Activities and Entertainment

Bradley Leighton

A flutist since the age of 10, Bradley Leighton has devoted a lifetime developing a sound and style that sets him apart from other devotees of the instrument. Bradley’s music education began with the vibrant jazz education programs that thrived in his native Pacific Northwest in the 70’s.  Early on he participated in clinics with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Bud Shank. He was highly influenced by players in the big bands of that era; Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and others whose sax players often doubled on flute. He developed a liking for a more aggressive approach to the instrument. Upon graduating from high school in 1979, he joined the US Army as a flute/piccolo player and has been performing and teaching ever since.

During the 80’s and 90’s Bradley was a fixture in the Seattle music scene. He honed his skills playing in a number of different groups from duos to big bands – playing jazz, funk, rock, pop and anything else that interested him. He spent two years at the University of Washington studying classical flute with Professor Felix Skowronek and Jazz Studies under Marc Seales – along with regular gigs with popular Seattle pianist Deems. In 2000 Bradley relocated to Southern California and continued pursuing his career with friends already there.

During his 18 years in California Bradley produced six CD’s as a leader and several singles on his own or for other artist’s projects. His music can be found on all major streaming services and he is a member of the recording academy. Bradley is also a Yamaha Recording Artist and clinician. He has led a flute choir for adult amateurs for many years and was a featured performer at Seaport Village in San Diego for nine years. 

In late 2019 Bradley moved to Hilo, Hawaii where he continues to perform.

The Pomai Serenaders

Pomaikaʻi Brown, Russell Paio and Dwight Tokumoto offer soothing music of Hawaiʻi featuring the Hawaiian Steel Guitar of yesteryear. Their devotion to perpetuating this
‘True Hawaiian Sound’ has afforded them travel to numerous destinations worldwide and continues to impress visitors to the Big Island.

Danny Almante

Hawaiian composer, performing artist and story teller, Danny Almante guides listeners holo holo on a Mele huakai round the island and a little island hopping.

Greg Porter Band

9th Island Duo

Amanda Avila and David Miller make up the 9th Island Duo.  They have a musical chemistry that melds talent and personality with smooth and syncopated style. Their prolific song list can enliven and delight a multitude of celebrations at any private or public event.

Amanda Avila is a vibrant and versatile vocalist. Her vocal style is an eclectic mix of pop, rock, country and soul. She has performed in numerous commercials, on stage and at major sporting and national political campaign events.

Amanda attended the Los Angeles High School for the Arts and was in a national tour of Selena Forever; appearedwith Motown legend, Smokey Robinson; had a role in the TVshow Cristina; and ventured her way around the world with the Royal Caribbean International Singers and Dancers. 

In Las Vegas, she was in the Sirens of TI working with choreographer Kenny Ortega; Dancing Queen, Broadway Celebration; Terry Bradshaw’s “America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde a Life in 4 Quarters” and in the hit show, Fantasy. 

Amanda competed in American Idol’s Season 4 TV Show getting a four judge “yes”, sending her to the Top 24, then to the Top 20, and finally the Top 12. Her success as one of the final eight females led to being an entertainment correspondent for E news and Fox’s Realty Remix

David Miller is a keyboardist, vocalist and composer. He attended Berklee College of Music and was a student of jazz great James Williams.  His musical styles include top 40, rock, jazz, classical and country. 

David lived in Las Vegas for many years performing in numerous clubs and resorts, at the notable Smith Center and the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  He was the musical director of the “The Cool Breeze Band” (Jimmy Buffett tribute); “Fields of Gold” (Sting tribute); “Chick Rock” (house band at New York, New York); “The Holidays” (hip versions of Christmas songs); and “Venus Rising” (house band for The Fremont Street Experience.)  His original music has been used in numerous national TV and radio commercials, Discovery Channel-style documentaries and on the TV series “Scrubs” and NFL Tonight.