Motohichi Harada led the movement that brought the very first marching band to Japan, which took place in 1963. He has since worked for the NHK for over thirty years and formed the Japan Marching Band Directors Association in 1971 and the Japan Marching Band Association the following year. Both groups focused on raising an awareness and application for marching band as well as training for directors and musicians alike. Igniting the marching band movement within Japan has been his life's mission and his main focus in his retirement, a dedication for which he is very proud.
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