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The Honolulu Wind Ensemble (formerly known as the Honolulu Community Concert Band) is a state & federally recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, comprised of 75 volunteer members who enjoy playing instrumental music and performing for the community. All walks of life are represented within HWE, including teachers, lawyers, engineers, scientists, military personnel, doctors, students, and retirees. New members are welcome to join us.
Since 1973, HWE has performed a wide variety of entertaining and challenging band literature, from marches & light pop to classical works and symphonic transcriptions. HWE has performed at historic Hawaii Theatre, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Kawaiahao Church, the State Capitol, and Honolulu Hale (City Hall). Regular performances are scheduled throughout the year at Ala Moana Centerstage, M.M. Scott Auditorium, and at various schools, shopping centers, and festivals on the island of Oahu.
HWE has entertained thousands of people in Hawaii and throughout the world via its live performances, television broadcasts, internet website and webcasts. HWE has performed at the request of the Mayor of Honolulu, the Governor of Hawaii, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Hawaii Music Awards, and was featured at the Aloha Tower Marketplace’s annual 4th-of-July Fireworks Spectacular.
Guest performers at previous HWE concerts include former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, local entertainer Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, the late Loyal Garner, Honolulu Symphony principal trombonist James Decker, Australian Ballet & Opera Orchestra principal trumpet Brian Evans, and South Jutland (Denmark) Symphony principal trombonist Don Immel. The 2004 Fall Concert helped to raise over $80,000 to reunite Iraq-bound soldiers of the Hawaii National Guard’s 29th Brigade with their families at Christmas. In 2006, the band traveled to New Zealand and Australia, performing at the world-famous Sydney Opera House. In 2008, HWE collaborated in several performances with ensembles from Azusa Pacific University, Hawaii Pacific University, and the Honolulu Symphony Chorus.
In 2011, the Omiya Community Band was scheduled to perform a concert with HWE on March 12th. However, when the musicians from Saitama, Japan, were on their way to Narita Airport on March 11th, the devastating earthquake and tsunami dashed their hopes of leaving for Hawaii. The joint concert never happened, but HWE performed a benefit concert that raised more than $5,000 for the Japanese tsunami relief effort.
On January 28, 2012, HWE performed in a joint concert with the Omiya Community Band (Saitama, Japan) and their internationally distinguished conductor, Toshio Akiyama.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the HWE relies heavily on the kindness of the public to sustain its operations. All donations are tax-deductible, and go directly to offset equipment, facility and office expenses, as well as new music purchases to expand our repertoire.
Federal employees, military personnel and spouses may support the band through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). You may designate the band as a recipient of your charitable donation.
Our organization code is: 99689
Checks should be made out to “Honolulu Wind Ensemble.”
Donations may be mailed to:
Honolulu Wind Ensemble
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 410
Honolulu, HI 96819
Mahalo for your support!
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