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Posts from July 2014

July 12, 2014 | 7:33 pm

Mr. Wayne Fanning Conducts and Niu Valley Middle Band Students Perform to Unprecidented Heights

"I've attended each National ASBDA Conference since 1988. This is a very tough crowd. I've never heard such a drawn out standing ovation for any band!" exclaimed Mr. Lloyd Nakahara, guest conductor/ASBDA President in 1996.  Sandwiched between Mr. Zachary Morita conducting the opening piece, and Mr. Wayne Fanning conducting the final numbers was Mr. Nakahara and Composer Brian Balmages' World Premier. When Mr. Fanning lowered his baton to conclude the last piece, there was a roar of approval from the audience. Tears flowed freely. ASBDA member continued to clap enthusiastically for a duration that brought Mr. Fanning back for a curtain call three times and our student-musicians were emotionally drained. Parent chaperones brought out the tissues for themselves. What was significant  and noteworthy: the traveling band members were not a hand-picked group, but a team of students who wanted to play. Mr. Fanning was quick to point out the performances of past Niu Valley Middle students and those involved with the Music Program.

July 12, 2014 | 5:54 pm

Baton Gifted by Mr. Lloyd Nakahara to Student in Historic Event

Band conductors use a variety of educational strategies to have students meet musical goals. In the case of guest conductors, students need to adjust to a different style of conducting. During a rehearsal in Hawaii, Mr. Nakahara asked students to compare the difference between two starting moves. Students were perplexed, and a few incorrect responses were given.  Until student Austin Shimabukuro said, "You changed batons!" Mr. Nakahara smiled warmly and said, "In my entire career, active and retired, nobody had ever observed that!!" So to open the rehearsal in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mr. Nakahara handed his historic baton to Austin in this historic event! Mr. Nakahara was a long-time band director in Hawaii, retired 11 years ago, and served as the national president of the American Schools Band Directors Association! Congratulations, Austin

July 12, 2014 | 5:51 pm

Director of Music Mr. Wayne Fanning Uses Imagery to Bring out Musicality

In Cedar Rapids, while rehearsing the band for the ASBDA Concert, Mr. Fanning suddenly stopped in the middle of a moving passage. He told all students to think of THE MOST wonderful experience in their life, and put that feeling into the passage. The result can be summed up as "chicken skin!"

July 12, 2014 | 4:23 pm

Niu Valley Middle School Band Performs at 60th ASBDA National Convention

Three years in the making, the 2014 NVMS Band traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Home of the First ASBDA Convention this week. They were invited by Kevin Beaber, President of the American School Band Directors Association after their performance in Denver, Colorado, in 2011. Band and Polynesian Ensemble Director Mr. Zachary Morita opened the performance. Fine Arts Department Head and Director of Music Mr. Wayne Fanning followed. Guest Conductors were past ASBDA President (1996) Mr. Lloyd Nakahara and Composer Mr. Brian Balmages. Seven songs were performed.

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