John Riggle - Managing Director
John Riggle is a native of California, first arrived at Kamehameha Schools in 1977. He had taught at the Kapalama Campus High School band program for past 33 years where the Kamehameha Schools Warrior Band and Color Guard has developed into one of most renown and successful marching band in the U.S. The band has traveled extensively and performed a exclusive events throughout the US, Europe and Asia - highlights included the Pasadena Tournament of Rose Parade, Presidential Inaugural Parade, London New Years Parade, Orange Bowl Parade, and the Sugar Bowl Halftime show. The group also appeared in University of Hawaii, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens football games. John Riggle initially retired from Kamehameha Schools in 2009. Afterwards he spent two year at Holy Family School as the band director for the middle school. He returned to Kamehameha Schools as temporary band director 2012-2013 and led the band to their second appearance in the US Presidential Inaugural Parade. Mr Riggle recently retired from Hawaii Department of Education after completing his second year as band director at Kailua High School.
He also established several other music and performing organizations in Hawaii, including: Hawaii Music Ambassadors, Na Koa Alii - Hawaii All State Marching Band, Ku Kila Kila - Kauai All Island Marching Band, Polynesian Dance Ensemble of Hawaii and the Kamehameha All Warrior Marching Band. He enjoys developing programs that give opportunity to students to perform and travel from the various schools of Hawaii.
Mr. Riggle also had a special opportunity to lead the 70th Anniversary Commemoration Pearl Harbor Mass Band in 2011.
In 2019, Mr Riggle was honored as co-Grand Marshal with Aaron Mahi for the 103rd Annual King Kamehameha Day Floral Parade. He also received recognition from Chalkboard Champions for his work with Na Koa Alii - Hawaii All State Marching Band.
Mr. Riggle began his music career in a small band as a drummer. Later he performed in jazz ensembles and combo groups and in pit orchestras for musicals. He was initially band director at Sunnyvale High School between 1969 -1977 where the band flourished into one of the top marching bands in Northern California. He has also been an adjudicator, clinician and advisor to other bands and performing groups.
Mr. Riggle attended San Jose State University where he received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees in Music Education. He currently lives in Kaneohe, Hawaii with his wife, Lani. He has five children, seven grand children and five great-grand children.
Mr. Riggle was the founding director of the Na Koa Ali'i - Hawai'i All State Marching Band. He served in both managing and performance director capacities and has been involved in every tour since 2003.
Matt Urabe - Lead Performance Director & Oahu Island Director
Matt Urabe is currently the Director of Bands at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus at Honolulu, Hawaii. Previously was the Assistant Director from 2010 until 2015. He is also a proud alumnus of Kamehameha Schools class of 1999. For an unprecedented fifth time in its prestigious history, Matt lead the marching band which appeared in the 131th Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2020.
Matt attended Oregon State University where he attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and Music. His duties for the Oregon State University Marching Band included public relations, marketing, administrative duties, game day management and recruitment. Matt also arranged music for the marching band and pep bands.
Matt was selected to be the Lead Performance Director and Oahu Island Director for the 2019 Na Koa Ali'i - Hawai'i All State Marching Band which appeared in the 130th Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. He had also served in same capacity on 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Tour.
Dr. Rickey Badua - Group Travel Planner
Charles Iwanaga - Group Travel Planner
Mr. Iwanaga has developed an extensive background -- having taught, designed or consulted numerous bands and drum & bugle corps in Northern California and Hawaii. Many of these groups have won local, national and international awards and distinctions; as well as toured throughout the United States and abroad. 1998-1999 Mr. Iwanaga was on the visual staff of the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, which had won the Drum Corps International World Championships in 1999. Mr. Iwanaga has also served on the Board of Directors for Santa Clara Vanguard – where he held the positions of Chairman of the Board and Booster Club Treasurer. He was also member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Alumni Corps, and was instrumental in establishing the SCV Alumni Association. He recently performed with the Alumni Corps who were featured at the 2017 DCI Championship Semi-Finals. He was a four year member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps which won the Drum Corps International Championship on his age-out year in 1978.