Instrumental (pun intended) in organizing the Maui Community Concert Band, was its director, Lisa Owen. Lisa, who hails from Sweden (hej!), used to play tuba for the San Fransisco Symphony Orchestra, but has been teaching music at Seabury Hall, a private college prep academy on Maui, for many years now.
I looked through my files and managed to find the above picture of Lisa which was taken at a big band jazz concert we played several years back. From left to right - Gabe Baltazar (saxophonist), Lisa Owen (tuba and trombone), Howard Johnson (tuba and baritone sax), and vocalist Louise Lambert.
Of course I can't pass up an opportunity to post my own picture.
In the last couple of years the concert band has grown and had several performances.
They are performing again TOMORROW night (Thursday in Hawaii) at the Westin Hotel in Kaanapali, Maui in the Aloha Pavillion by the beach and again Friday night (June 30th) at the MACC (Maui Arts and Cultural Center).
The Maui Community Concert Band is being joined in this week's concerts by the Nassau-Suffolk Band of Oceanside, New York. The combined band will have 58 musicians and should offer a quite a wonderful sound.
The program is the same for both concerts:
Fanfare for a Festival by Carl Strommen
Toccata for Band by Frank Erickson
Highlights from Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Arranged by Johnnie Vinson
Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst
Gerswin! Arranged by Warren Barker
Stars & Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Kawaipunahele by Keali'i Reichel, Arranged by Siuai Laufou
I am thrilled to see they are performing the Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst (who is most well remembered perhaps for "The Planets"). It has been a favorite of mine ever since my college days when I got to rehearse it with an army regimental band in London, England. I donated the sheet music to the Maui band, but this is the first time they will perform it. Sorry I won't be there to
Click below for one minute clip from the Holst Suite (by the Calgary Concert Band of Alberta, Canada)
I know this post is short notice, but if you are reading this on Maui, don't miss this concert. Call the Westin or MACC for details. For everyone else, I hope to have an update to post next week and let you know how things went.