Life and Music in Hawaii by VON BARON This place never gets any less beautiful! Are you sure we should eat here? Coconuts anyone? View from one of my gigs! Playing music gets me into some of the most incredible places! The new “Kit Ebersbach” speaker stand! Only $19.95 plus shipping and handling. So lifelike! One of my heroes! We are a bunch of clowns really, music is just our front. With Betty Loo Taylor and Steve Loo! Roy Yamaguchi and Denise Hayashi at their annual Food and Wine Festival at the Aulani! Roy is a good drummer you know?! The performing arts visionary Wayne DeMello. Such a joy and honor to work with this man at Iolani School! One of the most energetic, positive and enthusiastic people I know, Reid Sagawa and I co-instruct for 4th-6th grade L.E.A.D. program and 7th Grade Life Skills class at Iolani! Fantastic piano instructor Ryoko Oka (on stage) organized this amazing recital for her students at Medici’s in the Manoa Marketplace. Here I was accompanying her student Carter Nakamoto (in blue) and his sister Nicole and mom Margaret (to his right). Here my drum student Kaela demonstrates that her dog really did eat her drum homework! My student Summer learning the ropes in how to play cymbals. Building those muscles! My student Lima rehearsing with the pros! Dan Del Negro, Arex Ikehara, Robert Shinoda and Jeannette Trevias all supported my drum students to deliver stellar performances at our annual concert! Thanks guys! Here we are at the annual drum concert! My student Carsten is on the drums and knocking ’em dead with his drumming and perfect hair! The concert was well attended and has always been a great partnership with Ward Warehouse to host this event each year. Played a really fun flute recital with Ji Hyun Rossi (second from right) at UH. Also joined by Mark Tanouye (far right) on bass and Megumi san (next to me) on piano. Her instructor is Sabrina Saiki-Mita (center). Great job Ji Hyun! Played my annual gig with visiting San Diego Jazz vocalist Allison Adams Tucker and Tommy James on piano. Was great fun as usual and Allison’s tunes and voice captivated the audience! Band photo! Thinking of my Grandma who loved to play Majong!