A San Jose native, Mr. Nakamoto graduated from Piedmont Hills and continued his education at San Jose State University. A proud Spartan, Mr. Nakamoto completed his undergraduate studies in music education and euphonium performance. Upon completing his Bachelor’s degree, he was the recipient of the 2018“Outstanding Undergraduate Music Major” award and graduated with honor’s distinction.

Mr. Nakamoto has taught varying groups of all ages all across the United States. He has taught private lessons, beginning band and high school marching band in the bay area. Mr. Nakamoto has also taught Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps all the way in Oregon, WI!

He is also a proud alumnus and second-generation member of the 7-time Drum Corps International World Champions, the Santa Clara Vanguard. Mr. Nakamoto spent six summers with the Vanguard organization, 2011 – 2012 with the Vanguard Cadets and 2013 – 2016 with the Vanguard A-corps. In 2017, Mr. Nakamoto had the privilege of marching in the alumni corps with his father.

Outside of music, Mr. Nakamoto enjoys spending time with friends, family and dog. In his spare time he enjoys bouldering  and the pursuit of finding all the coffee places in San Jose.