The Puget Sound Music for Youth Association (PSMFYA) is a Washington State non-profit business, located in Spanaway, Washington. The association was started in June 2009 by Paul Manuel, a local businessman and a musician for over 35 years playing Blues and Rock Flute, along with some parents passionate about fostering the development of youth music and belief that all young people should have their opportunity to experience and create music.
The inspiration for this program started out with a Blues Trombonist named Randy Oxford, who hosted an all ages jam at Jazz Bones in Tacoma and is an active member of the South Sound Blues Association. A fellow blues brother to Randy, Dominique Stone, an awesome bass player, both encouraged me to take the youth jams to another level. I wrote a business plan in 2008. Basically “I built a door and opened it, the kids and parents had to walk in and turn on the lights.”
We are primarily a volunteer driven, and a proud part of the musical fabric of the region. We teach youth how to work as a musical team and above all have fun while doing what they enjoy. “AGE IS A BARRIER THAT CAN BE OVERCOME WITH THE HELP OF A YOUNG MUSICIAN.”