Grant K. Okamura
Professor of Music, Director of Bands, Trumpet, Conducting
Mr. Okamura's Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the University of Hawaii performance at the 1996 College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division Convention and the 1994 American Bandmasters Association elicited many letters regarding their outstanding performances. In 1993, his Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the World Association of School Band Ensembles in Valencia and the Coups de Vents band festival in France. Mr. Okamura has served as Assistant Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. He has also formed and conducted the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, an ensemble comprised of musicians of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and students at the University of Hawai`i. He served as the Musical Director of the Hawaii Youth Symphony between 1979 and 1985. He has served as guest conductor at the Oregon State University, the Illinois State University, the University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra and most recently the Florida State Wind Ensemble. He is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 1994, he hosted a joint convention of the American Bandmasters Association and Japan Band Directors Association in Hawaii. He is an active member of the Oahu Band Directors Association (President 1996-97), Hawaii Music Educators Association (President 1988-90), College Band Directors National Association, Hawaii Band Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference.
See additional information on Mr. Okamura on the U.H. Bands pages.