Hawaii Youth Symphony

HYS Welcomes Col. Jason K. Fettig to Guest Conduct 2019 PMI Symphonic Band


HONOLULU (MARCH 28, 2019) – Hawaii Youth Symphony is proud to welcome Colonel Jason K. Fettig to serve as Special Guest Conductor of its Symphonic Band during its 2019 Pacific Music Institute this summer. Colonel Fettig is a member of “The Presidentʻs Own” United States Marine Band in Washington D.C. and will guest conduct the Pacific Music Institute Symphonic Band concert on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

“The President’s Own” is widely considered the premier concert band in the nation and gives countless performances throughout the year.

“At Hawaii Youth Symphony, we pride ourselves in opening new doors of opportunity for our students to learn from renowned musicians and cultural leaders,” said Randy Wong, President of Hawaii Youth Symphony. “It is an immense honor to have Col. Fettig in Hawaii, to teach and inspire our students. The values he embodies as one of our nation’s foremost artistic leaders are qualities that our organization strives to develop in our own students and those who participate in HYS programs.”

Colonel Fettig has served in the band since 1997, first joining as a clarinetist, and was promoted to Assistant Conductor in 2001. He has been at the helm of “The President’s Own” since 2014. As Director, Col. Fettig is the music adviser to the White House and regularly conducts the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the Executive Mansion and at all Presidential Inaugurations. He also serves as music director of Washington, D.C.’s historic Gridiron Club, a position held by every Marine Band Director since John Philip Sousa.

Throughout his career with the Marine Band, Col. Fettig has been deeply committed to music education and has taken an active role in the evolution and expansion of the many educational initiatives of “The President’s Own” such as Music in the Schools and Music in the High Schools. Col. Fettig has represented the “The President’s Own” on

numerous occasions as a soloist, adjudicator and clinician as he regularly conducts both concert bands and orchestras for all-state and honor festivals.

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About Hawaii Youth Symphony

Established as a non-profit organization in 1964, the Hawaii Youth Symphony promotes and celebrates the importance of music study on academic achievement and social-emotional development, through its mission to develop youth to their fullest potential through orchestral music. Its programs service youth through orchestral music education, performances and community engagement. Each year, the organization serves more than 700 students ages 7 through 18 from over 100 schools statewide. For more information, call (808) 941-9706 or visit