CHS Students to Visit Pearl Harbor for International Musical Tribute

December 4, 2015

 

by Doug Robinson

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will allow Campbell High School music students to visit Pear Harbor and be a part of a musical tribute..  Students of the CHS Music Department have been invited to participate in the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor in December 2016.  Together, with thousands of students from around the world, they will “provide a commemorative performance for the 75th anniversary,” according to David Adkins, committee chairman for the event.

“December 7, 1941, is forever etched in the history and culture of both countries.  It is our ultimate goal to pay tribute, and never forget the tragedies of World War II.  Our mission of this cultural exchange is to show the world a truly remarkable manner how cultures once opposed can now work together and learn from each other through the gift of music.”

This “Once in a Lifetime Opportunity” will afford the Campbell High School students the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor, the Battleship Missouri Memorial and USS Arizona Memorial as they participate in the National Festival of the States.  Their visit will also include a trip to the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Washington Place (Governor’s Mansions), the State Capital Building, Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha statue, educating the students on both American and Hawaiian history.

Tours of the Oahu, a climb up Diamond Head, leisure time on Waikiki, and barbecues will round out their “down time” when not performing.

“The National Festival of the States is an annual concert series developed by Music Celebrations in various cities throughout the United States” writes Music Celebrations International.  CHS students will join other schools from across America, as well as Japan, as they perform.  “Our mission of this cultural exchange is to show the world in a truly remarkable manner how cultures once opposed can now work together and learn from each other through the gift of music.”

The band musical selections include the U.S. national anthem; the Japan’s national anthem; “Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī” the Hawaiian State Song; the Armed Forces Salute; Furusato – Traditional Japanese “My Old Country Home;” and “Eternal Father Strong to Save.”  The choral musical selections include the U.S. national anthem; “Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī” the Hawaiian State Song; “America the Beautiful”; and “One Voice,” composed by Barry Manilow and arranged by Robert W. Smith.

The 40 music students who have signed up for the trip are responsible for the $2,900 expense.  Band and choral members have been encouraged to use their musical skills and perform for the public in an effort to raise the funds.

Should you wish to contribute to or hire these students to assist with their fundraising needs, call music teachers Jill Deleault or Phil Martin at 546-0300, ext. 3133, for more information.