Arts and Entertainment

Amber Pacific making music with a sonscience

For The Mirror

Amber Pacific, a band that originated while the members were still students at Federal Way High School, has been making noise in the music industry and promoting a good cause.

The group is participating in The Take Action tour, whose promoters hope to raise awareness of mental health issues and promote the existence of help resources, including 1-877-YOUTHLINE(968-8454) and 1-800-SUICIDE(784-2433). The tour was kicked off on March 1 with a press conference on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, and it stopped in Seattle April 1 at the Showbox.

Amber Pacific’s lead singer, Matt Young, was the Federal Way High class of 2003 valedictorian. He’s the son of a Federal Way Public Schools employee, Laurie Didier, an instruction specialist .

Other band members include Will Nutter and Greg Strong, who also graduated from Federal Way in 2003, Joe Cantu, who graduated from the same school a year earlier, and Dango, who’s from another state.

Justin Westcott, another of the Federal Way High class of 2003 grads, recently left the band.

Amber Pacific’s debut album, “The Possibility and The Promise,” was released in May 2005 on the Hopeless Records label.

The band was included in an Alternative Press (AP) magazine article titled “100 Bands You Need to Know in 2006.”

More information about the band is available on-line at and

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