Letters to the Editor

New look for marching band is overdue

The Federal Way High School Marching Band is planning to replace its uniforms with more up-to-date and stylish ones. The existing uniforms are 20 years old, hence way out of style, worn out and missing many key pieces. What uniforms remain are too small for the larger sizes of our present-day students.

Over the years, the “Blue Wave” has a rich tradition in performing in marching contests and parades. Music is an important part of education, just as sports. The two go hand-in-hand with each other, as having a strong band at games and pep assemblies fosters community and school spirit, increasing attendance.

When the Federal Way High Marching Band performs in parades and contests, it represents the city of Federal Way, as well as the school. We want the city to be proud of its band.

Our plans are to purchase new uniforms for the existing band members and continue purchasing additional uniforms each year until there is a complement of approximately 120 uniforms of varying sizes. We estimate each new uniform, along with a hat and plume, will cost $250. This is less expensive than our existing uniforms, which cost over $300 each, not including hats and plumes.

We are seeking donations from band students’ parents and others, but total cost ($30,000) is beyond our means. We would appreciate a donation in any amount toward the purchase of these new uniforms.

Donations should be made to the Federal Way High School Band Boosters Association. We are a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. Our taxpayer identification number (TIN) is 91-1332154.

For any additional information, please contact Mary Philomeno, Boosters Association president, at 661-2296 or Chris Poole, Federal Way High’s director of bands, at 945-5460.

Mary Philomeno


John Wiese


Federal Way High School Band Boosters Association

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