The North Coast Symphonic Band formed in 1979 in Astoria and performed its first concert in 1980. Originally funded by Clatsop Community College, since 2003 it has been a separate organization with 501(c)3 status run by a board of directors. There are approximately 45 musicians who participate in weekly rehearsals and perform in 4-5 public concerts per season. Members are volunteers and are not compensated for attending rehearsals or performing in concerts. Funding for the current season comes partially from grants from the City of Astoria Art and Cultural Fund to Promote Tourism and the Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.