2008 National Conference » Speakers

Kaoru Watanabe

Fue Artist

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Kaoru graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1997 (jazz flute and saxophone) before moving to Japan to study Japanese flute (fue) and drums (taiko). After a two-year apprenticeship with the internationally acclaimed taiko ensemble KODO—during which he studied Japanese folk dance, taiko, fue, shamisen, Noh, Kyogen, Tea Ceremony, woodworking, gardening, and other such character-building activities—Kaoru became both a performer and artistic director of the group. He has toured extensively throughout Japan, Europe, the United States and Canada, and he has collaborated with such figures as Bando Tamasaburo and Zakir Hussein. Recently Kaoru moved back to New York to continue his performance and teaching of music, integrating various elements of his musical background.

Speaker Events

Friday, July 4

Welcome Program and Special Veterans Panel
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 555, Centennial, Colorado; Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 21, Arvada, Colorado, Honorary Color Guard Escorts
Jennie Chin Hansen, President-Elect, AARP
Kenny Endo, Taiko Artist, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble
Edward Ichiyama, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Mitchell Maki, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura, Medal of Honor Recipient
Mustang Cadet Squadron, Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, Centennial, Colorado, Presentation of Colors
National Anthem, Elaine and Emily Kazutomi
George Sakato, Medal of Honor Recipient
Kaoru Watanabe, Fue Artist
Time: 12:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity