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2018 Music Boosters Scholarship

Here’s the annual MoHS Music Boosters Scholarship application. This opportunity is open to all seniors who are currently enrolled in either a Band, Orchestra, or Chorus/Choir class and are also members of the Music Boosters Association. Applications must be postmarked by April 25, 2018. No late applications will be accepted. Don’t wait and miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

MoHS 2018 Scholarship Application

Poke Night at Moanalua Gardens

Hi Everyone!

We’re one week away from our Wine, Beer, and Poke Night event at Moanalua Gardens. This is a special night of all you can eat poke, all you can drink wine/beer, and beautiful music provided by Moanalua students and community members. There will also be raffle prizes and a silent auction. The proceeds will go to support the MoHS Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming ASTA National Conference trip in Atlanta, Georgia.

More information on the event and ticket purchases can be found at

Be sure to put this event in your calendars…January 20 (SAT) from 5 pm – 8 pm. Don’t miss out on this spectacular evening. Hope to see you there!

Winter Break 2017/2018 – U101 Hours

Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the start of your winter break. For those of you who are interested, here are the times that I’ll be coming in to open up U101.

  • December 22 (FRI): 1:00 – 6:00
  • December 26 (TUE): 1:00 – 6:00
  • December 27 (WED): 1:00 – 6:00
  • December 29 (FRI): (Closed due to WAXING of FLOORS)
  • December 30 (SAT): 1:00 – 6:00
  • January 2 (TUE): 1:00 – 6:00
  • January 3 (WED): 1:00 – 6:00
  • January 4 (THUR): 1:00 – 6:00
  • January 5 (FRI): 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
  • January 6 (SAT): 1:00 – 6:00

Please remember that this is an opportunity for you to practice your instruments, work with small ensembles, and do music department related work. It’s NOT an opportunity to just hangout or fool around.

Also remember that I speak only for myself. The other music directors have no obligation to be here during that time. So, please don’t come here expecting them to also be here.

Enjoy your time off and don’t forget to practice!


Hi Everyone! Thank you all for your patience and understanding while we work through this field situation. At the bottom of this post, you’ll find the newest version of our Marching Band Calendar. Please take a careful look at it. Any changes that we’ve made are marked by yellow highlight and BOLD frame. Most of these are location changes, but some of them are changes in time.

As we secure more facilities to practice at, we will be updating the calendar along the way. Stay up to date by checking the website. Thank you so much for all that you do!

MB 2017 calendar (updated 8.30.17)

MB 2017 General Information

Hi Everyone,

Here’s some very general information about the expectations of our marching band program. It’s really just a list version of our calendar, our expectations on attendance, and an overview of ALL the anticipated marching band expenses.

We know that it’s a lot to take in…but we truly believe that this experience is worth it. I hope this helps some of you make more informed decisions. We hope to see you at one of our uniform fittings. Thanks!

Marching Band 2017 Uniform Fittings

Hi Everyone,

Our marching band season is just around the corner. To kick things off, we have our uniform fitting. EVERYONE that is interested in being a part of the Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion line MUST attend a uniform fitting. There are three available dates…

  • Sunday, April 23 (2:00 – 4:30) in F101 – this is for Returning Members only.
  • Wednesday, April 26 (6:00 – 8:00) in F101 – this is for New Members only.
  • Sunday, April 30 (2:00 – 4:30) in F101 – this is the final sizing day which is open to everyone

Check these fliers for more information…



If you have any problems making these dates, please contact our uniform committee. Their email address can be found on the MB fitting flyers.

Finally, please take a careful look at the Marching Band Calendar prior to attending the uniform fitting. Be sure that you can commit to the time demands of the program.

I look forward to seeing everyone at uniform sizing!

2017 MoHS Music Boosters Scholarship

Here’s the 2017 MoHS Music Boosters Scholarship Application.

This is a great opportunity for all Moanalua High School Band/Orchestra/Choir Seniors that are Music Booster Members. The scholarship is awarded at the Aloha Concert by random drawing. You never know if it’ll be you, so fill one out and mail it in. No forms will be accepted after the postmark date.

If you have any questions, please refer to the form. Mahalo!

Marching Band 2017 Preview and Calendar

Hi Everyone,

I know that many of you have been waiting for this announcement for months. So without further adieu, here’s the link to our 2017 Marching Band Theme Preview. Don’t miss out on this exciting season. It’ll definitely be one to remember.

Check out our tentative MB 2017 calendar to get a feel for what the practice and performance schedule will look like.

I hope you’re all looking forward to it! \(^o^)/

2016 Marching Band Calendar Updated 9/6/16

Hey there MB! Well the preseason of the 2016 season went extremely well and the official start to the season is here!!!

Please check the last updated calendar (9/6/16) for changes that were made. Pay special attention to the month of September as school events have moved around quite a bit. (ALOHA WEEK PARADE)

Make the necessary changes and of course you all know the protocol in the case you can’t make a change.

Rookie week is next Monday!!! Woo Hooo!!!!

MB 2016 calendar 9/6/16

Zippy’s Fundraiser

Hello MoHS music department parents – Our main music boosters fundraiser for the fall semester is the sale of Zippy’s fundraiser tickets. The tickets are redeemable for Zippy’s chili, Portuguese bean soup, meat sauce or frozen cookie dough. The tickets expire on November 1, 2015. Each music department student received an envelope with 15 fundraiser tickets last week. The price is $9 per ticket. If you would like to make a cash donation in lieu of selling tickets, a donation of $60 is suggested. A flyer inside the envelope has more info and needs to be signed by a parent and returned back with monies and/or unsold tickets.

Deadline to turn in money and/or unsold tickets: Wednesday, Sept. 23. Students will be responsible for paying for any unreturned tickets ($135 if none of the tickets are returned).

Prizes – for every 15 tickets sold or $60 donated will get the student a raffle ticket to be eligible to win prizes like aQUAD COPTER DRONE WITH CAMERA and WATERPROOF WIRELESS SPEAKER.

Please encourage your child to sell the tickets. All the monies ultimately benefit the music program to provide the students with great musical learning opportunities.

If you have any questions or need more tickets, please contact Danny Wong at or 808-551-9963.

Thank you!

Band Camp Money Reminder

Hi Everyone,

This is just a friendly reminder that your Band Camp Money is due tomorrow (8/6/15). Remember that we don’t take anything late, so make sure that you bring it to practice! If you’re not sure you paid, there is a big list on the white board of people who owe me envelopes. If there’s a mistake, let us know

If you don’t pay for camp, you don’t go. If you don’t go to camp, you don’t march the show. Please don’t put us in that situation. Just be sure to get it in on time.

Thank you! See everyone tomorrow.

Weekend Workout 1 (Sat.) – Panda Lunch Reminder

Hello marching band and color guard parents – An envelope was passed out on Tuesday July 28th to all marching band and color guard students to see if they are interested in purchasing a Panda Express lunch for the Saturday August 8 Weekend Workout. The music boosters will be serving orange chicken, beef broccoli and rice for $7. Save yourself the hassle of packing a lunch for your child and let us serve them a delicious meal. The deadline to turn in your envelope and money (cash only please) is Tuesday, August 4th.
In addition, we will be having a Panda Express fundraiser the weekend of August 7 – 9 at the Moanalua Shopping Center Panda Express. If you present the flyer below at the Moanalua Shopping Center Panda Express, 20% of your purchase will be donated to the music boosters.
The flyer is also available at: .
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Danny Wong, fundraising co-chair, at 808-551-9963 or via email at  Thank you for your continued support of the Moanalua High School music program!

Fun Run – Big Mahalo!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much to all of the people that generously donated money to our annual Marching Band Fun Run! It was a big success thanks to all of your generosity. We also had a great time running around our newly done football field…well at least the students did. I was dying half through the first lap.

Anyway, more details will be released in the coming days…like the section that raised the most money per person (average). We also have the raffle drawing to look forward to. Thanks again for all of your support. We all really appreciate it.


Fun Run Update….

We raised over $4,000!
Raffle winners:
First place (waterproof wireless speaker) – Gavin Hirai
Second place (wireless headphones) – Kori Young
Third place (2 movie tickets) – Jake Kaneshiro
Section with the highest average donation: Drum majors
Congratulations and Mahalo to everyone that contributed!

Marching Band 101- Thank You!

To all the parents that attended Marching Band 101 this past Thursday (7/23), thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to learn more about our MoHS Marching Band and Color Guard program. We hope that you left the meeting with far more answers than questions.

What we do, both on and off the field, would be impossible without your support. It is thanks to all of your efforts and understanding that the students can participate and perform at their highest level.

We look forward to all of the great things that this marching season will bring. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us. Thanks again for coming and we’ll definitely see you around this season.

Important Dates Coming Up!

Hi Marching Band Students and Parents,

It’s been a really crazy, yet fun, first week of marching band. I just wanted to let everyone know about some important dates that are literally just around the corner.

First off, the Parent Authorization Form (looks like a field trip form) is due this Tuesday (7/21). If you do not turn in this form by the end of rehearsal on Tuesday, then we cannot allow you to continue participating in marching band. NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Exceptions will only be granted to the students that have both been absent these first few practices and they turned in an excuse note notifying us of their absence in advance. Everyone else is expected to turn in this form on time.

Second, the Marching Band Picnic Envelope is also due this Tuesday (7/21). This is not a required event, but all students are highly encouraged to attend. It is a great opportunity to meet and get to know new people. It’s a lot of fun and the food is always great. You’ll definitely be missing out if you do don’t go. Just like above, we will not accept any late forms. Officers and section leaders, you are all expected to be there. If you cannot make it…remember what “professionalism” is.

Third, Excuse Notes are due on Thursday (7/23). Please make sure you include who, when, and why you’re missing rehearsal. If you do not turn in a note by Thursday, that’s you telling us that you will be at every rehearsal. Of course, exceptions may be granted to emergencies like sickness. If there are issues that do come up throughout the season, we will deal with them case by case.

Fourth, the Fun Run Envelopes have been passed out. This is the first fundraiser for our boosters organization. Our boosters cover a lot of the costs for our marching band and entire music department. That includes, but is not limited to, paying for all of our buses and equipment truck rentals, instrument repairs, and new music and props. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to function at the capacity that we do. So, if you could please help support the boosters by asking family, friends, and community members if they would be willing to donate to our organization. All the money really goes back to all of the students. These envelopes are due by Sunday (7/26), which is also the day of the fun run. The fun run will be held after practice.

Finally, Marching Band 101 is on Thursday (7/23) from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Student Center Meeting Room. If you don’t know where that is, no worries. We’ll put up some signs to help you out. This meeting is a mandatory meeting for all “Rookie” parents/guardians. What we mean by “Rookie” is new to the program. So parents/guardians that have had children go through this program before, don’t have to attend. This meeting is geared toward the people that are completely new to our Moanalua High School Marching Band program. The meeting is run by our Music Boosters organization, who are also parents of current and alumni students. They will address a lot of the questions that many of you may have about this marching band program. Even if you’re not new to the program, you are welcomed to attend.

I think that’s about it. Here at Moanalua High School, we take deadlines and commitments very seriously. We only have these expectations because we know that all of you can meet it.  Thanks for reading and I’ll see everyone soon.

Sectional Reminder

Hi Guard, Woodwind, and Percussion Members,

This is just a friendly reminder that you have sectionals on Tuesday (5/14). Here are the times…

  • Percussion: 3:00 – 5:00
  • Guard: 4:00 – 5:45
  • Woodwinds: 4:15 – 5:30

Please remember that sectionals are NOT optional. We will talk more about the schedule and our music department policies at our first full rehearsal. I hope you’re all ready to make some great music, work hard, and have a lot fun! See you on Tuesday!

First Full MB Rehearsal Reminder

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you’re all enjoying your summer. Hopefully you’re getting a lot of R&R (rest and relaxation) but you’re also spending some time on your instruments (or equipment for the guard).

Our first full band rehearsal is already upon us…can you believe it? Well believe it or not, it’s here. We all have somewhere to be this Tuesday (7/14/15) from 6pm – 8:30pm. Please be seated and ready to go at 5:50pm in U101. Please don’t forget your…

  • instrument/equipment (that includes your mouthpiece, reeds, and sticks)
  • shoes (and socks!)
  • music
  • Water cooler (a bottle or a hydro flask is not going to cut it)
  • Pencil
  • Bag (this is so you don’t lose or misplace the important documents that are going to be passed out)
  • A good attitude

I look forward to our first rehearsal. Like I mentioned earlier, a lot of paperwork needs to be passed out at this rehearsal. Please make sure you have something to put it away in. You only get one copy of all of these papers, so don’t lose it! Be organized and responsible. Other than that, enjoy the rest of your summer and I’ll see everyone in a few days.

Updated again…2015 Marching Calendar

Hi Everyone! I hope everyone’s summer has been going well. For all of you attending summer rehearsals, thank you for taking the time to be there. I hope you’re learning a lot and meeting a lot of new people.

Here’s the latest edition of the 2015 Marching Band Calendar. There have been some pretty significant changes from the previous calendar. Some changes include an additional football game, an altered Aloha Week Parade date, and a set performance schedule. Please take a close look at it.

The regular marching band practices are almost upon us. I look forward to seeing the whole band together. Keep working hard and I’ll see everyone soon.

2015 MB Calendar (6.22)