Hawaii Preparatory Academy presents the award-winning Honokaa High School Jazz Band in concert Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at HPA’s Gates Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and can be purchased from all band members, at the HPA Bookstore, Waimea Music Exchange, and Café Il Mondo in Honokaa.
The concert will feature many classic favorites, including “Burlesque,” “I’d Rather Go Blind, I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” “Li’l Darlin,” “Razzamataz,” “Smooth Operator,” and “Tell It Like
Camelia Witt, Kayla Maikui and Emma Reddekop are among the featured student vocalists, while instrumental soloists include Elizabeth Sekona on violin, Cortney Oshiro on alto sax, CJ Carvalho on tenor sax and Emma Reddekop on piano.
Since 1978, when Gary Washburn joined the Honokaa faculty as band director, the school’s jazz band has grown to be one of the state’s top high school bands. The band has won numerous awards and recognition locally and nationally, including the Alliance for the Arts Award (2007), National Association of Music Merchants Award for “Best Community for Music Education” (2010), and the prestigious Grammy Signature School award (2011), which was awarded to just 36 schools nationwide. In 2010, the band attracted national attention with its performance on National Public Radio’s “From the Top.”
For more information, call 881-4005.