Band Director - Mr. Kitano
Mr. Casey Kitano just completed the requirements for a Bachelor's of Education in Music at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He currently teaches ukulele at Ukulele Hale, and has served as the low brass clinician for Highlands Intermediate and Moanalua High School. He is a part-time member of the Royal Hawaiian Band, and is a past section leader in the UH Wind Ensemble and orchestra. In 2013, Mr. Kitano was the winner of the UH music department's concerto competition, where he had the privilege to solo on tuba with the UH Wind Ensemble. He has also soloed with the UH Concert Band on ukulele. He was also a tuba student of Thomas J. Ricer.
Past Band Director - Ms. Kusunoki
Ms. Kusunoki is in her eleventh year of teaching band and piano, nine of which were at Kailua Intermediate School. Previous experience includes teaching band at Jarrett Middle School and Kawananakoa Middle School. Ms. Kusunoki holds a Bachelor's of Education degree and a Master's of Arts in Music Education degree from the University of Hawai`i Manoa (UH). While at UH, she was privileged to study clarinet under the tutelage of Mr. Henry Miyamura. From 2009-2013, Ms. Kusunoki chaired the O`ahu Band Directors' Association (OBDA) Middle School Honor Band and served as the OBDA Treasurer from 2014-2016. She has been fortunate to have the opportunity to guest conduct the Maui Intermediate Select Band, the UH Summer Band, and the OBDA Middle School and Beginning Honor Bands, as well as adjudicate the Kaua'i Solo and Ensemble Festival. Ms. Kusunoki was awarded as Teacher of Year for Kailua Intermediate School in 2013 and the Windward District Teacher of the Year in 2016.
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