Naohiro Iwai

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Naohiro Iwai


Naohiro Iwai (2 October 1923 – 10 May 2014) was a Japanese composer, arranger and conductor.

In 1947, Iwai graduated from the Tokyo Ongaku School’s Instrumental Department (today this is part of the Tokyo Geijyutu University). Following his graduation, he entered the jazz field, gaining experience by working as an arranger with many bands, including the Anny Pile Orchestra and Franky Sakai’s “City Slickers” Band.

He arranged over 5,000 songs in the classical and popular styles for many different purposes, including brass and woodwind ensembles, and music education. He was very active nation-wide as a conductor and adjudicator, and was famous for his band clinics. As a composer, arranger and conductor it was his aim to develop pop music for brass and concert bands.

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