Keeping the beat on Snowflake Lane

December 29, 2009

By Staff

Issaquah students help residents get into the holiday spirit on Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane

Joey Tom, an Issaquah High School junior, gets shoppers ready for the holiday season Dec. 23 during the Snowflake Lane, Las Vegas-style drum show. Photos By Christa Lusebrink

Joey Tom, an Issaquah High School junior, gets shoppers ready for the holiday season Dec. 23 during the Snowflake Lane, Las Vegas-style drum show. Photos By Christa Lusebrink

Andy Meigs, Matt Strombom and Joey Tom, juniors at Issaquah High School, and Sara McDonald, a 17-year-old Bellevue College student, have been performing in the Las Vegas-style drum show every night since Nov. 27.

The production is nightly at 7 p.m. through Dec. 31, and features lovable characters and falling snow at the Bellevue Square Mall and Lincoln Center buildings on Bellevue Way Northeast.

Meigs, Tom and McDonald perform with their snare drums each night, drumming to favorites like the “Little Drummer Boy,” while Strombom walks on stilts with a tambourine, handing out lollipops to the crowd.

The students are paid for their work, part of the reason they spend their time there year after year. But it’s also a great place to meet others in the drumming community, like professionals with the Seahawks’ Blue Thunder and the Sounders Sound Wave drum lines.

Above all, they help make the season a bit brighter for young children and shoppers.

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