The Makers

Ellizar Abalos

Role: Music Maker

Location: Makati, Philippines and Michigan, USA


I was born in the Philippines and emigrated to Detroit, MI in 1993. I graduated from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) with degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance. I am currently the Hopkins High School Band Director in Hopkins, MI and hoping to make a difference in my students' lives and musical development. I live with two cats, Ella and Astor. Ella is named after Ella Fitzgerald and Astor is from my favorite composer, Astor Piazolla.


1. Some Favorite Childhood Music

I loved Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, but I always listened to Dave Matthew's Band for emotional release.

2. Favorite Childhood Games

I loved playing baseball and the occasional roller hockey game.

3. Favorite School Subjects

When I attended public school in Michigan my favorite subjects included Band and Orchestra, Chemistry, English, Calculus and Genetics.

4. Some Favorite Places from Youth

My favorite childhood place is Laguna Beach in the Philippines.

5. Childhood Heroes

My heroes included my mother, spiderman, and my band director at Ferndale High School, Roger Smith.

6. Dream Super Powers

I always dreamed of being able to read people's minds and moving objects with my mind.