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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2005
Contact: Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the appointment of Michael D. Nakasone to be the bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band.
Nakasone, the longtime director of bands at
“We thank Aaron for his many years of dedicated service and we wish him well,” said Hannemann.
Nakasone’s appointment is subject to Honolulu City Council approval.
“We are delighted to have a person of Mike’s caliber take over the leadership of the Royal Hawaiian Band,” Hannemann said. “He has the artistic talent, management skills and proven fund-raising ability to take the band to the next level.”
Nakasone, 60, is a
In 1996, Nakasone was named state Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education, the only bandmaster to earn that honor.
He took the Pearl City Marching Band on many out-of-state trips. Those include four appearances in the Tournament of Roses Parade in
The Pearl City Concert Band also distinguished itself under Nakasone’s leadership. It is the only high school band in
Nakasone’s initial plans for the Royal Hawaiian Band include:
· Create a Royal Hawaiian Band Cultural Advisory Board that would recommend hula halau, dancers and singers to perform with the band. Victoria Holt Takamine and Wayne Panoke have agreed to serve as co-chairs of the board.
· Expand the band’s role in education with an outreach program that would greatly increase the number of performances the band gives in public and private schools. “My love is to teach,” Nakasone said.
· Launch a campaign to raise funds for the Royal Hawaiian Band nationally and internationally as well as in
The Royal Hawaiian Band was created by King Kamehameha III in 1836. It is the oldest band in
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