeo Pavilion. (Rick Winters/West Hawaii Today)
The West Hawaii County Band marches in the 2015 Fourth of July Parade in Kona. (Laura Shimabuku/West Hawaii Today)
The West Hawaii County Band (pictured here) performs at 6:30 p.m. this evening at Hale Halawai. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — You’ve seen them at the Fourth of July and King Kamehameha Day parades. If there’s a community event, chances are they’ll be there. Like next week, when they’ll help open Kona’s famous, annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.