STRIKE UP THE BAND: See the rehearsal video of the band and bagpiper mentioned in the March 5 Lahaina News (see below)/ Click on the link below to go to You Tube, then search for Fred’s Garage Band Go for the Green.
A BAND and a Bagpipper
Voices of Maui • Beyond the Beach
March 5, 2015
BY NORM BEZANE , Lahaina News
KAANAPALI – Have you ever seen a bagpiper play with a rock band? Probably not; certainly not on Maui.
The awesome Fred’s Garage band (founder Fred no longer plays in the group) is setting a new standard for rock and roll in West Maui and will play with bagpiper Roger McKinley at a new Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset golf-dinner gala on March 14.
Lahaina Music rocked after hours last week as the band and bagpiper rehearsed. The combination may help the gala surpass the popular “Savor the Sunset” benefits for the Lahaina Public Library renovation sponsored by Sunset’s sister afternoon club.
Everyone associated with Fred’s Garage is an example of the remarkable people we have here on the West Side.
Frenetic drummer Ray Chin is an accomplished real estate agent by day.
Jason Jerome, who plays bass guitar, owns Lahaina Music and gives free ukulele lessons at Lahaina Cannery Mall and resorts.
“The experience of playing with a bagpiper makes things interesting. It can be boring playing the same songs all the time,” Jerome said.
Lead guitarist Mark Jackson, who started surfing in Southern California at age eight, is considered one of the most seasoned guitar players on the local Maui music scene, according to the band’s website.
The Rotary event, called “Go for the Green,” is spearheaded by an energetic committee headed by interior designer Renee Ward, also a new member of the club.
Co-president Liz May, who is the club’s “auction queen,” has run auctions at both the afternoon and evening clubs. When she’s not busy running 5A Rent A Space, May supports Women Helping Women. She also holds recycling weekends at the storage facility up in Honokowai.
Co-president Jim Fahnestock, when not forming and presiding over the new club, heads The Vintage at Kaanapali ‘ohana condominium group, which is at work building a greater sense of community.
The “Go for the Green” event is not to be missed. Bring your dancing shoes or go barefoot. And by the way, there is golf with it, too. Call May at 669-5200 or Google “Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset” to see the rehearsal band in action.