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Carlisle nominates bandmaster for Royal Hawaiian Band

Clarke Bright (on left) & Mayor Peter Carlisle (on right) Clarke Bright (on left) & Mayor Peter Carlisle (on right)
Clarke L.K. Bright Clarke L.K. Bright
Ron Bright Ron Bright

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The City Council must now approve the new man chosen to lead the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Mayor Peter Carlisle selected Clarke L.K. Bright Thursday to be the new bandmaster.

The Damien grad has a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Hawaii. He's served as band director at Kamehameha Schools' Kapalama campus since 2002, and says he's ready for a new challenge.

Clarke says, "It is a transition for our family that we are looking forward to. We are excited to be part of serving the community in a musical endeavor that has been part of our families lives for so long, and we get to continue it now."

His father, Ron Bright, says "It's so wonderful to see how he affects the lives of people: students and adults. We're really proud of him. Clarke's dad Ron is also well known as the longtime Castle High performing arts director.

If confirmed, Clarke will replace former bandmaster Michael Nakasone, leading the band that was formed in 1836 by the order of King Kamehameha III.

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