First, a message from our Honolulu Wind Ensemble President, Mr Benjamin Gascon:

My fellow band members,

I do hope everyone is doing what they can to stay safe. As we all know, the current state of things regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is not going to go away anytime soon. With the safety and well-being of our membership being our first priority, the board and I encourage all of you to continue abiding by federal, state and county proclamation orders of "stay-at-home/work-at-home" whenever applicable, as well as CDC and DOH guidelines of personal hygiene and social distancing.

We all want to convene and start up again, but we can not consciously consider this until gathering regulations are lifted and we have absolute certainty that we will not jeopardize anyone's health- whether it be our membership, students and staff of Sacred Hearts, or other people in the community. With this in mind, we must say it simply- NO REHEARSAL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

We are all struggling in different ways. This pandemic has brought us a whole new world from one one we thought we knew just a few months ago. Never have I seen so many masked people outside of Asia. Never have I witnessed people standing so far apart in what can be such a small amount of space. Never have I seen so few cars on the road. Never have I seen so many police cars out in force. Never have I seen... Well, the list could go on and on. But we all see it out there, whenever we leave home for essential business and activity.

Please encourage each your friends and family, as well as each other during these unprecedented times. Please stay on top of the news and let's get through this thing- so that one day we can actually play some music again.

And please, don't forget to mask up.

Good luck to us all...

Who We Are

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 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

What We Do

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.

Our special relationship with the Omiya Wind Symphony

In 2011, the Omiya Wind Symphony 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 Wind Symphony and their internationally distinguished conductor, Toshio Akiyama.  

In June 2014, HWE traveled to Japan and performed again with the Omiya Wind Symphony at a joint concert at Saitama Hall on June 14, 2014.  In a special presentation and signing at the concert, the Omiya Wind Symphony and the Honolulu Wind Ensemble were officially recognized as sister bands.

Support the HWE & Community Music in Hawaii

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.  

Checks should be made out to “Honolulu Wind Ensemble.” 

Donations may be mailed to:

Honolulu Wind Ensemble
P.O. Box 4236 

Honolulu, HI 96812  

We also participate in the AmazonSmile program.  Details appear on our Fund Raiser page.

Mahalo for your support!

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