Pearl City High School Bandmaster Chadwick Kamei was recognized recently at the school’s Symphonic Winds concert for his induction into the High School Band Directors National Hall of Fame. This honor is presented by the High School Band Directors National Association (HSBDNA), an organization that advocates for musical curriculum in secondary schools and promotes band and orchestra excellence. Only 65 bandmasters nationwide have received this award since its first recipient in 1982.
Kamei has dedicated more than 15 years of his services and expertise to the students at Pearl City High. Under his leadership, the Chargers have been recognized internationally for their performances, even traveling to China, England, Japan and the continental U.S. to compete and perform. He is also one of the 300 chosen members to partake in the prestigious American Bandmaster Association for the United States and Canada.
In Hawai‘i, Kamei has made significant contributions to the local school band community. Since 2006 he has taken on the responsibility to coordinate the annual Oahu High School Marching Band Festival. In 2014 he established the Hawai‘i Wind Band Festival for high school and middle school students. With his leadership, these programs ultimately elevated secondary school band programs across the state.
“This is a significant honor recognizing stellar work,” said Michael Nakasone, a longtime former band director for HIDOE schools who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013. “It is fitting that Bandmaster Kamei be inducted.”
According to HSBDNA, music education enhances the academic development of every child. Through the National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame, the organization honors the nation’s finest and most dedicated teachers who promote a more well-rounded curriculum for students. Those selected for this exclusive title demonstrate and contribute to extraordinary band teaching.
“The Department of Education recognizes the value that learning fine arts brings to our students and their curriculum,” said interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi. “We are incredibly lucky to have educators like Bandmaster Kamei, who are passionate about what they teach and commit their time, energy and care into our students and schools.”
Kamei was honored by officials including Gov. David Ige and received a personalized certificate of recognition from the Department, congratulating him on his accomplishments and thanking him for uplifting the Department on a national level.