2011 - Present
Clarke Bright was appointed Bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band by Mayor Peter Carlisle in 2011. Prior to his appointment, he was a band director at Kamehameha Schools for 13 ½ years. He taught at the High School, Middle School and Elementary levels. He also coordinated the Kamehameha Schools Summer Performing Arts Academy in 2009. He has coordinated band and choir trips to New Zealand, Japan, the East Coast, the West Coast, the Big Island, Maui and Kaua‘i. He served on the management team at New Hope Christian Fellowship and lead the performing arts department at the church for 7 years. His band directing commenced at Waimanalo Intermediate School, where he worked for 4 years. He has been the music director for his father's theatric musical productions for 30 years. He has also directed musicals for New Hope Christian Fellowship and Hope Chapel. He is a retired member of the 111th Army National Guard Band, where he served for 21 years. He has arranged and composed percussion ensemble and marching music for many high schools. He has also served as a clinician and adjudicator at various local tournaments.
He is married to Lynell Bright, an elementary music teacher at Kamehameha Schools and director of the Kamehameha School's Children's Chorus. He has two sons. His older son Christopher is a 2010 graduate of Kamehameha Schools and a 2014 graduate of Chapman University where he majored in film and minored in music. He is presently employed at Disney's Animation Studios in Burbank California. Christopher was a snare drummer for the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. His younger son Timothy, a 2013 graduate of Kamehameha is pursuing a BFA in Acting at Mason Gross Performing Arts Conservatory, Rutgers University. Clarke received his bachelor's degree in Secondary Music Education from the University of Hawai‘i.