Bryce Nakaoka


Year you joined the ECSO:2016

Bryce Nakaoka currently plays second horn in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and third horn in the United States Coast Guard Band. Bryce received a Bachelor of Music degree in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While at UNLV, he recorded four compact discs with the UNLV Wind Orchestra. During his undergraduate career, Bryce performed in shows on the Las Vegas Strip, including Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian Resort and Lion King at the Mandalay Bay Resort. He also played with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, where he held the associate principal position during the 2007-2008 season. In his home state of Hawaii, he performed with the Royal Hawaiian Band and the Honolulu Symphonic Winds. Bryce studied with Bill Bernatis and Beth Lano at UNLV, Roger Kaza at the Chautauqua Music Festival, and Eric Kop from the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Hidden talent(s):Not really a hidden talent but I really enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Favorite musical memory:Performing with the Radiance Woodwind Quintet always leads to great memories both musically and personally.

Favorite Motto or Quote:Two mottos from two different professors: Just do it! and Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

Favorite Composer:Beethoven

What/Who inspired you to take up your instrument:No inspiring story here. I didn’t know what I wanted to play so my middle school band director just gave me a horn.