The County of Hawaii is planning to fire its entire band which has been in existence since 1883. These musicians are among our community’s finest and are the very musicians hired by our local choral groups when instrumental accompaniment is required. We’ve already lost the Honolulu Symphony due to bankruptcy. The Hawaii County Band however, has been fully funded by County taxpayers, but overzealous administrators have decided that unilaterally cutting 1% of the Parks & Recreation budget is the onyl way to balance the operating budget! We need to flood the office of Mayor Billy Kenoi and the Hawaii County Council members with letters and emails of advocacy and support to fund the band in its entirety.
Please go to Facebook and type in Hawaii County Band to read more and access names and addresses. Your help is greatly appreciated.
I was once the choral director at UH-Hilo, and know what a vital role the Hawaii County Band has played on the Big Island. Cutting the total funding for this band is a terrible idea, and I hope that such short-sighted move can be subverted! Yes, these are tough times, but areas should not cut out important cultural institutions such as this. Good luck! You have my utmost support.