The Hawaii State Senate recognized the outstanding teachers and students of the Niu Valley Middle School Band during a floor presentation held at the opening of the regular Senate Session on Friday, March 28. More than 100 students and teachers in the music program attended the floor session, where Senator Sam Slom led the formal presentation with the help of Senator Laura Thielen, who spoke about the American School Band Directors Association.
Senator Thielen also introduced Brendon Burns, interim Principal; former Principal Justin Mew (now Principal of Kaiser High School); Kent Miyashiro, International Baccalaureate Coordinator of the school; Zachary Morita, music director; and Wayne Fanning, music teacher in the program.
Senator Slom introduced Kylie Nakano (clarinet), Dylan Poon (trombone), Dylan Wacksman (saxophone), Reina Yamashita (French Horn) and Cobe Yoshino (bassoon), who represented the student band members seated on the floor. The rest of the band sat in the Senate Gallery after performing for a half-hour concert prior to the floor session in the State Capitol’s atrium.
The Niu Valley Middle School Band was selected to perform at the prestigious American School Band Directors Association’s (ASBDA) National Conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nearly 90 students and over 20 adults will travel to the conference in July to premier a new work by the world-renowned composer and conductor Brian Balmages.
Top photo: Members of Niu Valley Middle School Band pose with State Senators and Niu Valley music faculty and staff in this group picture taken after Senator Slom presented the band with a certificate commemorating their accomplishment. Photo courtesy Senate Communications Office. Additional photos below this text were taken by Noelani Bonifacio and Jerry Stanfield.
Article republished from text extracted from the Kuliouou Neighborhood Board #2 Report issued monthly by Senator Slom.