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Ken’ichi MASAKADO Born in Kasuga, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan in 1966. Graduated from Musashino College of Music, Tokyo (musicology). In 1998, he won the 9th Asahi Composition Award (wind music). He was the music director and conductor for the Band of Kitakyushu City Fire and Disaster Management Department (from 2003 to 2005) and Oita Prefectural Police Music Band (from 2006 to 2017). In 2008, produced ceremony music for the National Sports Festival and conducted the ceremony band and chorus. He composed many pieces for Wind band and wind instruments, including "EMBLEMS, Militaly March" (the required piece for the 1999 All Japan Band Competition). The works are performed not only in Japan but also in the United States. "EMBLEMS, Militaly March" was adopted twice as a test piece in the contest in Taiwan. In addition to composing and arranging activities, he is also a judge for the competition, researcher, and author.

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