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The History of the Royal Hawaiian Band Collection, 1836-1980

Author:
Bandy, David Wayne Secretary, Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band
Subject:
Oliver
Hyatt, George Washington (African American)
Merseburgh, William
Northcott, William
Medina, Frank
Berger, Henry
Peters, Kalani
Baker, Robert H
Kealakai, Mekia
Amasiu, John
King, Charles E
Moro, Domenico
Baptiste, William L
Christoph, Earle
Krause, Lloyd
Kawashima, Kenneth K
Kamehameha King of Hawaii
Physical description:
0.3 cu. ft.: 1 box
Type:
Theses
Collection descriptions
Masters theses
Place:
Honolulu (Hawaii)
Hawaii
Date:
1836
1836-1980
1830-1980
1830-1880
1980-1990
Notes:
The Royal Hawaiian Band is important as a musical organization: it is the only American band founded by royalty. It has been suggested that the founder of this band was King Kamehameha III, who wanted a musical ensemble to play at various events, including funerals for royalty and parades and festivities sponsored by the government. It is also the first band to be composed of native Hawaiians with an ethnic diversity of band leaders that is probably unequalled. During its long history band leaders included an escaped American slave, a Portuguese, a New Zealander, a Prussian, and a German from Weimar. It is also said to be the oldest municipal band in the United States.
Summary:
A thesis documenting the history of the Royal Hawaiian Band, 1836-1980. The history of the band is important because it parallels the history of Hawaii itself and the development of music education. Research sources included books, newspaper articles, periodicals, diaries, government papers and documents, and interviews. Appendices include sample musical programs, musical reportoire, membership rosters, listing of tours and a listing of sound recordings.
Cite as:
The History of the Royal Hawaiian Band Collection, 1836-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Bands (Music)
Musicians
Bandmasters
Ethnic diversity
Local number:
1989.3126 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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