STEVE "THE WHISTLER" HERBST
Greetings to the whistlers and whistling aficionados of Japan! I am very much looking forward to the opportunity of visiting and whistling in competition and performing in concert in Japan. Visiting Japan has been a dream of mine for over 30 years. To wit, my home is graced with several works of art by Hiroshige, our favorite Japanese artist.
While I started whistling around age 7, I did not perform in public until I was at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1960's where I simulated various flutes with the Glee Club. One of the numbers was "Three Haiku," where I replaced a Japanese reed flute hitting high E-b with a grace note sans vibrato. On one occasion, I had the opportunity to perform for members of your royal family: Prince Mikassa and his princess when they were visiting the U.S. and was introduced to both of them after the concert!
At last year's IWC in Louisburg, we were all very impressed with the quality and dedication of the Japanese whistlers; and we are most appreciative of the Japanese whistlers' stepping forward to host this year's convention.
My motto for the past several years is that "Whistling is an idea whose time has returned!" With the growth of interest in whistling throughout Asia -- Japan, China, Taiwan, and India - and with hosting of the IWC's being held in Japan and perhaps India in 2010, there is now a newly reinforced and greater, true legitimacy to the realization of "International" as it applies to our Convention and acceptance of our art!
I invite anyone who is interested in knowing more about my role in the whistling community to visit my website: http://www.SteveTheWhistler.com
Steve "The Whistler" Herbst
"Whistling is an idea whose time has returned!"
Steve "The Whistler" Herbst is an International Grand Champion (2002) and the only man ever named International Whistling Entertainer Of The Year 3X. Steve was inducted into the International Whistlers Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also the narrator for the award-winning documentary film, "Pucker-Up - The Fine Art Of Whistling." He has performed in concert in some of the most prestigious venues in the United States including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, and is the only whistler ever to be invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has been a guest on countless TV and radio shows in America, Canada, and the U.K., done TV commercials, and been interviewed in dozens of newspapers and magazines. His popular CD, "Broadway And Beyond" features 15 Broadway Show tunes plus.