‘Iolani Marching Band

‘Iolani Marching Band

The ‘Iolani Marching Band is made up of high school students in the upper level concert bands (Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble), and performs with the ‘Iolani Dance Team at Raider varsity football games and participates in the various marching band competitions on the island.

Its five-day/four-night band camp is held on the Big Island every summer in preparation for its first field show at the Father Bray Memorial Football Classic. The ‘Iolani Marching Band and is often the first band on the island to perform its halftime show each season.

Our marching band has had a long history, and past credits include the Gator Bowl halftime show and parade in Florida, and the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Internationally, they have represented Hawai'i and the United States in the annual Chingay Procession in Singapore. Locally, the band has hosted visiting bands from Japan and the United Kingdom in recent years.

The ‘Iolani Marching Band is under the direction of band alum Manny Dayao '97, who received his Bachelor’s degree in music education from the Conservatory at the University of the Pacific and his Master’s degree in performance from the Boston Conservatory. Former directors include Richard Hotoke, Fred Li and Wayne DeMello.

The band is honored to perform with the proud members of the ‘Iolani Dance Team, which has won numerous first-place awards and one grand champion award at Sharp Regionals. In addition, the dance team has also won many awards at the Spotlight dance competition, including in choreography. Dance team performers range in age from 5 to 18. The group is headed by dance teachers Cyrenne Okimura, Vickie Sakamaki and Keri Abe.

Additionally, several band students eager to support our Raider athletic teams also have organized a fully student-run pep band to cover basketball, volleyball and water polo events.