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Katsumi-Ogawa

JAPAN


BIOGRAPHIES

Katsumi Ogawa Beginning his music and marching career in the mid 1970s as a soprano bugle player in Soka youth drum & bugle corps. He also did drum major and brass arrangement in the corps. In Soka University, Okawa was a member of Royal Kilties drum & bugle corps (now it’s called Pride of Soka).During that time he was a soprano bugle player, brass arranger and drill designer as well. After graduate Soka Univ. he studied under Mr. Raymond Kotwika at the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. and the Cadets, Star of Indiana and Boston Crusaders through their tour and training camps from 1992 to 1997.

After came back to Japan, Katsumi has been working for many bands as a program coordinator, music arranger and drill designer. Since 2001 he's been band director of Shonandai High School "White Shooting Stars" which were awarded the gold prize every year since 2005. and won Grand Prix (National Champions) titles in 2008, 2012, 2013.

Okawa has been also working as a adjudicator and a clinician for many organizations across the country and Taiwan. He is vice chairman of Judging committee of Drum Corps Japan and has judgement experiences in Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia.