The Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra is a 26-piece jazz band made up of local musicians, college students, high school students, ABC Store managers, waitresses, and music educators, under the direction of Mr. Casey Nagata.
Founded in the summer of 2009, the ensemble performs all over Maui and features local musicians from around the island, including Paia, Makawao, Pukalani, Kula, Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, and Lahaina. Our primary goal is to spread our love of jazz to the people of Maui.
We also play for free food.
You can occasionally see the CSJO perform at Wailuku First Friday, Makawao Third Friday, the Shops at Wailea, Whalers Village, and Maui Tropical Plantation.
Current Band Members: Alto Saxophone- Casey Nagata, Mariko Nagata, Todd Goldner Tenor Saxophone- Siuai Laufou, Alex Tesoro Baritone Saxophone- Beth Sederstrom
Trumpet- Cody Sarmiento, David Kuraya, Keokoa Mahi, Reid Matsui, Julius Galanto, Lorraine Konohia
Trombone- Sherwin Valencia, Sonny Gamponia, Sue Roberts, Chris Sierra, Elizabeth Konohia, Ryan Tesorio
Guitar- Rusty Higa, Prem Brosio Bass- Joshua Hearl Keyboard- Harmony Laufou, Randy Soroyama Drums- Perry Gragas