Lance Jo, Assistant Conductor
Lance Jo began his music career as a band student at Baldwin High School. He continued his education at Indiana University, Bloomington, receiving his Bachelor of Music Education degree. After serving two years on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France, he returned to Indiana University and earned his Master of Music Education degree.
Mr. Jo started his teaching career in 1964 at the old Hamakuapoko campus of Maui High School. In 1967, he moved to Baldwin High School when Maui District initiated band classes in the elementary schools. At Baldwin, Mr. Jo was responsible for the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Pep-Marching Band. He also conducted the Pit Orchestra which provided live music for Baldwin's Performing Arts Learning Center's musicals. Over the years, the shows included Oliver, Carousel, Grease, The Wiz, Hello, Dolly!, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Big River. Mr. Jo also taught piano, classical guitar and guitar/ukulele classes.
In June 1995, the Baldwin High School Symphonic Band traveled to Washington, D.C., and presented concerts in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II. The band also performed at Disneyland in Anaheim, California as part of the trip.
Mr. Jo was a guest conductor of the Massed Band at the 32nd Maui District Intermediate Music Festival on April 27, 2002. He was also the guest conductor of the Honor Band at the 27th Maui District High School Music Festival on May 8, 2004. Mr. Jo has served on the faculty of the Pacific Music Institute, a Hawaii Youth Symphony-sponsored summer institute on Oahu, for 21 years as a clinician and conductor. He also is the Music Director of the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, now in its fifth year.
After thirty-nine years of teaching, Mr. Jo retired from the DOE on July 1, 2003.