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The Legacy Ukulele Ensemble

Directed by Peter Luongo

The Legacy Ukulele Ensemble is a group of adult players from across the United States and Canada who are directed and led by internationally acclaimed ukulele teacher, Peter Luongo. The ensemble is committed to developing their music literacy and ukulele playing skills with the goal of performing and sharing their music with audiences.


The group meets about once a month throughout the year in various locations. During these 2 to 3-day sessions the members work intensively on refining and adding to their repertoire list (currently 25 pieces) and each session culminates with at least one public performance. Follow up resources (videos and supporting materials) are sent for the members to use as they rehearse between sessions and individuals rely on regular on-line support to assist them. The group's repertoire list includes Hawaiian, classical, folk, rock, and country songs, all of which are performed by memory on stage. The Legacy Ukulele Ensemble’s mandate is to model life-long learning! The members are committed to developing their music-literacy and musicianship while learning to play the ukulele and developing their choral singing ability. They hope to inspire adults to embrace life-long learning as they continue to evolve as musicians and performers.

Past accomplishments have included multiple appearances at festivals, conferences, and on performance tours. They have appeared on the main stages of the Hawaiian International Ukulele Festival on two occasions, as well as at the Reno and Palm Springs Ukulele Festivals. In 2018 and again in 2022 the ensemble participated in 7-day performance tours to Hawaii and in 2019 they had a 7-day West Coast U.S.tour through the states of Washington and Oregon. They have been showcased at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California in 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023 and online in 2021. The ensemble received top honors in the ukulele division of the KumuKahi Ukulele and Hula Festival in November 2022 in Las Vegas.

In Spring 2023 they returned to play at The California Hotel in Las Vegas, had a packed show in February in Seattle, and wowed a Cleveland crowd as part of the Great Lakes Ukulele Revival in March. In April the ensemble had the opportunity to play together with the Wooten Brothers, Molly Miller, and Bernie Williams in the Grand Rally for Music Education at The NAMM Show. Most recently, they were featured at Mighty Uke Day in June in East Lansing Michigan.

Fall plans include a first appearance at the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival in September, a return to Reno in November, and a performance with Bryan Tolentino in Las Vegas in December. January 2024 will feature another appearance at The NAMM Show, followed by the Cleveland Great Lakes Ukulele Revival  in March.

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