Josias (Pili) Fronda
Josias Ka’upu-Fronda, better known as Pili, is an up-and-coming musician who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, and is of Hawaiian descent. Playing music nationally and internationally, he has been long recognized as a great team player and a passionate artist that constantly strives for excellence. He began drumming before the age of 10 and went on to gain many of the drum seats that his high school and the local music community had to offer, constantly learning from some of the best musical minds not only on the island but in the music industry itself. He soon received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was the 2019 representee for the Kamehameha Schools. Pili has been seen with many locally and globally known artists including Keilana (R&B/Soul), Cory Oliveros (Solo/Independent), Imua Garza (Kimie Miner/Opihi Pickers/Independent), Christian Yrizarry (of Ho’onu’a) Bryan Duncan, Tommy Walker and most recently singer Jody McBrayer (of Avalon). He was also the conductor to the 400 students of the Class of 2020 for the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest, keeping the title for all four years during his high school education. In the 2021-2022 academic term, Pili was an Associate Conductor and Band Assistant for the Thundering Heard Pep Band at Grand Canyon University and a Conductor for GCU’s Samba Ensemble. As of 2021, Pili plays with Samba De Cavalo (a professional Samba Ensemble) as well as a multitude of other artists and groups in Phoenix. Pili is currently a Junior at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona where he is involved with the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Musical Theatre Pit Orchestra and is a session drummer and producer at the recording studio on campus.
- Seattle/Pacific NW
Interested in touring?
- Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
- Music Assistant
- Pit Musician (Other)
Current HS, College, or Grad Student?