Kalapana will be making a return engagement with our Symphony Orchestra at our December 10th Winter Concert. It will be a benefit concert for our music department. Ticket information will be posted soon.
The Orchestra Program, the Band Programs, and the Marching Band Program could use some needed supplies for its ongoing, yearly activities. Camps, clinicians, fundraisers, and hosting other schools are "normal" parts of learning in the music education realm. The RHS music programs boasts over 300 students total in all the programs. If you have seen the music room, not all 300 can be accommodated at once. Therefore oftentimes, we are accommodating our students outside of the music room for their lunches/refreshments or other activities.
Mr. Abe and the Music Boosters have put together a "WISH LIST" of items the programs could use, instead of having to always rely and borrow from parents/families. If you are able to donate an item below, please contact Mrs. Lisa Jay <email@example.com> (Music Booster President) or Mr. Abe @ 307-0547 to make arrangements for drop off. Thank you!
Thank you to all the marching band students who participated in our Steak Plate Fundraiser! After expenses, we made a little over $3500, of which will be put to good use for our props, bus transportation to and from the tournaments, and of course a good portion of that money already went to our show and drum clinicians the students participated in June.
Our sincere appreciation goes to: Taylor Tateyama & Ohana for the Styrofoam containers; Maleah Shimada & Ohana for the water, brownies, and lunch for the volunteers; KYM Catering for cooking the rice for the steak plates and for the kim chee for the volunteers; and to Pagoda Hotel for the donation of the 100 pounds of rice. Many thank yous go to all of our hard working volunteers and of course to our Booster Parents for organizing and coordinating the efforts! Special shout-out to Mrs. Shimada and Mrs. Jay for over-seeing this big project!
Please help if you can! (We need prep help, platers, runners, sellers, set up and clean up!)
1. We still need lots of volunteers to help with steak plate cooking and sales!! Two shifts available…7:30 am to 12:30 pm and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Contact Connie Shimada via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which shift you are able to help with.
2. We have enough tents and characoal! Thank you! To those of you that are lending us your tent(s), please remember to label your bag and tent with your name. Please drop off your tent(s) at music room by the end of Thursday's night practice (July27).
Congratulations on officially being elected into the John Philip Sousa Legion of Honor. The induction ceremony will be held at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago on December 22.
Gregg Abe has been the Director of Music at Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Hawaii for 30 of his 32 year career in music. It also happens to be the high school he attended. AT Roosevelt he directs the marching band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble and the symphony orchestra.
Abe earned his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Hawaii. He has done extensive extra studies at Brigham Young (Hawaii) and Vandercook College of Music.
Abe has been named the ASBDA-UNI SW Regional Teacher of the Year in 1998, The Hawaii Music Awards HS Music Educator of the Year in 1996, Time Warner Outstanding Educator in 2001 and his band was nominated for the Sudler Flag in 2005.
He has served his profession as Treasurer of both the Oahu Band Director and the ASBDA Hawaii Chapter.
It is not unusual and almost expected that his bands will be at the Superior Rating whether they are competing locally or at the state level.
Abe says, "The most important factor that I consider that has shaped my career are my students. I am still learning my profession and who I learn from are the students themselves. I learn from their mistakes as well as their success. I listen to what they have to say and structure my curriculum at times around them in order to bridge the communication gap sometimes prevalent in a highly structured environment."
"My philosophy stresses the knowledge and development of three basic principles--Discipline, Effort, and Pride. Stressing discipline is the primary step. In order to accomplish and achieve any goal, your mind must be focused on the task at hand. When one is able to listen and receive, understanding and learning can take place. The second step is effort. Effort requires one to participate in the learning process without fear or rationalization. One must practice or study for the purpose of strengthening their weak areas. Through effort, one is able to achieve whatever goals they have set for themselves. The third basic step is pride. To develop pride one must have an awareness of oneself and others in whatever one does. As this process continues, the student becomes truly involved with learning and is able to reach their inner self to realize specific values."
STEAK PLATE FUNDRAISER
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pick-Up at Roosevelt H.S.
On Mott-Smith Drive by Gym
Cost: $10.00 Donation (Non-Refundable)
Tickets Valid ONLY on Event Day
Plate Includes: Steak, Rice, Corn
Payments and unsold tickets due July 16, 2017.
The 2017 Aloha Concert is right around the corner!! This year's Aloha Concert will be a fundraiser for the Roosevelt Music Department. Please come & join us for a night filled with beautiful music with special guest, Jake Shimabukuro who will be performing with the Symphonic Orchestra. A limited number of Aloha Concert tickets will be available for purchase online for $15 a ticket on May 5, 2017. Follow the link below to order your tickets.
Date:May 14, 2017
Where: Roosevelt High School - Carter Auditorium
On behalf of the Hawaii Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, Roosevelt High School Music Department, and Hawaii Youch Percussion Ensemble we would like to invite you and your students to be a part of the 2017 Hawaii Day of Percussion (DOP), on February 10, 2017 at the Roosevelt High School Auditorium. This event is intended to provide a wealth of information,experience,and fun for all who attend.The focus of this year’s DOP will be Cymbals! Mr. Keith Aleo, a Zildjian Education and Orchestral Consultant, will be performing solos, presenting a cymbal clinic, and hosting a Zildjian Cymbal Testing Day.
We hope that you will encourage your students to participate in this festival and that you yourself will also find reasons to attend. Included is a packet with information regarding the different aspects of the event.