The History of the Royal Hawaiian Band Collection, 1836-1980
Bandy, David Wayne Secretary, Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band
Hyatt, George Washington (African American)
Baker, Robert H
King, Charles E
Baptiste, William L
Kawashima, Kenneth K
Kamehameha King of Hawaii
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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.
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.
The History of the Royal Hawaiian Band Collection, 1836-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History