2014 Band Upcountry

Upcountry Fair

The Maui Ukulele Pops Band returned for the third year to perform at the 34th Annual Upcountry Fair on Sunday 8 June 2014. The Band performed first followed by the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio. . We remained dressed in our Band informal attire appropriate for the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) setting which made it easy to stay on stage after our 45-minute set without changing costumes.

We experienced one snafu during “The Maui Waltz”, when Rich’s chord suddenly flew out of his u-bass so we momentarily didn’t have any bass accompaniment. However, we just kept on playing and then he plugged back in and continued playing. No problem. This was the first year that we plugged Hinano’s ukulele into the sound system so everyone could hear his “fill” parts during the Band show and during our next show. What fun we had!

Eight Band members included Andrea, Ellen, Hinano, Holly, Janet, Kathleen, Linda, and Sandy (plus Mele and Rich).

(Photo taken at the Upcountry Fair at Oskie Rice Field and Arena, Olinda, 8 June 2014)

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Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.