Toyokazu Nonaka

Toyokazu Nonaka

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1945  in Osaka (Japan)

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Colonel Nonaka was born in Osaka in 1945. He began to play euphonium in his days in junior high school band and enrolled in the Instrumental Course of Osaka College of Music as the first student to major in tuba. He studied tuba under Mr. Hiroshi Kita, principal tuba player of Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and played tuba at the college orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, during which time Maestro Takashi Asahina influenced him. In 1969, he joined Japan Ground Self Defense Force (GSDF) and started his military career as the band instructor of the Central Band. In 1976, he attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music to study harmonics under Mr. Yuzuru Shimaoka, and to study conducting under Mr. Nobori Kaneko and Mr. Masahisa Endo. Colonel Nonaka’s previous assignments have included commander of 1st Combined Brigade Band, commander of Middle Army Band. Colonel Nonaka was appointed to Commander and Conductor of Japan Ground Self Defense Force Central Band in 1986. For three years from 1992, he was assigned to the Education and Training Department of Ground Staff Office and played an important role to enhance and develop the education system for the band. In 1995, he was promoted to the current rank and reassigned as Commander and Conductor of the Central Band. His important performances as the conductor of Central Band for National events include: International Marching Band Pageant 1988 in Japan, Coronation Ceremony of the current Emperor in 1990, Opening Ceremony for Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998. In 2002, he materialized the participation to Korea Gangwon International Military Tattoo, which was the first overseas performance for Central Band. As the board member of Japanese Band Directors Association, he plays an important role in teaching younger generations for the development of our nation’s wind music scene.

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