Cedar Mountain String Band

Singer/Songwriter Gary Sugiyama (whose name translates to cedar mountain) had been playing solo for a longtime when he decided to pull together some of the best musicians to accompany him and form a band, They all have input into what songs they’d like to perform; consequently their repertoire of songs are vast – from old-time folk to golden oldies, to country, to original tunes.

Gary Sugiyama plays lead guitar and ukulele, sings and has written many of their songs. His wife, Becky Brendlin Sugiyama plays ukulele and sings. The husband and wife team are also in two other local bands – Maile Swing Hawaiian and Bohemian Ukulele. Gary Keller McDonald plays ukulele and sings, and Frank Blount rounds out the group with his rhythmic bass. Everyone sings and takes leads.