Mele Fong and her husband Richard Tom – The Hawaiian Serenaders – sing and play the Ukulele Band Jingle to the tune of Home on the Range on ‘ukulele and u-bass over photos of 10 years of playing Band shows in the community (words below). #playuke #ukulelemusic
Mele’s arrangement of the song is in C and D with 2 Waltz Strums for ‘ukulele.
This is the signature song of the Maui Ukulele Pops Band. A member rose to the challenge in 2012 to come up with a song with lyrics to introduce Band members to audiences at shows. The tune was taken from the song Home on the Range written by Brewster Higley and Daniel Kelley in 1870s. Mele arranged the derivative work. Band members took Mele’s ukulele classes at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better, many since Mele began teaching in January 2009.
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Native Hawaiian Mele Fong from Maui is an experienced educator and professional entertainer with over 50 years experience playing the ‘ukulele – Hawaii’s official instrument. Are UKE having fun yet? Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way!
Oh give us a tune we can sing as we croon
With na ukulele playing along
We will cheer as we play in the old fashioned way
While we bring life into a song.
Mele sings the lead
As Rich on the bass keeps the beat
Maui Ukulele Pops Band is the life of the land
So aloha, we’re glad we could meet.
Hula dancers have we, Bev, Janet, Linda and Kelcy
And don’t forget Kathleen
The strummers sing loud, make a hit with the crowd
And bring sparkle into the scene.
The rest of the gang is here
Andrea, Ellen, Eileen, Faith and Sandy
Vocals by Mel and Gail, their voices sound swell
Maui Ukulele Pops Band is a dandy.