UH Wind Ensemble CBDNA Seattle/Tacoma 2020 Tour Cancelled
Our UH Wind Ensemble Seattle/Tacoma tour has been cancelled.
The College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) has cancelled the CBDNA Conference in Tacoma. The first known case of COVID-19 in Pierce County (Tacoma) was reported Friday (Mar 6) evening, and Saturday (Mar 7), the CBDNA leadership made the official decision to cancel all planned events. On Friday (Mar 6) morning, the host for our ʻohana concert, the Bellevue School District in Bellevue, cancelled all community events in their facilities.
Given these developments, and the worsening situation in the Seattle area, the UH Administration has cancelled our upcoming trip to Washington State.
Our program was to include the world premiere of a new work by Alex Shapiro and the premiere of the wind band version of the Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds. Our tour included an ʻohana concert for the wider Hawaiian community in the Seattle/Tacoma area; several keiki concerts; and our CBDNA performance, where we were one of a handful of groups chosen to perform.
We are of course disappointed to not share our music, our message, and our talented students. The UH Wind Ensemble is performing at a very high level, and our wonderful students have worked incredibly hard in preparation for this tour. Our first concern is the health and safety of our students.
We are incredibly grateful to the many donors, supporters and sponsors of the UH Bands who had made this tour possible, and look forward to many more concerts and tours in the future.
The UH Wind Ensemble (the premier wind band at UH-Mānoa, featuring the finest wind and percussion student musicians from across the campus) is one of only nine groups selected by audition to perform at the Western/Northwestern CBDNA Conference, which represents collegiate and university band programs from the eleven western United States.
Our program: we're taking the Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds on the road.
The Symphony of the Hawaiian Birdsis an educational symphony created by a team of conservation biologists, educators, composers, animators, and Hawaiian cultural practitioners, that teaches about endangered Hawaiian birds through science, music, art, and hula. This stunning piece has been performed in front of thousands of school-aged students here in Honolulu, and we’re eager to take it on tour. Our audiences will include keiki concerts at public schools, an 'ohana concert for the Seattle/Tacoma Hawaiian community, and our CBDNA conference performance. We're excited to share a little of our Hawaiian culture and raising awareness of environmental concerns.
This is an opportunity for our UH Wind Ensemble to perform on the national stage; to share our Hawaiian culture with a wide audience; to interact with and perform for college students & collegiate music groups from across the Western United States; and to work as mentors, teaching young musicians in masterclasses and collaborating with them in performance.
Taking a 45-piece wind band and our instruments to the mainland for this five-day concert tour will cost approximately $70,000, or $1,500 per student. We’d greatly appreciate any support you can give to make this wonderful opportunity a reality.