MARCH 17, 1997
The music of Nitro/Gin members (left to right) Ryan Thompson, Lars Gaarde, and Evan Meek is part of a new CD, First Takes.
Seafirst Bank is recognizing some of the area's best young musicians by underwriting First Takes, a soon-to-be-released compilation CD featuring artists ages 13 to 19, and featuring 12 original compositions and arrangements.
13-year-old Ryan Thompson of Woodinville and his 3-member band "Nitro/Gin" are one of 11 outstanding young enembles represented on First Takes. Thompson, who plays the drums, is joined by Lars Gaarde of Redmond and Evan Meek of Kirkland, who are also 13. Gaarde, who participated in the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition, co-composed the band's musical piece with fellow band member and guitar player Meek. All three attend Northshore Jr. High.
The group will play at the First Takes CD release party Friday, March 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Seafirst Gallery, third floor, 701 Fifth Avenue in Seattle. The event is free and open to the public.