This year our director is someone who has been marching in the band. He knows our spirit and we are very happy to have him directing us! Here's his welcome letter followed by a short bio.
Welcome letter from Al Kato
Greetings 2014 Band Members,
It is a great honor to be recommended and appointed as your director for this 30th Anniversary marching season. I am humbled by the support and gentle persuasiveness of the board, showing faith in me to lead the band this season.
There has been so much positive flow in the direction the band has taken in the twelve years I have been marching with you. I am up for the great things ahead, and I trust you are too.
This is by no means a one-man operation, and there is a long list of people on the board and staff and volunteers who are ready to make this year a rousing success. I am grateful for the many people in the band who have pitched in in the past and are ready to go the distance in the future (cue Disney’s Hercules soundtrack). I will do my best to make sure we have a successful season, one which the Portland Rose Festival Association is going beyond the call of duty to support our Anniversary season.
With all this going for us, we can’t lose. Please keep up your positive energy, and enjoy the fun and fulfillment that comes with being a part of this awesome organization.
Attached is the revised list of music for our May 17th concert and 3 parades. As you can see, it is a year of highlights, and I hope your experience this year is a highlight of your band life. Music should be available to print from the OMTAAMB website before next Monday.
Thanks for your support and let’s have a great year!
Al Kato, Interim Music Director
One More Time Around Again Marching Band (OMTAAMB-PDX)
When asked what brought you to the OMTAAMB twelve short years ago, Al replied, “I was invited to join our trumpet ranks.” Obviously Al really enjoyed himself, because twelve (12) years later he’s still with us and is about to take over leading this ominously sized group of experienced musicians.
What keeps Al coming back to the OMTAAMB year after year? He says, “Because I love to hang out with my friends and really enjoy playing music with them.”
Currently Al educates the next generations of musicians as Portland’s Jesuit High School Band Director. He is very well respected throughout the music community as not only a musician, but a leader and director. He is wonderful at directing the young as well as the young at heart.
Al received his music and teaching education at the Oregon College of Education where he graduated with the Class of 1981. Prior to that, Al attended Clackamas High School, Class of 1977 along with other OMTAAMB members. Al is a true local boy who has made it to the big time in his profession and personal passion.
Al is no stranger to the OMTAAMB. He has played trumpet under the direction of our past two music directors. He is an active Board Member who has brilliantly worked to recruit new members throughout the band family.
The membership of the OMTAAMB is excited to have this enthusiastic, energetic, and highly competent new director!