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Ayako Nakamura is one of the founding members of Kalamazoo Brass Collective as a trumpeter and an arranger. Ayako received her Master's degree at Western Michigan University, and played with Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Southwest Michigan Orchestra as well as toured with Kalamazoo's popular band, the Go Rounds.

Ayako currently lives in Chico, California, with her husband and her daughter, teaching in the music department at California State University, Chico, as well as running a successful private-instruction studio, and being a freelance musician throughout Northern California. She plays with several area professional ensembles including the North State Symphony and the North Valley Chamber Chorale Orchestra. 

Ms. Nakamura grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She started piano lessons at the age of 4, and picked up the trumpet in the 5th grade where she fell in love with the instrument. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from CSU, Chico, and achieved her Master’s at Western Michigan University. She has studied with the likes of Rick Winslow, Stephen Jones, and Scott Thornburg.