Pacific Fleet Band hosts clinic for Moanalua Middle School musicians

Musician 1st Class Andrea Sematoske of the Pacific Fleet Band reviews a piece of sheet music with a bassoon player from the Moanalua Middle School symphonic band, Jan. 27.

Musician 1st Class Andrea Sematoske of the Pacific Fleet Band reviews a piece of sheet music with a bassoon player from the Moanalua Middle School symphonic band, Jan. 27.

Story and photo by Ensign Britney Duesler

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

The Pacific Fleet Navy Band performed for more than 100 students at the Pu’ukaheia Conference Center at Waianae as part of the annual Moanalua Middle School band clinic, Jan 27.

The concert consisted of three performances by the band’s woodwind, brass, and dixie land ensembles, and highlighted the diverse capabilities of the musicians.

“This was the first time the Navy brought ensembles,” said Steven Agasa, one of two band directors for Moanalua Middle School. “It was great for the students to see small groups play, because they perform in ensembles for the last day of the camp.”

Band members from the Pacific Fleet Band provided individualized instruction to smaller groups of students after the performance. They rehearsed music for the students’ upcoming music festival in February, and focused on the basics.

Musician 1st Class Rebecca Jenkins, a tuba player from Alexandria, Virginia, offered individual positioning strategies for students, while Musician 2nd Class Deanna Brizgys, a clarinet player, started her session by having students clap out the music.

“It’s great for students to see professional musicians playing in their career. Hopefully it will inspire some of the students to continue on and perform in service bands,” Agasa said.

The camp, held at Pu’ukaheia Conference Center, provided intense musical training for the students at Moanalua Middle School. The camp included a performance from the Royal Hawaiian Band as well. Each year, approximately 100 students, mainly from the 8th grade symphonic band, participated in the camp.

“We use this opportunity to teach kids respect, community, and independence as well. We focus on core ethical values like integrity. It’s a big mission for us,” said Ryan Howe, Moanalua Middle School band director.

For Chief Musician David Baine, a French horn player from Lake St. Louis, Missouri, working with local schools is a much-treasured opportunity.

“Music education outreach is a very important part of what we do. It’s a chance for us to give back to the community, and work with the community so that they can see a different aspect of what the military does, but it also gives us a chance to work with the schools—where all of us started our music education,” Baine said.

For more information on the Pacific Fleet Navy Band, visit their website at www.cpf.navy.mil/ band or check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USPacificFleetBand.

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