Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Producer, Recording Artist
BIOGRAPHY and RESUME:
Dennis has worked professionally in Hawaii’s music industry since the1970’s, composing, performing, and recording for a variety of famous artists.
As a result, Dennis has become famous in his own right for his talents as a pianist, live performer and computer sequencer, mastering a wide range of musical styles from classical, ethereal, church hymns and big band swing, current cover songs, pop, jazz and Hawaiian.
Dennis was born in Nu'uanu, Hawaii and was schooled in Southern California. He immediately became interested in music, and his perfect pitch led him to music lessons on practically every instrument in the orchestra. While growing up he was the substitute organist at church and played the piano for Wednesday night prayer meetings, and Sunday School Classes.
While his father, (well known television personality and news anchor Ken Graue) who worked at KTLA Channel 5 Television, was working in Hollywood, Dennis was taking French horn, oboe/bassoon and always piano lessons. He also played the trumpet, and the drums in the high school marching band. Rock, Jazz, Afro Cuban Drums, and the 60's music was very influential in his musical schooling. During his high school years he was already playing professional gigs in the L.A./Hollywood/Pasadena area, and, during the day, was working with his dad producing on location sound for the News Department at KTLA Channel 5. His high school band, "The Gross National Product," went on to play with "The Doors," at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more info on "The Gross National Product," go to 60's garage bands.com, and search for "Gross National Product." Dennis came back home in 1970 and has toured with Don Ho, as his music director, Cecilio and Kapono, Nohelani Cypriano and went on to do a lot of studio session work for some very talented local artists.
Currently in 2018:
First Unitarian Church of Honolulu Music Director-
Keyboards - with The Augie Rey Band at the Elks Club, Waikiki.
Music Keyboards and sequences for Nohelani Cypriano and ‘Tropical Soul,’
at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s”Tropics,” Bar and Restaurant.
The DON HO SHOW
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE
Solo Pianist at the Officer’s Club.
Music Producer, Sequencer, and regular Performer for the dinner
show aboard the Navatek I dinner cruise.
1998 - 2001:
Performed with “Twist and Shout” and the “Paradise Sisters,
A 13-piece convention band in Hawaii.
MUMMUU’S AND THE PUPU’S
Producer, member, and writer for musical comedy/parody
group - released CD, “Living in Parodies” (1997).
1993 - 1999:
NICK’S FISHMARKET Entertainment
Keyboard player, music sequencer/ singer and DJ.
1994 - 1998:
SHERATON MOANA SURFRIDER
DAVID PAUL’S DIAMOND HEAD GRILL
Performed live, recorded and wrote music for many of Hawaii’s
top entertainers, including Don Ho, The Alii’s, The Local Diva’s, Loyal Garner, Jerry Byrd, the Beamer Brothers, Cecilio & Kapono, Danny Couch, Mackey Fiery, Olomana, Jay Larrin, Sonya Mendez, Sonny Ching, Jax, Ryer Kiaha, Howard Shapiro, Elize Kahn, Audissey Recording Studio projects, and until 2012 Nohelani Cypriano’s music writer, producer and arranger. _________________________________________________________________________ ___________
“Na Hoku Hanohano” Awards winner ( the Hawaiian local Grammy) for writing, producing and arranging Nohelani Cypriano’s albums, “In the Evening,” and “Nohelani”. _________________________________________________________________________ ___________
.. MCDONALD’S (14) - Mayfield Smith and Park
.. KTA MARKETS (4) - Advertising Factors
.. SUZUKI 4-WHEEL DRIVE (2) - Hawaiiana Advertising
.. KENNY’S - Myers, Advertising, Inc.