UH-Manoa Wind Ensemble to perform free concert on Maui

The University of Hawaii Wind Ensemble will perform a free concert at the H.P. Baldwin Auditorium next month.

The performance is set for 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the H.P. Baldwin Auditorium on the Baldwin High School campus in Wailuku. The concert will also feature special guest T.J. Ricer as tuba soloist.

Sponsored jointly by the University of Hawaii-Manoa Department of Music and the University of Hawaii Bands, this tour will include clinics and workshops with several Maui high school music programs.

Jeffrey Boeckman, director of bands at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, says, “We’re very excited to return to Maui and are looking forward to both working with the fine student musicians of Maui and a wonderful concert on Sunday afternoon. There’s a great deal of talent in our UH Bands program, and we can’t wait to share it with our friends in Maui.”

Under Boeckman’s baton, the UH Wind Ensemble will perform classics like John Philip Sousa’s “Stars & Stripes Forever,” Ron Nelson’s “Rocky Point Holiday” and Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy” alongside newer works by Chris Theofanidis and Oystein Baadsvik.

Traveling and performing with the UH Wind Ensemble will be tuba soloist Ricer, who plays with the Royal Hawaiian Band and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and teaches at UH-Mano. He will perform “Fnugg Blue,” a piece for solo tuba and wind band.

The UH Wind Ensemble will also spend the morning of Feb. 17 and 18 working with several Maui bands, including those from Baldwin, Maui and Lahainaluna high schools. Stephen Rodrigues, director of bands at Baldwin, says, “It’s a great opportunity for our students to work with and learn from some very talented collegiate musicians.”