fter more than six decades of playing swing music on Kauai, the Starlighters big band will be performing their last show tonight.
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Hats off to the b est band in the land—THE STARLIGHTERS!!!! It was such a joy and a pleasure for me to be a part of this legendary group of musicians who got together to provide live music—big-band style, playing the exact same arrangements of Glenn Miler, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James—and you name ’em, if the arrangements were available, we played them! We went all over the place—and the music was divine…the dancers, appreciative…the events, enjoyable! To ALL who were and are members of the Starligihters Band—thank you for your commitment to great music and the opportunities to enjoy your talent! Sincerely, Jose Bulatao (piiano)
Article in TGI about Starlighters
I have enjoyed watching the Starlighters ever since i saw them practicing in my Uncle Richard Hamada’s auto top shop in Waimea when I was still in elementary school. I enjoyed their music throughout high school. After I left Kauai in 1960, I lost touch with their music, but after I retired and began to visit Kauai often, I would take in their concerts. I will miss their music, and especially I will miss seeing and talking with my cousin Danny. Thank you to my cousins who have played with the Starlighters, Dickie, Ronnie, Danny, and Ernie. You have given joy to more people than you can imagine!
I am saddened that the Starlighters are disbanding. With family (and an ex-wife of trombonist 91 year-old Bill Bryner), I have enjoyed attending your concerts for many years while visiting my daughter in Koloa. Thanks for providing wonderful 3rd Friday entertainment.