Highline High School Grad Brings Band “Boomerang Summer” To Burien After Freak Surfing Accident

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Highline High School grad Trevor Rasmussen’s band, Boomerang Summer, is holding a CD release party for their debut EP “Breathe” at Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub (BTB Advertiser) on Thursday, July 2nd.

Rasmussen attended Sylvester Middle School, graduated from Highline High and spent the better part of his childhood running around Burien – his mother was a P.E. teacher at Sylvester for 25 years. He moved back to Seattle two years ago after pursuing a full-time music career in Portland, and then L.A. where his dream was cut short when he broke his neck while surfing. After two years of rehab and a complete change of perspective he is now recovered, working fulltime as a publicist in his hometown and part-time as lead singer, saxophonist and songwriter for Boomerang Summer – something he wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to do again.

“I’m as lucky as they come, because I could just as easily be in a very worse situation,“ says Trevor. “We named the band Boomerang Summer, as it represents the way things come back around if you let them. For me, getting a second chance at something like this makes it that much more special.”

Boomerang Summer consists of three Highline High School grads, including Trevor Rasmussen, Ian McKamey and Ben Johnston.

It’s even more special that he serendipitously connected with Highline High School grads and Burien natives Ian McKamey, guitar, and Ben Johnston, drums, to form the new band over the past year. All three attended HHS, played in the jazz and symphonic band.

He has no delusions of grandeur, however, and he’s not quitting his day job. His band’s debut five-song EP is not flashy, nor does it shoot for that big radio single – it does, however, give a proper introduction to their musical outlook – diverse arrangements, thoughtful songwriting and great playing mixed with a hummable simplicity.

From the smart pop-blues of “Simple” and the lighthearted political swing of “Save” to the blast of saxophones and fast paced Latin sojourns of the title track, “Breathe,” the music moves seamlessly through several genres and styles. And whether it’s the epic Jimi Hendrix style solo that erupts from the “live in the moment” anthem “Say Goodbye” or the hushed melodic questions asked in “The Game,” the EP makes one thing clear – these guys are bringing it back to playing music for music’s sake.

All veterans of the regional musical landscape, Trevor has made sure the group has had one thing in mind since they kicked off their first rehearsal in guitarist Ian McKamey’s leaky basement.

“Let it happen,” he says. “We weren’t worried about the length of the tunes, sticking to a particular style or getting jammed up in trying to fit into a particular genre. The guys put their hearts and souls into the music and took each song to where they thought it wanted to go. Everything else has followed from there.”

From the live show to the record, the synergy of the group has surprised even them.

“We all have arrived from such different places musically,” says Ian McKamey, whose professional music career started at age 15 opening for Pat Travers. “Amazingly, we’re almost always on the same page and somehow, it all works.”

Trevor Rasmussen is a Burien native whose band will be holding a CD release party at Mick Kelly's on Thurs., July 2nd.

The band has had an impressive response at its first few debut shows and is quickly building on the respective member’s longtime fan bases in both the Seattle and Portland areas. The aptly titled Breathe will be available online and in NW stores July 24, just in time to heat up summer.

“The most important thing to us is that we go out there, play great music and make sure everyone present has a good time.”

Thus, he guarantees three things at a Boomerang Summer show – good vibes, great songs and a soulful explosion of musical diversity – so far, so good. Perspective has its perks.

And while this may be another CD release party for most, for Highline High grad and lead singer/songwriter Trevor Rasmussen it is something very special.

On Thursday, July 2nd the band will bring their infectious live show to Burien’s Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub (located at 435 SW 152nd Street) to offer the CD – before its July 24th release – to their neighborhood fans.

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Here are some tracks from Boomerang Summer to whet your musical appetite:


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