Attendees of the June 21 Make Music Federal Way event play kazoos outside of the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Attendees of the June 21 Make Music Federal Way event play kazoos outside of the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Make Music Federal Way celebrates local musical talents

The Monday evening festival welcomed performers of all ages and music genres.

Live tunes and sunshine were plentiful on Monday evening at the third annual Make Music Federal Way.

On June 21, more than 1,000 cities in over 120 countries celebrated Make Music Day around the world. About 45 people attended the one-day music festival outside of the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center on the summer solstice.

Various musicians took to the stage under the sun and performed their talents — from a trumpeter welcome by Emerald Downs Track Bugler Daniel Harrington to upbeat songs from the Marine Hills Folk Jam band.

Presented by the Federal Way Lions Club, Make Music Federal Way allowed community members of all ages to enjoy the beauty of live music together after a year of separation.

“We’re in the process of establishing an annual function for the city,” said Lions Club President Roger Hershey. “It’s important for the city to have a variety of functions – people like to do their own things and one of the things people like to do is music.”

Hershey said he hopes to garner enough community support to create a music scholarship for local students presented by the Lions Club.

To a symphony of kazoos and drum beats on pizza boxes, crowd members joined in the festivities while others enjoyed the show with bites from Pecos Pit smoky BBQ favorites and BeanFish Taiyaki.

For more information on Make Music Federal Way, visit makemusicday.org/federalway/.


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Make Music Project Manager Jan Barber, front right, smiles as she plays with the Marine Hills Folk Jam. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Make Music Project Manager Jan Barber, front right, smiles as she plays with the Marine Hills Folk Jam. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Emerald Downs Track Bugler Daniel Harrington opened the one-day festival on June 21 in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Emerald Downs Track Bugler Daniel Harrington opened the one-day festival on June 21 in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Make Music Federal Way was held on Monday night at the PAEC, overlooking Federal Way’s Town Square Park, the future site of the Federal Way Link Extension station and Mount Rainier. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Make Music Federal Way was held on Monday night at the PAEC, overlooking Federal Way’s Town Square Park, the future site of the Federal Way Link Extension station and Mount Rainier. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

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