Shigetada Notake

Born in Kyobashi, Tokyo in 1941.
His great-grandfather is John Manjiro, who was the first Japanese to go to the United States during the "period of isolation" and contributed to the modernization of Japan.

In 1955, when I happened to be in the brass band when I was in the second year of junior high school, I was invited by a leader who had experience in a military band and asked me to play the trombone. This is how I got involved in his music.

He graduated from "Tokyo University of the Arts". He was active as a trombonist with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.
When he was 26 years old, he went to the United States, and under the conduction of Mr. Arthur Fiedler, who was the permanent conductor of the "Boston Pops Orchestra".He toured North America and Canada, and held 42 concerts in three months.

After that, he trained many trombone players at "Tokyo University of the Arts", "Toho College of Music", and "Senzoku Gakuen College of Music", and also conducted amateur orchestras and brass bands.

Since 1976, he has been conducting the "Kawasaki Wind Ensemble", and by 2012 had held more than 120 concerts, 
including ”Regular Concerts” , "Happy Concerts" , "Charity Concert for the Great East Japan Earthquake at Higashi Takane Forest Park" and "appreciation party for Takaishi Nursery School".

Since 2016, He has been conducting "JB Wind Band". This band was founded at the request of "Kawasaki Wind Ensemble" alumnus , 

He says " Nowadays, Junior and Senior high school students, "Brassband Contest" are popular and attracting attention.
I hope that young people performing in club activities should not stop playing music. For example, when parenting has settled down or work has settled down.I hope that you to find a place where you can return even if there are 20 to 30 years of blank " 

In 2017, the 190th anniversary of John Manjiro birth, He planned a memorial concert and were able to obtain the support and cooperation of many people.
And he realized program concert holding of "Beethoven Composition" who passed away in the same year as John Manjiro.

In January 2023, the 6th concert was held. 

With "Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra" brass part members(August 1970)

Captain William Whitfield and John Manjiro
(John Manjiro Memorial Museum)