|Symphonic Band, 2013-2014|
The Hawai`i Pacific University Band is comprised of instrumentalists from Hawaii and abroad, all of whom must audition for entry. Providing the musical spirit at HPU women's volleyball and men's basketball games, the Sea Warrior Pep Band knows how to motivate fans and athletes with their rousing renditions of Pep Band tunes. Scholarships are available for incoming HPU students as well as continuing band members.
A select jazz/wind ensemble is taken from the larger group. These students must pass secondary performance criteria and be willing to put in extra rehearsal time. They prepare more difficult and challenging music for distinguished audiences and in official capacities as musical representatives of the University. The bands are under the direction of Dr. Joseph M. Ruszkowski.
Partial tuition waivers are available for qualified students. Live auditions will be by appointment. Please call 544-0891 to schedule an interview. Videotape auditions will be accepted. Before you audition you must be accepted into the University. HPU Sea Warrior Band: Audition Information 2015-2016
The HPU Symphonic Band presents “The Music of John Williams” with music from "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars." Free Admission/Calabash Offering! (Download Program Notes)
Dr. Joseph Ruszkowski, Conductor
CWO Michael Smith, USMC MARFORPAC Band, Guest Narrator
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7 P.M.
Roosevelt HS Auditorium, Honolulu
Watch Lincoln Portrait
The Hawaii Pacific University Symphonic Band - October 23, 2013 - Honolulu Hale
Under the Direction of Dr. Joseph Ruszkowski
CWO Michael Smith, USMC, Narrator
Director of Bands
Kent N. Sato
Kent N. Sato received his Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance as well as a Professional Diploma and Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Music Education from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. During his 24 years in the public schools he has been an active advocate for music in the school, working to ensure that Arts Education remains a vital part of the curriculum in middle schools. While part of the faculty of the Pearl City High School Music Performing Arts Learning Center, he took musical ambassadors in the program to parades and festivals throughout this country, Canada, and Japan.
A former member of the Royal Hawaiian Band, he also spent a summer as a scholarship student with the Aspen Music Festival. His ongoing professional development has taken him to the Art of Band Conducting at University of Texas at Austin, the Conductor’s Collegium at the University of North Texas, and the Conn-Selmer Institute at the University of Notre Dame. Currently a member of the faculty at Damien Memorial School, his 32 years in teaching has involved students in kindergarten through the university level.
Mr. Sato has held memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the American School Band Directors Association, the Hawai‘i Music Educators Association, the Oahu Band Directors Association, and the International Clarinet Association.
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