Here is a video of me soloing with the Royal Hawaiian Band… I had no idea this was being recorded and only just stumbled on it on YouTube:
I’ve been on a run of posts about my students lately… what can I say, I’m a proud teacher!
Three of my Jr. High and High School Students made it into the Hawaii Youth Symphony program this year. That may not sound like a big number, but so few low brass players get to be involved compared to string instrumentalists that it is a great percentage! My returning students all moved up in the HYSO program.
The top tuba players at UH have been subbing in the Royal Hawaiian Band of late:
and Casey Kitano:
at the Kamehameha Day Parade this year we had an unprecidented 5 sousaphones!
with Armando, Casey, and UH alumnus Paul Caballero.
Everyone should come check out the University of Hawaii’s Aloha Band concert on May 4th… Casey Kitano will be performing the 1st movement of Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto as the winner of the student Concerto Competition, Jordan Goto (euphonium) will see the premiere of his new work “Adrenaline Rush” as the winner to the student Composition Competition, and Armando Langaman is celebrating his first semester in the top ensemble in style with Maslanka’s 4th Symphony. A great day for low-brass island-wide!
I’ve been underground (literally!) for the past six and a half weeks playing tuba and trombone for the Lion King with Disney’s “Gazelle National Touring Company.” The Honolulu run is almost over, so come check it out if you haven’t yet! Tickets can be found HERE
We also got a mention on this audiophile blog.
Of course, I am still performing with the Royal Hawaiian Band. They recently caught an action pic of me singing “Spongebob Squarepants” for one of our educational outreach concerts:
When the Lion King ends (and frees up the Neil Blaisdell Center) the Hawaii Symphony will be resuming our season with a special John Williams concert. I will be playing the part of the shark in “Jaws” dum-dum, dum-dum, dum-dum, dum-dum, dum-dum, dum-dum, dum-dum, dum-dum…