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About Michael D. Nakasone
Royal Hawaiian Bandmaster

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Royal Hawaiian Bandmaster Michael Nakasone
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Royal Hawaiian Bandmaster Careeer
Michael Nakasone was appointed bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band on February 1, 2005 by Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and on March 16, 2005 his appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Honolulu City Council members. The Royal Hawaiian Band has 40 full time positions and it includes a concert band, a marching band, and a glee club ensemble. The band typically averages more then 365 performances a year, including weekly concerts at the Iolani Palace and Queen Kapiolani Park and monthly performances at local shopping malls and municipal centers. The band also performs at many of Hawaii's ethnic festivals, holiday parades, and special events.

Hawaii Youth Symphony Career
In addition to directing the Royal Hawaiian Band, Michael Nakasone has been the conductor of the Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra since 1989.

Facts About Michael Nakasone
  • Birth Place: Hawaii
  • Full Name: Michael D. Nakasone
  • Goes By: Michael Nakasone
  • Raised in Hilo on Hawaii Island
  • Keyboard player for a rock band in the 1960's

    Education at the University of Hawaii Manoa
  • 1967: Bachelor's degree in Music Education
  • 1968: Bachelor's degree in Music Education

    School Bandleader 1968-2004
  • 1968: Wahiawa Intermediate School Bandleader
  • 1973: Mililani High School Bandleader
  • 1977: Pearl City High School Bandleader
  • 1992: Director of the PCHS Performing Arts Learning Center
  • 2004: Retired as a high school bandleader

    Under Michael Nakasone's direction, the Pearl City March Band performed at many prestigious events including in the Aloha Festivals Parade, the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, and the Ginza Parade in Tokyo.

    Department of Energy Career
    In 2004 Micahel Nakasone retired from the Hawaii Department of Energy after a 37 year career with the department.

    Awards and Honors Received by Michael Nakasone
  • In 1992 his band received John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Flag of Honor
  • In 1995 he received John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Award as one of the ten best band directors in the United States.
  • In 1996 he was selected as the Hawaii State Teacher of the Year
  • In 2005 he received the Lifetime Achievement Hawaii Music Award Articles About Michael D. Nakasone
  • 2005: Mayor Chooses Nakasone To Head Band (Honolulu Star Bulletin)
  • 2006: The Music comes First (MidWeek Magazine)
  • 2006: Back in Tune After Hard Times (Honolulu Advertiser)
  • City of Honolulu Bandmaster Description



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