Hawaii Youth Symphony President Randy Wong works hard, so children can play

Left to right: With maestro Joe Stepec, ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro, and the Hawaii Youth Symphony for a live performance…. Randy Wong, in his happy place…. Bass quartet with Bingwen Yang, Braizahn Jones, Hayden Joyce, and Randy Wong…. Hawaii Symphony Orchestra bass section…. Wong and wife Helen Liu.

“I am very grateful to HYS for being a constant, positive force in my life, and am honored to now serve as its president. Our vision to make music a right, and not a privilege, deeply resonates with me — all children should have an opportunity to learn a musical instrument, and to become the best version of themselves.”

“Having an opportunity to play music is something that every child deserves, and it’s up to us adults to protect and promote pathways to make it possible for them to do so.”

Being a member of a union means that I will always know people who appreciate the craft as much as I do.

Reading music notation is like reading a graph; the X-axis is time and the Y-axis is pitch. It’s also like reading an equation — each note is symbolic notation, or poetry — dynamics and phrase markings are analogies.

Randy Wong’s Waitiki band plays Martin Denny’s “Manila” at Hawaii Public Radio.

Jazz Medium©: Feeling the music, one review at a time.

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