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Derek Yamane

Lecturer in Music, Orchestra


Derrick Yamane received both his Master of Secondary Education and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. A retired music teacher, he has taught music at various public and private schools on Oahu since 1971. Eleven of those years were also spent as Hawai‘i Youth Symphony’s Concert Orchestra conductor. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Colorado All-State Honor Band (Gunnison), O‘ahu Band Director’s 8th Grade Select Band, and Maui District Massed and Select Band.

Mr. Yamane is a lifetime member of the O‘ahu Band Director’s Association (OBDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Hawai‘i Music Educators Association (HMEA). He credits Mr. Hajime Kuwada, his mentor, and Mr. James Uyeda, his inspiration, for encouraging him to pursue music as a profession.

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