Senior A Ensemble
The Langley Ukulele Ensemble is now in its 41st year – 32 years under the direction of Peter Luongo, and, for the past 8 years, under the direction of Paul Luongo. During this time the group has developed a reputation at home and abroad for excellence in musical performance. The 18 ensemble members range in age from 12 to 18 years, and are students attending middle school, secondary or post-secondary institutions.
Just prior to the pandemic drastically impacting the ensemble's Spring and Summer plans in 2020, the ensemble had performed just over 50 times between September 2019 and March 2020. Notably, they toured Anaheim, California where they participated in the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). Although the ensemble was unable to rehearse or perform in person for the remainder of the spring and summer, they returned in the Fall of 2020 with a new appreciation for making music together and working towards creating experiences and opportunities within the parameters set forth.
In October of 2020, the ensemble had its first-ever live stream performance and, in hopes of reaching a larger audience, broadcasted a pre-recorded, live presentation of their Themes of Christmas production that winter. In the spring, the ensemble's musical director, Paul Luongo, went into Monarch Recording studio, in Vancouver, BC, to begin recording the ensemble's newly released album "Celebrate: 40 Years of Enriching Lives Through Music". This album served as the primary project that the ensemble worked towards all last spring in anticipation of recording in July 2021. With alumni members within the past 20-years also participating and performing on the album, this experience provided many positive moments to look back on the 40 years of the Langley Ukulele Association and all it has accomplished and provided in life-enriching experiences for its past and present members.
This 2021-22 performance year, the ensemble has already committed to nearly 40 live, in-person performances. Ranging from public community events like The Mount Lehman Fall Fair to private functions, like the Gift of Time Gala for Canucks Place & Hospice, the ensemble has enjoyed performing in front of live audiences, while extending their productions online to share some presentations across the province, country, and world. This spring the ensemble hopes to be able to travel and perform locally in Victoria, BC as well as a part of the Okanogan Tattoo in Vernon, BC. Although the LUE hopes to return to Hawaii for a 26th annual tour sooner than later, its members and director look forward to seeing our community and world return to being in a safe enough place for everyone to be able to work, live, and play together safely.
The group’s motto is “Enriching Lives through Music”. The members are challenged to strive towards excellence in musical performance and to use music as a vehicle through which they can be role models and leaders among their peers. The group members see themselves as musical ambassadors for Canada, British Columbia, and Langley, as well as for youth. They hope to leave audiences with a sense that there is a reason to be hopeful about the future of today’s youth.
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