Welcome, Hayley!

Hayley Varhol, MME is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing and teaching in the greater Philadelphia area for more than 15 years. She has a masters degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and a bachelors degree in Music Education from Temple University where she studied bass trombone with Tyrone Breuninger (formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra). After eight years as Director of Instrumental Music at the William Penn Charter School, Hayley transitioned to a full-time performer and organizer. She currently works with the West Philadelphia Orchestra as a baritonist, board member, and Director of Educational Programming. She performs in a number of professional and community ensembles, including the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, and you might also spot her donning a dirndl around town while playing trombone with Polkadelphia. Hayley has a long history with the Philadelphia Freedom Band, as she was an active member and conductor from 2008 to 2011. She is very pleased and proud to be welcomed back for her second tenure as Artistic Director.

  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.

The Philadelphia Freedom Band is supported by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. 

Have questions?  Call us at 267-521-2263