RICHARD S. LUM
RICHARD S. LUM Richard S. Lum, 90 of Honolulu, HI passed away on September 18, 2016. Lum was a Professor of Music, Emeritus, at the University of Hawai'i, where he served with distinction as Director of Bands for more than 25 years. He was instrumental in building both the concert and marching bands into organizations that were regarded as among the best in the nation. Lum retired from the University in 1985. Previous to his appointment to the University, Lum directed the Kaimuki Intermediate School Band and the McKinley High School Band. At McKinley, he laid the foundation for that organization to attain national prominence. After retiring from the University of Hawaii, Lum was the band director at Hawaii Pacific University from which he retired from in 1995. Having studied trumpet under Renold Shilke of the Chicago Symphony, Lum was an accomplished trumpet player and was first chair for the Honolulu Symphony for over 15 years in the 1950's and 60's. Throughout his career, Lum gave private lessons to hundreds of trumpet students. He continued this avocation after he retired and gave his last lesson just months ago. Lum served as President of the Hawai'i Music Educators' Association, and was a founder and President of the Oahu Band Directors Association. He was also State Chairman of the College Band Directors National Association and the National Band Association. During his years as Director of Bands at the University of Hawai'i, Lum guest conducted the United States of America Armed Services Bi-Centennial Band from Ft. Mead, Maryland and numerous university and high school honor bands across the country. In 1971, Lum was invited to membership to the American Bandmasters Association, and in 1972, was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Mu as honorary national member. In 1973, he was selected by the School Musician Magazine as one of the outstanding conductors in the United States and Canada for the school year 1974-1975. In 1975, the State Senate adopted a resolution commending Professor Lum for his active role in promoting music education in the state of Hawai'i. In 1985, he was selected by the All-American Magazine as Band Director of the year. In 1987 his alma mater, McKinley High School, installed him into the school's Hall of Honor. In 1995, U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka introduced a resolution honoring him on his contributions to music in the state of Hawai'i and country. In 2011 the Hawaii Music Awards awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 Governor Neil Abercrombie proclaimed December 3, 2012 as "Richard S. Lum Day". He is survived by son, Michael Lum (Laurine) and daughter, Carolyn Lum. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 16th at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Visitation 9:30 am. Service 10:30 am. Burial 1:00 pm. Aloha attire. No flowers.
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