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UH Rainbow Warrior Marching Band

Registration Open Between May & June

Central to the pride and pageantry so uniquely associated with college football, since 1923 the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior Marching Band has played a pivotal role in UH athletic events and campus life. The only university marching band in the state of Hawai’i, the UH Marching Band is composed of 250 students representing nearly every major on campus. One of the most visible ensembles in the Department of Music and the largest student organization on campus, the UH Marching Band presents pre-game and half-time shows at all UH home football games at Aloha Stadium.

Through rehearsals, student camaraderie, and the excitement of marching in front of thousands of cheering fans, the students of the Rainbow Warrior Marching Band share rich experiences that create social as well as musical bonds that last a lifetime.

The UH Rainbow Warrior Marching Band has been seen and heard on national television supporting the UH Warrior Football team. The band has also played for sell-out crowds in the 50,000 seat Aloha Stadium, our home football venue. Other appearances include the 1989 Aloha Bowl in Honolulu, the 1992 Holiday Bowl in San Diego, the 1999 Oahu Bowl, and the 2002 and 2003 Hawaii Bowls in Honolulu.

2023 Marching Band Staff

Dr. Adam Kehl, Marching Band Director
Gwen H. Nakamura, Assistant Director
Justin Woo, Director of Operations
Sean Mitchell, Drumline Instructor

Jessica Ackerley, Graduate Assistant
Robynne Asato, Color Guard Director
Janelle Sanqui, Rainbow Warrior Dancer Director


Here at the University of Hawai‘i we have a style that is all our own. Over the past 6 years we have distilled our sound to its current form, a highly groove-oriented drumline hell-bent on making the listener “nod their head.”

The drumline is here to cheer on our athletic teams with love, support and hot beats. We are the tip of the spear in terms of fan participation at sporting events, a conduit of fan energy to the players on the field. With our high-energy beats, we aim to galvanize the fans, cheerleaders, dancers and band into one voice cheering on Hawaii’s team.

As a member of the drumline, you are a part of the gameday experience!!! From pep rallies to the Tailgate Jams, Pregame, playing in the stands, cheering, halftime and the postgame jam, the drumline is an integral part of the gameday experience from beginning to end. People who come to the games are just spectators, the drumline is in the game.

UH Drumline Summer Workshops
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These clinics will give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the audition music, find out more about the audition process, learn the UH Drumline approach and build chops. It is also a good chance to get to meet new people and make new friends. Bring sticks, a practice pad, your music, a pencil and earplugs. While the clinics are not mandatory, coming to a clinic will only help you in the audition process. A write-up of each clinic will be posted to the UHDL Audition Info Facebook group.

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Sean Mitchell


Pep Bands

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The University of Hawai’i Pep Bands are composed of students enrolled in the UH Marching Band. The pep bands perform throughout the year at all women’s volleyball games, men’s and women’s basketball games, campus events, and pep rallies. Each spring, members of the UH pep band also travel to the Big West Basketball Tournament.

During the UH Basketball season, the UH Marching Band performs at the Stan Sheriff Center in a rotation of pep bands at the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games, playing Pep Tunes and Tags, and keeping the crowd excited. The UH Basketball Pep Bands are led by conductor Gwen Nakamura. Listings and schedules for the UH Basketball Pep Bands will be posted as the information becomes available.

During the UH Volleyball season, members of the UH Marching Band perform at the Stan Sheriff Center as a pep band, playing Pep Tunes and Tags, and keeping the crowd excited. The UH Volleyball Pep Band is led by conductor Gwen Nakamura. The full Volleyball schedule can be found on the Hawaii Athletics Page.

UH Pep Band Cheers on the Rainbow Warrior Football team to victory in San Diego, San Jose and Las Vegas just to name a few! Members of the band traveled to the mainland with the football team and performed at several events including pep rallies, alumni events and the of course the game!

Color Guard

The University of Hawai’i Color Guard (UHCG) is the non-musical section of the marching band that provides the additional visual and theatrical aspects to the performance. It consists of individuals who dance while spinning flags, rifles, and other visual props.
There are no auditions in order to join!

UH Color Guard Pre-Season Conditioning:
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These conditioning events will give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the pre-game show routine before band camp. It is a good chance to meet new/incoming and returning members. While pre-season conditioning is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Equipment will be provided and RSVP to the events on the UH Color Guard Facebook at University of Hawaiʻi Colorguard. 

2023 Conditioning Dates:
July 9, 16, 23, 30 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm 
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Robynne Asato


Feature Twirler

UH Feature Twirler 2021-2022: Callyn Marvell

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The UH Rainbow Warrior Marching Band has a long tradition of featured twirlers. The Feature Twirler is one of the most important and highly visible positions in the band, performing with the band at all home football games, bowl games, pep rallies, university and community events, and special performances at basketball and volleyball games. The position is filled when open, and a scholarship is provided.

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Rainbow Dancers

The University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior Dancers (UHRWD) not only represent UH Manoa, but also the state of Hawai’i and its people. Associated with the University of Hawai’i Marching Band, we aim to uplift and invigorate the dedicated fans of our beloved school. Whether it be at pep-rallies, tournaments, football games, basketball games, or out-of-school appearances, we always strive to put out our best performance. The UHRWDs are made up of dancers from all over Hawai’i as well as from the mainland. Versatile and trained within many styles of dance, we continuously entertain the fans of UH Manoa with our different techniques. Our love for dance, UH Manoa pride, and the energetic fans never fail to push us to be the inspiration for others.

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2023 Marching Band Leadership Team

Drum Majors
Dane Pinell, Head Drum Major
Michael Englar, Assistant Drum Major
Zachary Caluya, Assistant Drum Major

Luke Lapitan, Flute Section Leader
Elizabeth Talioaga, Flute Section Leader
Brittney Namahoe, Flute Section Leader

Kyrie Higa, Clarinet Section Leader
Kylie Nakano, Clarinet Section Leader
Kerilyn Yoshimura, Clarinet Section Leader

Alto Saxophone
Harley Beltran, Alto Saxophone Section Leader
Jake Yoshimiura, Alto Saxophone Section Leader

Tenor Saxophone
Adrian Abcede, Tenor Saxophone Section Leader
Brandon Kim, Tenor Saxophone Section Leader
Quentin Shores, Tenor Saxophone Section Leader

Zoe Tateyama, Horn Section Leader
Keoni Yanos,  Horn Section Leader


Josiah Costales, Trumpet Section Leader
Tahia Finau, Trumpet Section Leader
Mark Gorospe, Trumpet Section Leader
Michael Yamada, Trumpet Section Leader

Christopher Feeney, Tromphonium Section Leader
Ashanna Guyton, Tromphonium Section Leader
Jordan Hirayama, Tromphonium Section Leader
Jericho Macabante, Horn Section Leader

AJ Simpao, Tuba Section Leader
Dylan Serrano, Tuba Section Leader
Paul Nocon, Tuba Section Leader

Tevin Takata, Drumline Section Leader
Jonah Shimatsu, Drumline Section Leader
Kaila Pojas, Drumline Section Leader
Brooke Schroeder, Drumline Section Leader

Color Guard
Taryn Reiko Matsuda, Captain
Krysten Nakamura, Captain
Sydney Corro, Captain
Ralyn Chaffis, Captain

2023 Marching Band Student Staff

Equipment Manager
Jordan “Jojo” Silva, Equipment Manager
Jialiang “Jolly” Wu, Equipment Manager
VACANT, Equipment Manager

Field Staff
Jomar De Gracia, Field Staff
Kobi Gima, Field Staff
Riki Haraguchi, Field Staff
Marisol Ko, Field Staff
Eric Ono, Field Staff
Kyra Tanoue, Field Staff


Office Staff
Ashanna Guyton, Office Staff
Isabella Pasa, Office Staff
Mika Toor, Office Staff

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