David Hirano earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Music Education from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2004. Upon graduating, Mr. Hirano taught Music for three years at Kailua Intermediate school then went back to school full time to pursue his Master’s Degree in Music Performance. He graduated with his Master’s Degree of Saxophone Performance in 2010. Mr. Hirano went back into the classroom and taught two years at Kahuku High and Intermediate School and three years at Radford High School as the Band Director. He is currently the newest full time member of the Royal Hawaiian Band as a saxophonist (primarily baritone saxophone). Mr. Hirano is also in the 111th Army Band, Hawai‘i Army National Guard. He enlisted in the Army in 1997 (right after he graduated high school), and has been a member of the band ever since. He currently serves as a Team Leader and Enlisted Conductor in the Band.
Aside from teaching and performing Saxophone, Mr. Hirano dedicates time to promoting the Saxophone. He served as Vice President of The Hawai‘i Saxophone Foundation, a non-profit organization created to raise the level of awareness and education of the saxophone in Hawai‘i.
As a performer, Mr. Hirano shared the stage with notable musicians such as Trumpeter, Allen Vizautti and Eric Miyashiro (Jazz/Big Bands). He also performed in many musicals (pit orchestra) locally in the Mānoa Valley Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre, Paliku Theatre, and Richardson Theater (Army Community Theatre). He performed in the Honolulu Saxophone Quartet, has been a member of the University Saxophone Choir since 1997-present, and currently leads the Sax Forte, Saxophone Quartet (111th Army Band), and His most recent performance in a Wind Ensemble was with the Combined Forces Military Band in honor of Military Appreciation week.