Growing up as an Army Brat, David Nakazono pulls from his international experiences to bring a unique voice and perspective to his music. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Orchestral Studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (Roosevelt) under Mark Ridenour (CSO) and Neal Berntsen (PSO) and holds a B.M. in Trumpet Performance and a B.A. in Physics from the University of California- Santa Barbara (UCSB). At UCSB, David founded the Pops Orchestra at UCSB, exploring and developing his talents beyond performance. David Nakazono has a varied performance experience with various ensembles including the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Lakeview Orchestra, the Now Hear Ensemble, Connexion Band, Classical Revolution, the Chicago Brass Band, and is a founding member of Division Brass.
David attributes his success and growth as a musician to his trumpet teachers, which include: Mark Ridenour, Neal Berntsen, Grant Hungerford, Jon Lewis, Malcolm McNab, Kenneth Capshaw, Friedhelm Biessecker, Jason Ortiz, and supporting parents who kick started his musical education.