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(Thurs., Dec. 9, 2010)—Mayor Peter Carlisle today announced his nomination of Clarke L. K. Bright as bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band.


            “I’m very pleased that Mr. Bright will be joining my Cabinet and heading this unique City institution,” Carlisle said. “The Royal Hawaiian Band is an important link to Honolulu’s history and culture, and brings joy to thousands of residents and visitors each year.”


            Bright has served as band director at the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus high school since 2009, after serving as the campus’ middle school band director since 2002. He comes from a family well-known for musical and artistic talent, cultural knowledge and community involvement.


Among his many musical and performing arts achievements, Bright has served as director of performing arts for New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, band director for the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus elementary school, band director for Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School, orchestra conductor and musical director for the Castle Performing Arts Center and Paliku Theater, and as a percussionist with the 111th Army National Guard Band.


Bright earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Music from the University of Hawaii, and graduated with honors from Damien Memorial High School.


His nomination to head the Royal Hawaiian Band is subject to City Council confirmation.


The band was founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III, and is the only band in the United States with a royal legacy. The band’s mission is to promote and foster music, both current and historic, to preserve the Hawaiian musical culture, inspire young musicians and ultimately enrich the lives of the people and visitors of Hawaii.





Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.