The Langley Ukulele Ensemble
The Langley Ukulele Ensemble is now in its 37th year – 32 years under the direction of Peter Luongo, and, for the past five 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 20 ensemble members range in age from 13 to 18 years and are students attending middle school, secondary or post-secondary institutions. During this past year, the ensemble travelled to Honolulu, Hawaii where they celebrated their 24th annual tour at the Sheraton Waikiki resort, the 40th Anniversary Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax, and the 17th Annual Stratford Music Festival. Performing as many as 80 concerts per year, they have travelled throughout Canada and the U.S., as well as to Japan. They have performed at many local community events like the CTV Toy Mountain Christmas Event, Global Christmas Wish Breakfast, Whistler Arts Festival, and Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival to name a few. In this coming year, the ensemble will return to the Sheraton Waikiki resort in Honolulu, Hawaii for the 25th year. 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.