Performances celebrate jazz's reach beyond borders during National Jazz Appreciation Month
honolulu, Hawaii —The Grammy-winning Honokaʻa High School Jazz Band is performing on Oʻahu this month as part of National Jazz Appreciation Month which culminates in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Jazz Day on April 30.
The Honokaʻa High School Jazz Band is a group of advanced music students at Honokaʻa High and Intermediate School. Under the direction of Gary Washburn, dedicated teacher and accomplished jazz artist, the band has long been considered one of the state’s top high school bands and has received local and national recognition for its excellence.
The band will perform a series of free concerts on Oʻahu from April 25-28. This year, the theme of Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates jazz beyond borders, exploring how jazz unites people across geography and culture.
"These students work together to create something beautiful and meaningful. Music resonates across cultures, languages, and traditions; we've all experienced music's unique ability to bring people together. As a music and jazz lover, I'm thrilled that the Honokaʻa Jazz Band continues to share this gift," said Representative Mark M. Nakashima (Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo) a former student of Washburn.