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HYS Partners with Iolani School for PMI Summer Jazz Intensive

HYS is excited to announce the launch of the PMI Summer Jazz Intensive, in partnership with Iolani School. Building on an outstanding tradition of big band and combo jazz at PMI, this new program will be held June 7-13, 2020 and will welcome students across the state and Pacific Rim.

Spearheaded by Dean Taba, Director of HYS Jazz, and Curtis Abe, Director of Iolani School Stage Bands and Combos, this strategic partnership will provide participating students with an expanded range of faculty, new performance opportunities, and access to Iolani School’s state-of-the-art rehearsal facilities. Taba and Abe brainstormed ways for the two programs to combine their resources in an effort to provide the highest quality jazz education, at the lowest cost, to all students in Hawaii.

The resulting week-long program will allow as many as 100 students to receive expert instruction from more than a dozen notable jazz musicians. Best of all, they’ll have the opportunity to meet other students their age and at their level who are highly motivated to learn about jazz while they learn from an outstanding and diverse group of mentors.

Hawaii resident, out-of-state and international students are invited to register for the PMI 2020 Jazz Intensive at

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