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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
On July 22, 2014 the Ellensburg Big Band traveled on an exchange to Sanda City, Japan to hold a music
concert for the entertainment, education and enjoyment for the community members of our Sister City.
The band featured music from the Glen Miller and Count Basie Bands, as well as a wide variety of jazz
standards and modern styles. The band members stayed with host families during their visit. Members
of the Ellensburg Big Band who traveled to Sanda City on the exchange were: Bruce Herman, Jim Hurson,
Joel Talerico, Linda Talerico, Jeannie Wolf, Zach Fogle, Rick Sader, Vicki Jones, Terry Johnson, Erich
Mietenkorte, Christopher Pratt-Bennett, Beserat "Bezzy" Tafesse, Joshua Parrill, Brian Lawrence, Adam
Robb, Tony Swartz, David Owens, David Hoffman, Don May, Chris Hull, Matt Carstens and Brian Bernethy.
Sanda City provided exceptional opportunities for sightseeing around their beautiful city including
visiting a temple, partaking in a traditional tea ceremony and visiting the Kirin Beer Park. The group
was also honored at a couple of receptions where they enjoyed delicious food and meeting new friends.
A few members of the Ellensburg Big Band met with the Mayor of Sanda City and learned a great deal from
each other. The highlight of the trip was providing instruction and playing alongside the Sanda Junior
Band (junior high students) and performing in front of 1,000 people at a packed concert hall.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.