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ALAN G. FETTERMAN

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February 04, 2014
Best to Mr. Fetterman's friends and family. I was a band student of his as a teenager and am still an active musician today. He is much appreciated!
January 03, 2014
A Facebook page has been set up in Mr. Fetterman's honor: https://www.facebook.com/AlanGFetterman

Please feel free to post comments and pictures. His legacy will live one.
December 26, 2013
Mr. Fetterman was my high school band director. He gave us a great experience by taking the band to Hawaii in 1976-77.
I enjoyed being one of his students.
He and Mrs. Fetterman were great people.
December 12, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family of the late Alan G. Fetterman.

I was a member of Mr. Fetterman's first band in Hawaii, the University of Hawaii Laboratory School, also known as University High School (UHS). I was recruited from outside the UHS system, being told that Mr. Fetterman was an excellent music director who previously had an outstanding marching band program in Florida. They said that Mr. Fetterman was hired by the University of Hawaii to help build a band for an experimental music project.

These representations proved to be true. When I entered the UHS band as a sophomore, we were playing grade 2-3 music, a grade significantly lower than what I had been playing in the outside middle school. By my senior year, under Mr. Fetterman, we were at grade 5-6, the highest level of difficulty. That year we traveled to Washington D.C. to perform for Congressional leaders.

A lesser known fact is that Mr. Fetterman was the de facto original leader of the University of Hawaii Marching Band. This is according to Dr. Richard Lum, who was the band director of the University of Hawaii at the time. Dr. Lum told me that he had been asked by the University of Hawaii Athletic Department to create a marching band for half-time performances like the major universities on the mainland. Dr. Lum said that all of his attention was focused on running the University of Hawaii Music Department and his well-known Concert Band, so he asked Mr. Fetterman for assistance. For the next three years, Mr. Fetterman did all the work required to get the band on the field and up to Athletic Department expectations. It should be mentioned that for those of us who received partial tuition waivers for playing in the marching band, this explains why the money came from the Athletic Department. Meanwhile, Dr. Lum says that he is especially grateful to Mr. Fetterman for having tirelessly worked to put the program together entirely without pay. Today, the University of Hawaii Marching Band has reached parity with the mainland university marching bands. This is unquestionably a part of Mr. Fetterman's legacy.

There is another part of his legacy here in Hawaii. Two of his former students formed a band instrument repair shop. This repair shop trained
a third person. Today, though they are competitors, their three shops provide most (perhaps up to 90%)of the band instrument repair services for the State of Hawaii.

As for me, suffice it to say that Mr. Fetterman was my father figure during my high school years. Later, when I graduated from law school, Mr. and Mrs. Fetterman surprised me with a congratulatory card. For the past 40 years, there was never a day when I didn't think about them.

Mahalo and Aloha to my dear friends.

Robin Leong
UHS Class of 1973
December 10, 2013
Alan and Donna Fetterman

Together at last
Melody and harmony
Early, never late!

Your grace and kindness shall continue to live on in all of us.
Aloha and Mahalo nui loa,

Kathy Watanabe Tyler '76
University Laboratory School
Honolulu, Hawaii

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