Directors and student members of the Pearl City High School “Charger” Band were honored by the Senate for their hard work and commitment to excellence as they represent Hawai‘i through music across the country.

The Pearl City HS band recently was awarded the National Band Association’s Blue Ribbon Award. The band was one of only two schools selected for the award from the Western Division. The 230-member band perform under the direction of Chadwick Kamei. The band has performed at a number of prestigious events over the years including the 2011 London New Year’s Day Parade in London, England, the 2009 Hamamatsu Festival in Hamamatsu, Japan, and at the 2007 Beijing International Olympic Youth Festival and Parade in Beijing, China as a pre-Olympic celebration.

Along with Director of Bands Kamei, honored on the Senate floor today was Band Director Christopher Otsuka, Pearl City HS Principal Joseph Halfmann, and student band members Xandra Morataya, Lauren Nakamine, and Kolby Odo.

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