The Orchestra Musicians
Roland Nono • First Violin • PrincipalRoland Nono is from Kalihi, Oahu, Hawaii. He was a member of his intermediate and high school string orchestra. In 1966 Roland auditioned for the Honolulu Youth Symphony and won a seat in the second violin section. In 1967 he won the position as Principal Second Violin with the Honolulu Youth Symphony under the direction of the late Peter Misrobian. In 1968 Aloha Concert with the Honolulu Youth Symphony, Roland was one of soloist featured on that program performing the first movement by Pietro Nardini Violin Concerto in E minor.
After graduating from Wallace Rider Farrington High School in 1968, he enlisted into the United States Air Force and retired as a Technical Sergeant in 1990. While serving in the Air Force, he has performed with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, FL; Jonesboro Symphony Orchestra, AR; Assistant Concertmaster, Shelby State Symphony Orchestra, West Memphis TN; Concertmaster, Germantown Symphony Orchestra, TN; Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, LA; Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, LA; Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, LA; Baton Rough Symphony Orchestra, LA; Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, CO and Haleakala Chamber Orchestra, HI.
Roland joined the Maui Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and in 2008 appointed as Principal Second Violin with the Maui Pops Orchestra. In 2002, Roland received an Associate Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Master's Divinity Schools, Evansville, Indiana. In that same year he started and is the Senior Pastor of a nondenominational fellowship, Living Waters Ministries of Maui, Wailuku.
Pastor Roland, his wife Thelma and their daughter Kara have lived on the island of Maui since 1999. They have three dogs, Sye, Mana and Kua. When Pastor Roland is not ministering, play his violin or officiating weddings on the many beaches and hotels on Maui, you can find him bowling a game or two at the local bowling alley, playing a game of tennis or just romping around with his three dogs.
Judy Waters • First ViolinJudy began a lifetime of violin playing at the age of seven, upon discovering a violin case tucked away under the eaves in her attic. By 8th grade she was fortunate to become the youngest member of the Westchester Symphony where for 5 years she had wonderful opportunities to play with conductors from the N.Y. Philharmonic as well as renowned soloists. After studying through H.S. in N.Y. with Helen Kwalwasser, Judy attended Oberlin, where she earned a B.Mus and had the opportunity of spending jr year at the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, traveling and performing with classmates, and the Mozarteum orchestra.
During her 24 years in New England, Judy played in the Vermont Symphony, Portland and Bangor Symphonies, Marlboro and Portsmouth Chamber Orchestras, Haydn Festival Orchestra, and in performing duos, trios and quartets. She also taught Suzuki violin. Judy first played with the Maui Symphony during summer visits in '86-'87 and has been a member since moving to Maui in '88, except for a 2 yr absence on the mainland, earning a Montessori diploma, teaching, and playing in the Northwest Symphony.
Judy has played many Maui venues including a 4night a week trio gig at Grand Wailea, Haleakala Orchestra and Early Music Maui events, theater musicals, and numerous weddings and receptions. Judy has performed with orchestras and ensembles at the ASTA workshop in Lyon, France, an International Orchestra in India, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Avignon Festival. Now retired from her day job as child development specialist, and no longer engaged with extended elder care, Judy is ready to return to teaching violin, and would love to play more chamber music with fellow musicians.
Rona Landrigan • First ViolinRona grew up in a musical family in Glasgow, Scotland. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England in 1990 and continued with post-graduate study in violin performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
In 1991 Rona was invited to join the Camerata Orchestra, a 22-piece String Orchestra based at the Concert Hall in Athens, Greece, where she played for four years. The Orchestra performed regularly in Athens and also toured Greece, Belgium, Italy and Austria.
In 1996, Rona moved to New Jersey with her husband. She was actively involved in music in her local community there, both as a performer and a teacher. As a member of Montclair Music Club, Rona performed chamber music in different venues in Montclair on many occasions.
Rona taught for 11 years as a string specialist in Chatham Schools, directing the elementary orchestras and Chatham High School Orchestras. In 2004, she was selected by The College of New Jersey as one of the winners of their “Outstanding Educator” Award Program.
While in New Jersey, Rona served as Secretary of the New Jersey Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and as Chairperson of the Sharon Holmes ASTA/NJ Scholarship Committee.
Rona has recently arrived on Maui and is also a member of the Maui Chamber Ensemble, as well as the Maui Pops Orchestra.
Andrea WallsAndrea Walls
Andrea Walls • First ViolinAndrea began playing the violin at the age of 8. Her early training was classical but, as a teenager, she decided she wanted to learn to improvise. While living in San Francisco, she studied with the Alexander String Quartet at San Francisco State University and was a member of the San Francisco Sinfonieta, a classical ensemble that toured in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. She also played with the Oakland, Berkeley, Marin, and San Francisco Symphonies, as well as various groups including salsa, African, Latin jazz, middle eastern, and other original projects.
Her love of music and culture has inspired much travel. She has studied Flamenco, Turkish, and Indian classical, as well as African, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and jazz.
Andrea moved to Maui in 2000 and has been playing professionally in the resorts and restaurants, as well as drumming for dance class and playing marimba in an eight-piece ensemble featuring music from Zimbabwe. She also now plays for the Maui Pops Orchestra.
For more information, you can see Andrea’s website: www.mermaidmuse.com
Joan Padgett • Second ViolinMs. Padgett is a realtor with Windermere Valley Isle Properties. She has played violin in the Maui Pops Orchestra since its inception, and previously with the Maui Symphony Orchestra for many years.
Luana Baker • Second ViolinBio Forthcoming...
Juliana Corpuz Patao • Second ViolinJuliana Corpuz Patao started playing the violin at age 10; she was a long-time student of Concertmistress Joan Hayden during her youth. Her debut with the Maui Pops Orchestra commenced with the former Maui Symphony back in 1978. Maui did not have an organized string program nor an orchestra growing up; therefore, playing in the Maui Symphony since age 12 provided the exposure and tools to further her musical career. At age 17, she was offered a full-music tuition scholarship at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus by conductor Henry Miyamura. She played with the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Orchestra from 1986-1994. In college she studied with Dr. Lavar Krantz and double-majored in Music and Business.
Juli returned home to Maui in 1998 and rejoined the newly named Maui Pops Orchestra. She recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management and has taught several "local" student violinists, played in numerous weddings, and continues to support the community through Arts and Theater productions. In 2009 she played with a small ensemble in the "Sound of Music" and this past summer she was drafted from a reporter acting role to becoming the violinist for the "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" show with Maui On Stage. One of her musical highlights include recording a CD with a solo piece of Shania Twain's song, "Still the One" with local ukulele virtuoso Herb Ohta Jr. Juli is also an avid golfer, State Olympic Weightlifting Champion, and enjoys community service with Hawaii Blood Bank, Olowalu Cleanup and Maui Cultural Lands, Honokowai project. She is married to Val Patao and has raised keiki's Shawn and Sheylin Patao. Juli serves as the Musicians' Liaison with Maui Pops Orchestra Board members.
Nadine Quinsaat • Second ViolinNadine Quinsaat had her first violin lesson with Leah Tinkleman in June 2006 when Nadine was 13 years old. After a couple of months, she joined the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (MYPO) Junior. For the next two orchestra seasons, she was the concertmaster of MYPO Jr. She later joined the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. In February 2011, Nadine and several other MYPO members played with the Hawaii Youth Symphony I at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Aside from the violin, Nadine also plays the piano (the first instrument she learned to play), the guitar, and the recorder. Nadine is now entering her second year majoring in Accounting at the University of Hawaii, Maui College where she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
WenLu Duffy • Second ViolinWenLu started violin at age six, and later added piano, guitar, bass, and ‘ukulele to her repertoire. Now sixteen, she has played at many popular gigs around the island, including Zeptember, a Led Zeppelin tribute show at Mulligans on the Blue. She has opened for stellar performers such as Murray Thorne, Shea Derrick of Freeradicals Projekt, and MothXP.
WenLu also performs with the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Honolulu Youth Symphony, and the Maui Pops Orchestra. She enjoys playing every type of music, from Vivaldi to Led Zeppelin.
Nicole Yuzon • Second ViolinStarting as an after-school hobby at age 8, Nicole has now been playing the violin for six years. In that span, she has developed a skill that has earned her to perform with the Maui Pops Orchestra, the Maui Masterworks Festival, the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and Suzuki-Maui. She has played the "Schindler's List" solo during her school’s annual performance at the MACC’s Castle Theater, to the delight of her teachers and schoolmates. Nicole has received numerous invitations to play her violin at weddings and special events, both locally and off-island. She has volunteered to share her talent for her church's Youth Choir as a violin soloist. A special thanks to her teachers Iolani Yamashiro, Teresa Skinner, and Leah Tinkleman, for helping her to become a better violinist.
Nicole also plays bass clarinet for the Maui Community Band and the Maui High School concert/symphonic band. She is also learning to play the piano with her teacher Ruth Murata-Eisen and wants to become as well versed on the piano as on the violin. A freshman at Maui High School, Nicole aspires to become an exceptional musician and hopes to be in the medical profession in the future.
Jane Cho • Second ViolinJane started to play the violin in 2005 with Ms. Leah Tinkleman, when Jane was only six years old. A year later, she joined the Maui Youth Philharmonic String Orchestra under the direction of Ms. Iolani Yamashiro and soon became the concertmaster. In 2009, Jane joined the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra with Mr. Lance Jo as the conductor. She has performed in many places, including the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC), her school, various hotels and weddings, as well as for her church.
Aside from the violin, Jane also plays the piano and the alto saxophone. She had played the piano since the age of five. She started playing the clarinet in the 5th grade, but later switched to alto saxophone and has played since then. She has also been part of the Select Band during 2012 and 2013.
Ana Kalina • Second Violin •Ana began playing the violin at the age of 9-years-old in Southern California. She followed in the footsteps of her grandfather whose love for music included playing all the classical stringed instruments and the mandolin. Ana also later learned how to play the cello, piano, and ukulele. Ana has performed with alternative rock bands, chamber orchestras, and string quartets throughout her life. She currently performs with the Maui Pops Orchestra, Maui Masterworks Festival, and the Maui Chamber Orchestra. Ana also sings backup vocals and plays fiddle in a classic rock band from Lahaina called Zà. In 2004, Ana received her Master's Degree in Marital Family Therapy. In her private psychotherapy practice, she teaches music to parents and their children to facilitate and promote nurturing relationships. Find out more by going to her website: MauiHeartstrings.com
Teresa Skinner • Viola • PrincipalBio Forthcoming...
Joel GimpelJoel Gimpel
Joel Gimpel • ViolaFollowing my graduation from the University of Illinois, I was a music teacher and orchestra director in the East Aurora (Illinois) schools, concertmaster of the Fox Valley Symphony, principal cellist with the DuPage Symphony, first violin with the St. Louis Symphony, principal second violin with the Highland Park Strings, jobbing violinist and bass guitarist with dance and show bands in Chicago and, while attending law school, a violinist and bassist in the College Inn Orchestra of the Sherman Hotel.
In Hawai`i, I’ve continued my musical pursuits. I am now principal second violin with the Kamuela Philharmonic, and play violin and viola for private parties and celebrations and in solo and chamber music recitals. I’m a member of Kona’s Traveling Jewish Wedding Band and have been the violinist for many local theatre productions, as well as Music Director for THE FANTASTICS, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, URINETOWN, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, ANYTHING GOES, THE KING & I, OKLAHOMA!, and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Next year (2014), I’ll be directing FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
Colby Miyamoto • Viola •Colby Miyamoto was born and raised on the island of O’ahu. Playing the Viola since he was 11 years old, he took private lessons with Bree Lewis and now currently takes lessons with Ethan Pernela. He is an alumnus of the Moanalua High School Symphony Orchestra and the “Menehune” Marching Band & Color Guard. The orchestra was privileged to play at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York on March 31, 2013. From the Beginning String Ensemble to Youth Symphony I, he has also been a part of the Hawaii Youth Symphony for 7 years. Colby is currently in the UH Symphony Orchestra, while majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Hawaii (Manoa).
Michelle Romero Ancheta • CelloMichelle began playing cello at age 10. Her father, the late Dr. Jose' Romero, wanted his 4 children to form their own string quartet, and Michelle was assigned to play cello. Her first teacher was Roxie Berlin, then the late BJ Smith. She also studied with Beverly LeBeck on Oahu, under a Maui Philharmonic Scholarship. She remembers her teachers fondly.
Music has been an incredible adventure, allowing her to have wonderful opportunities, like going to Japan with Uluwehi Guerrero, and playing with and learning from Keali'i Reichel and Willie K. She is deeply grateful for both her parents' encouragement and support of music. In addition to performing with the Maui Pops, she is part of the Praise Band at Grace Bible Church's Wailuku Extension.
Cheryl Lindley • CelloCheryl Lindley is delighted to return to Maui and find a fine orchestra still thriving. She served as Principal Cellist of the Maui Symphony during 1976 and 1979 - 1981. Cheryl returned to the Greater Seattle area and subsequently earned a BA/BM in cello performance from the University of Washington. Cheryl has served as Principal Cellist of the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Principal Cellist of the Everett Symphony (for 21th seasons), and as a member of other Puget Sound area orchestras, numerous chamber groups and as a frequent substitute with the Yakima Symphony. She has taught cello for over 30 years and has appeared as a soloist in Washington, California and Hawaii.
Silvina Samuel • CelloSilvina started playing the cello at the age of 12. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Music Performance in 2005. During her degree studies she was also a two-time prize winner of the Solo Bach competition. She has acted as principal cello of the University Orchestra, as well as the Greater Victoria Youth orchestra and various community orchestras.
From 2005-2008, she was assistant principal cellist of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this, Silvina's musical life led her to attend Tafelmusik's Baroque Summer Festival as well as Banff Center's Masterclass program, studying with Shauna Rolston, Aldo Parisot and Christina Mahler.
Aside from her musical life, Silvina spends her time raising her two-year-old twin boys. She and her family have recently relocated to Maui and simply love living here.
Ron Schecter • CelloRon's primary teachers were Robert Gardner, principal cellist of the New York City Opera, and Frederick Zlotkin, principal cellist of the New York City Ballet. Ron performed for over thirty years in the New York City area, with such organizations as the Caecilian Chamber Orchestra, Trio Classico, the New Jersey State Opera, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, and the Waterloo Festival Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz.
Ron's versatility is reflected in his own arrangement and performance (with actor) of the poetry of T.S. Eliot to the music of J.S. Bach's Suites for unaccompanied cello, his string quartet appearances as opening act for the rock group "Meat Loaf" at New York City's Madison Square Garden, and his appearances at such venues as New York City's Hard Rock Cafe. His early music background includes jazz piano, accordion, and bass. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law. Currently Ron is a member of both the Maui Pops Orchestra and the Haleakala Chamber Orchestra, actively free-lances, and teaches cello privately.
Joe Mendonca • BassBio Forthcoming...
JoAnna Byng • FluteBio Forthcoming...
Peggy Schecter • Flute • PrincipalPeggy Schecter is the principal flutist with the Maui Pops Orchestra and the Haleakala Chamber Orchestra. Peggy earned her Bachelor and Masters from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julius Baker, N.Y. Philharmonic principal flutist. Recipient of a Fulbright award, she studied at the Paris Conservatory, and also with Jean-Pierre Rampal.
She participated in the Marlboro, Spoleto, Casals, Grand Teton, Rockport and Mostly Mozart Festivals, and performed with the Metropolitan, N.Y. City and N.J. State Operas, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and was guest artist with the Guarneri String Quartet at Lincoln Center. Peggy performed under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith and Oliver Messiaen.
Peggy is a founder and was artistic director of the N.J. Chamber Society, and served on the Board of the N.Y. Flute Club, for which she directed their Young Flutist's Competition. For 20 years she taught at Montclair State University, where she founded and directed the Flute Choir. She has recorded for the Columbia, Nonesuch, Pantheon, and Premier labels. Peggy teaches flute privately.
In 2011 Peggy formed the Maui Flute Choir, which is open to qualified flutists of all ages. The ensemble has been invited to perform on several MYPO concerts, at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Mall, and participated in the first TEDx Youth event at Seabury Hall.
Pono Fried • FlutePono studied Flute from age ten with Sharon Calandra in Yonkers, New York, played in All-County and All-State Band and Orchestra through High school, as well as for school musicals. He minored in music at Wesleyan University (Connecticut,) where he joined more intimate chamber ensembles under the tutelage of Peter Standardt. Highlights have been Master Classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, and studying with Julius Baker (NY Philharmonic/Julliard School.) Favorite flute repertoire includes Bach and Telemann, and he enjoys the challenge of all genres. Big Opera fan as well (especially Italian.)
At home on Maui since 1983, Pono has played in a variety of local and community groups, teaches (Master's of Arts in Education,) and does the wedding circuit, where he prefers the flute-harp and flute-cello duo. He writes string arrangements for Singer/Recording Artist Uluwehi Guerrero, plays flute at his concerts and for his albums, and produces Uluwehi's award-winning CD's. Pono has performed in Japan, Canada, France, Israel, and the U.S.
Mahalo for the blessing of sharing beautiful music with the Maui Pops!
Jazzlyn Woods • Oboe • PrincipalBio Forthcoming...
Sharon Nakama • Second OboeStarting Piano at the age of 8 under the instruction of Mrs. Grace Murata, then later transferring to daughter, Ruth Murata-Eisen, Sharon started her musical interest at a young age. Introduced to the oboe at age 11, Sharon has been involved in many musical activities.
Such activities include: Participating in Maui District Intermediate Select Band 2007-2010; Pacific Music Institute 2007/2009; Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra 2007-present; Maui Community Band 2007-present; Maui High School District Honor Band 2009; Baldwin High School Symphonic/Concert, Pep, and Marching Bands 2009-present; Baldwin High School Pit Orchestra For the play "Guys and Dolls" 2009.
Sharon also currently participates in the Hawaii Youth Symphony II.
Jerry Eisenberg • Clarinet • PrincipalBio Forthcoming...
Philip Smith • Clarinet •Phil Smith comes from a musical family that lived in Blytheville, Arkansas. His other three brothers are all professional musicians in the Memphis, Tennessee area. Phil began playing the clarinet when he was 8 years old. He was in the Blytheville High School band in the seventh grade; he was awarded a Music Scholarship to the University of Memphis and in 1964 a Music Scholarship to the celebrated Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. He recorded with Aretha Franklin in 1967 on the multi- million gold selling album "I Never Loved a Man The Way That I Loved You" for Atlantic Records.
Phil plays all of the saxophones as well as clarinet and flute and has fronted his own group in the Napa Valley for 30 years; "The Gentlemen of Jazz" with two independent recordings; "Songs In The Key of Love" and "Almost Live At Uva". His latest album is a collection of popular Hawaiian songs set to blues and jazz arrangements recorded on Maui with great Maui musicians entitled; "Aloha Y'all" He has performed or recorded with Willie K., Stevie Wonder, Big Joe Turner, Michael Bloomfield, Doc Sevrinson, Joe Williams, Les and Larry Elgart, Buddy Morrow, Pat Boone, Edie Gorme, VIc Damone, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Englebert Humperdink, The Smothers Brothers, Claude Thornhill and Charlie Rich to name a few.
Phil moved to Maui in the fall of 2010 and is active in his own group and as a side musician for the Maui Pops Orchestra, Moonlight Swing Band, and other groups on the island.
Jeff Alfriend • Clarinet •Jeff began playing the clarinet at age 12 growing up in Southern California. His inspirations were from Michelle Zukovsky of the LA Philharmonic, and Mitchell Lurie at USC. His private teachers were students of these prolific performers. He went to the University of California at Davis, and double majored in music and biochemistry. He continued on to professional school at the UC (Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine.
During his 9 years at Davis, he served as principal clarinet in the UC (Davis) Symphony Orchestra, and the Davis Comic Opera Company, and was a founding member of the Amadeus Trio. During his career as a veterinarian, music performance took a hiatus but now, 30 years later and retired from private practice, time allows for a renewal of this passion for playing.
Jeff now plays extensively in chamber groups, particularly in Prism, a trio for piano, viola, and clarinet. He also hosts chamber concerts at Halekalani, an intimate venue at his home in Kula. He currently takes lessons from Andy Lamy of the New Jersey Symphony via Skype, and in person when in New York.
Jeff continues to do veterinary work with the Maui Humane Society and Feline Foundation of Maui.
Keokoa Mahi BassoonKeokoa started music by learning the piano at age 7 from Leni Tanabe of Kihei, then the alto saxophone at Kalama Intermediate School with Mr. Ed Queja. Mr. Queja introduced the Bassoon to Keokoa during his 7th grade year. He is currently studying the Bassoon with Mr. Paul Barrett, Principal Bassoon of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
Keokoa enjoys participating in a variety of musical activities, like Maui District Intermediate Select Band 2009 - 2010; Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra 2011 - present; Maui Community Band 2011- present; Maui High School District Honor Band 2012; Maui High School District Mass Band 2011 – current, King Kekaulike High School Symphonic, Jazz, Concert, Pep, and Marching Bands 2010 - present; and currently for the Hawaii Youth Symphony II.
Keokoa also earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2011.
Lisa Owen Tuba PrincipalLisa hails from Stockholm, Sweden, and was educated there as well as in the U.S. She has a BA in Music from Thomas Edison University and has done post-graduate work at the University of Southern Oregon and Humboldt State University.
Lisa has been active on the Maui music scene for over 23 years. She recently retired from Seabury Hall where she had taught music for 18 years. She played with the Maui Symphony until its demise. She is the conductor and founder of the Maui Community Band and is also the leader of High Seas Dixieland Band, Maui Brass Ensemble, Moonglow Swing Band, Village Musicians and others.
Cody Sarmiento TrumpetBio Forthcoming...
Julius Galanto TrumpetBio Forthcoming.......
Sue Nakama French HornBio Forthcoming...
Heidi Vogel French HornHeidi has a degree in music from Fredonia State College in New York. She played with the Juneau Symphony in Alaska for eighteen years and currently is a member of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra on the Big Island as well as the Maui Pops Orchestra. Heidi has worked for the International Horn Society as the Executive Secretary since 1997. She currently lives in Lanai City.
Kerri Glickstein French HornKerri was born and raised on the island of Oahu, where she attended St. Andrew’s Priory School in Honolulu. She began studying the French horn with band teacher Mr. Gordon Tokishi, and continued her studies with Mr. Grant Okamura and Mr. Eric Kop at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from UH-Manoa and her Master’s from Kent State University, both in music education.
Kerri currently teaches 5th grade general music, and middle and high school band at Lanai High & Elementary School. She is grateful to have the opportunity to travel to Maui to be a part of the Maui Pops Orchestra.
Michael Rodney Bass TromboneMichael began studying trombone at age 10 in the public school programs of Westport, Connecticut. Upon graduation, he won a scholarship to the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford where he studied with John Swallow and Ronald Borror. He has played in diverse ensembles including orchestras, chamber groups, big bands, concert bands and pit orchestras in Connecticut, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, and now Hawaii. Michael relocated to Maui in 2012 and is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of the Maui Pops Orchestra.
Stephen Rodrigues Trombone PrincipalStephen began studying the trombone in the seventh grade with Mr. Noel Kuraya of Iao Intermediate School, then with Mr. Lance Jo of Henry Perrine Baldwin High School (both have since retired...). He studied euphonium and trombone under Mr. Kevin Carroll and Mr. Nathaniel Wickham, both students of Dr. Edwin "Buddy" Baker. He continues to play the trombone and euphonium in the Maui Community Band, the Maui Pops Orchestra, and for various musical theater productions around the island.
A graduate of HP Baldwin High, class of 1996, he is currently one of many alumni that teach at the school. Stephen attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor's of Music Education, Instrumental Education, and a Bachelor's of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education. He is currently a master's degree candidate with the American Band College of Sam Houston State University.
In the fall semester at HP Baldwin High, Stephen conducts a Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and a beginning Chorus class. In the spring, he offers Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, beginning Chorus and a Pit Orchestra to accompany the theater department's musical. In addition to these ensembles, he teaches beginning piano, classical guitar, and the occasional pre-algebra class.
Richard Tadaki TromboneBorn and raised on Maui, Richard earn his BA in Music Education from Central Washington State College and his MA in Music Education from University of Iowa. He taught elementary, junior high school, and high school band for three years in Washington State, then moved back to Maui where he continued his band teaching at the middle school level.
Richard, one of the original members of the Maui Symphony Orchestra, has played trombone in a variety of musical groups including show bands, jazz bands, and brass ensembles, and was a founding member of the Valley Isle Brass Quintet. Besides conducting his school bands, he has conducted a number of show bands and orchestras, and was the rehearsal conductor for the orchestra that backed up jazz legend Dave Brubeck in the performance of his Christmas Cantata here on Maui.
After an 18 year hiatus from playing the trombone and conducting, Richard picked up his horn again in February, 2009 and has been busy making a comeback in performance.
Henry Arroyo TromboneHenry Arroyo has 21 years of experience playing the trombone in all styles of music. His musical experience took him all across the world, working for years as the Musical Director for Carnival Cruise Lines. It is his hope to use this experience for the benefit of the Maui Pops Orchestra. Henry also enjoys photography and free diving.
Kristine Snyder Harp PrincipalKristine Snyder began her musical career playing piano at the age of 5. Being raised in a musical family, her older sister was already an accomplished harpist when Kristine followed suit and started playing harp in high school. In college, she majored in piano and minored in harp.
Kristine has performed and recorded with orchestras, symphonies, and gospel groups. In addition to playing for weddings, she works regularly in hotels and restaurants, and is principal harpist for the Maui Pops Orchestra. Kristine's CD, "Dinner with Blue", is a mixture of show tunes, light jazz, and favorites, and features solo harp as well as combinations of harp with violin, flute, piano, and bass. For more information, please see her website at www.MauiHarps.com.
Anne Durham PianoBio Forthcoming...
Preston Jones PercussionBio Forthcoming...
Paul Marchetti PercussionPaul Marchetti was born in Englewood, New Jersey in the New York Metropolitan area, in 1951. In the 60's and 70's he studied drums and percussion in the New York area with Carl Wolf, Sonny Igoe, Charlie Persip, Freddie Waits, Micheal Carvin, and Rubens Bassini. Emil Richards has been a mentor and teacher and he also studied with Joe Porcaro.
In 1973 and 74 Paul toured and recorded with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary. While working with Peter ,Paul had the pleasure of performing with Odetta, Noel Stooky, Paul Butterfield, The Dixie Humingbirds, and Toots and the Matals. During this time Paul appeared on such T.V. shows as the Tonight Show, the Merv Griffin Show the Mike Douglas Show, Midnight Special, In Concert with Dick Clark, and many local shows in various cities. In addition he also did live radio concerts, large concert halls, and colleges.
In 1976 Paul recorded with Brazilian musician, composer, arranger, and producer, Eumir Deodato, and also worked with Brazilian percussionist Rubens Bassini. During this period he worked with producer Stephan Galfas, on a number of different projects. In 1977 he recorded the rock opera "Intergalactic Touring Band ", a project for Passport records. Also along with "Meatloaf", "Status Quo", "Arthur Brown", "Percy Jones”, and “Ben E King”. During this period Paul was also recording jingles and soundtracks. In 1978 Paul worked with vocalist Martha Velez and recorded the album "American Heratbeat", for Sire Records. Later that year he toured Japan with Japanese rock star Joe Yamanaka, recorded the album "Joe Yamanaka Live At Nippon Budokan", for Atlantic Records.
In 1979 he worked and recorded with the rock band "Scance Brothers Band," and producer David Scance.
In 1980 Paul moved to Maui, Hawaii to work with the jazz group 'Main Course", featuring Brian Cuomo on keyboards, and Bob Harrison on bass. He found Maui to be very comfortable with a constant flow of great musicians coming through. Paul worked with keyboardist Lonnie Smith, whose good friend and island resident George Benson would come and perform with the band. In 1982 Paul became the house drummer at "Blackie's Jazz Bar ". Over the years on Maui he has had the pleasure of performing and recording with many prominent artists such as Emil Richards, George Benson, Joe Porcaro, Walter Becker of Steely Dan , Jon Hendricks, Willie Nelson, Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, Michael Mcdonold, Hutch Hutchinson, Tom Scott, Jackie Ryan, Alan Zavod, Pete Condoli, Gabe Baltazar, Bud Shank, Bill Perkins, Bill Evans, Gary Herbic, Richie Cole, Micky Rooney, Donald O'Conner, Michael Bublee, Michael Brecker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eldar Djangirov, Lew Soloff, Joe Caro, Eric Marienthal, Delfaeyo Marsalis, Michael Powers, Charlie Musclewhite, Mick Fleetwood, Deleayo Marsalis, Les MaCan, Javon Jackson, Jimmy Borges, Ricky Peterson, Howard Roberts, Rick Vito, Van Manakas, Steve Kindler, Baba Olatunji, The Nelson Riddle big band, the Maui Symphony, John Beasly, Johnny Rivers, the Shirells, and Bowser of Sha na na.
Paul has also performed and recorded with many Hawaiian artists such as Willie K, Maurice Bega, Henry Kapono, Jimmy Borges, Gab Balterzar, Henry Allen, Eric Gilliam, Danny Couch, Buddy Fo, Amy Gilliam, Gail Swanson, Lono, Sam Ahia , Howard Ahia, Marty Dread and Rodney Arias.
In 1992 Paul brought his wife Kathleen and son Claudio to Eurpoe to work and live in Italy, Switzerland, and Germany for 6 months. During this time he worked with Emil Richards, The Frieburg Jazz Orchestra, bassist Bernd Hietzler, vocalist Cicile Verny and percussionist Danial Moreno.
In 1993 Paul recorded with Water Becker of Steely Dan, on a soundtrack for the animated film "Mose the Fireman". Walter wrote the music in collaboration with keyboardist John Beasly. Walter produced the music. Over the years Paul has worked with Walter and legendary engineer Roger Nichols on various projects that he has produced, doing sampling and as drum tech for his solo recording and Donald Fagan's solo recording. Paul also works as Mick Fleetwood’s drum tech and has played percussion with Fleetwood’s Island Rumors Band.
Paul has also recorded and performed with New Age artists Bruce Becvar, Scott Cossu, Daniel Paul, Donna Delory, and celtic music with AnRel and the Celtic Tigers.
In 1994 Paul moved back to the New York area and worked with jazz guitarist Van Manakas, blues guitarist Todd Wolfe of the Sheryl Crow band, and the reggae band No Disipline.
In 1997 Paul moved to Colorado where he called home for 3 1/2 years and taught privately and worked with jazz artists John Zangrando, Mary Ann Moore, Bob Montgomry, Ellen Rucker, Mark Diamond, Paul Warburton, R&B artists Lionel Young, Hazel Miller, David Booker, Crieghten Holly, the Denver Center for Performing Arts production of "Red Hot Mama", Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and E Town the Public Radio show out of Boulder with special guest artists, such as David Alvin, formerly of the Blasters.
In September of 2000 Paul moved his family back to Maui where he continues to perform and record with Maui's finest, such as Kelly Covington, Fulton Tashombe, Shiro Mori, Bob Harrison, Brian Cuomo, Phil and Angela Benoit, The Maui Pops Orchestra, and the Maui Jazz Quartet featuring Emil Richards. He also works with great players who come to Maui, such as Eldar Djangirov, Emil Richards, Tom Scott, Delfaeyo Marsalis, Eric Marienthal, Jevon Jackson, Les Macan, Rick Veto, Joe Lewis Walker, Micheal Powers, Skip Martin, Bob Rock, Micheal Bluble, Mark Gabriel Hassleback, Jeff Richman, Ricky Peterson, Cory Linet, Van Manakas, and The Maui Pops Orchestra. In addition he has worked on various productions, such as "Phantom" at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. He also works with composer, pianist Robert Pollock, the creative leader of Ebb and Flow Arts, an organization dedicated to the presentation of Art, for enjoyment and education. He is teaching and donating time to music education and bringing music into the elementary, middle, and high schools.
Paul has performed in many of the 50 states, and on 5 continents, including Italy, Switzerland, France, Monte Carlo, Germany, Spain, Bali, Thailand, Maylasia, Morroco, Singapore, Australia, Japan, the Virgin Islands, St. Martin, St. Barts, Antigua, Martinique, Barbados and Canada.
Paul Marchetti is an endorsee of Remo Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Latin Percussion, and Vic Firth Sticks.