Kerry Wasano is the Director of Bands at Maui High School in Kahului, Hawaii. His responsibilities include conducting the Concert, Symphonic, Marching and Pep Bands. He is a 1989 graduate of MauiHigh School, and went on to the University of Hawai`i at Manoa to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1996, and his Post Baccalaureate Certification in Secondary Education in 1998. He has studied conducting with Mr. Grant Okamura of the University of Hawai`i Band, and Mr. Henry Miyamura of the University of Hawai`i Orchestra and Hawai`i Youth Symphony Orchestra. In the Spring of 2006, Mr. Wasano traveled to Russia to study wind band conducting at the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts and the Moscow Military Conservatory, receiving a completion diploma and the title “Director of Folk Art, Specializing in Wind Band”.
Mr. Wasano is an accomplished saxophonist, and has performed with the University of Hawaii Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Saxophone Choir and Saxophone Quartet. He has also taught saxophone privately to students of various levels of ability. Mr. Wasano served on the University of Hawaii “Rainbow” Marching Band field staff, equipment staff, has charted pre-game drill designs for football games, and arranged some of the pep and marching show music.
In 1998, Mr. Wasano was hired as the Director of Bands at Maui High School. Since then, they have taken successful trips to Oahu to participate in the Oahu Band Directors Association Parade of Bands, the Kamehameha Schools Tournament of Bands, and the Mililani Trojan Bandfest. In 2005 they toured San Francisco, and in 2008 went to Los Angeles to participate in the Disney Magic Music Days clinic and concert at Disneyland. Since 2005, the band has grown considerably and has nearly doubled in size, with the marching band now being at approximately 120 members. In 2010-2013, under his direction, the band won four consecutive Sweepstakes Awards at various competitions on Oahu. In 2014, it was announced that the Maui High School Marching Band & Color Guard has been invited to march in the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2015.
Mr. Wasano is a past member of WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles), MENC (The National Association for Music Education), and the Maui District High School Band Association. He was inducted into the American School Band Directors’ Association (ASBDA) in 2012, considered one of the most prestigious school-level band directors’ organizations in the nation. Mr. Wasano has served as one of the directors of the All-Star Hula Bowl Band (1999-2001), and was the Maui Director of the Hawaii All-State Marching Band that marched in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California (2003, 2009) and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City (2005). In 2013, he was selected as the Head Band Director for the Hawaii All-State Marching Band that marched in the 2014 Rose Parade.
Kristin Tanaka is the Director of Choral Activities at Maui High School in Kahului, Hawaii. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, Bachelor of Arts in Music and Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education.
While at the University of Hawaii, she served as a field staff with the Warrior Marching Band from 2002-2004 and Head Drum Major from 2005-2007. She has also performed with the Symphonic Band under Mr. Dan Kalantarian and Dr. Brandt Payne, and the University of Hawaii Symphonic Wind Ensemble under Mr. Grant Okamura.
In addition to her responsibilities as Director of Choral Activities, she also serves as the Assistant Band Director for the Maui High School Marching Band and Color Guard and visual staff for the 2014 Hawaii All-State Marching Band.