The Pacifica Ukes
From its inception as an extra-curricular school club in the 1990’s the Pacifica Ukes has evolved into a community based performance group as we know it today. The ukulele ensemble has gained a reputation both locally and abroad for its versatility and quality of musical performances. The “honour” ensemble, or “A” group, is comprised of students in the middle to high school ages. In addition, a “Junior Strings” program was established in 2012 to facilitate entry into the Pacifica Ukes program.
The Pacifica Ukes program draws its members from the various local schools in the Campbell River and surrounding area. Entry into the program is open to all children, starting at age 9 (grade 4 level). Membership into the honour ensembles is by audition, based on each student’s musical skills and voice. The “Pursuit of Excellence” is the motivational driving force for these eager and talented young musicians and sets the standard for others to follow.
Each performance presents the audience with a diversity of musical selections from traditional Hawaiian to Classical and Contemporary, including Jazz and Pop styles. This diversity makes the Pacifica Ukes a highly versatile group with wide audience appeal. Balanced with additional accompanying instruments, the group offers a subtle blend of delightful entertainment for audiences young and old alike!
The Pacific Ukulele Association is a registered non-profit society from Campbell River. It's purposes are:
- To provide an opportunity for young musicians to grow musically and personally by participating in ukulele performance ensembles.
- To promote, foster and maintain a high quality of music and musicianship through performances.
- To promote community awareness of the ukulele program by encouraging the groups to perform often for community events and organizations. The group performs as the “Pacifica Ukes” from Campbell River.
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