Hailing from Walnut, California, Katie Takahashi is a flautist who performs extensively throughout the Los Angeles area. Having recently graduated from Walnut High School in 2013, she is currently attending the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music where she will earn a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Having previously studied with Dedra Clark for six years, Katie now studies with Sheridon Stokes at UCLA. She is a member of the UCLA Solid Gold Sound Marching Band and the UCLA Symphonic Band. Last year, Katie and a group of three other undergraduate flute players formed a flute quartet, called “Take 4.” Through the Gluck Foundation at UCLA, the Take 4 Flute Quartet has had the opportunity to perform regularly throughout Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Katie also serves as a flute coach in the Walnut School District. She has taught various levels of students at schools including Collegewood Elementary School, Evergreen Elementary School, Maple Hill Elementary School, Suzanne Middle School, and Walnut High School as a flute section coach.
After joining the marching band in high school, Katie has discovered her passion in participating in marching band as well as teaching it. Katie looks forward to attending every UCLA home football game with the UCLA Marching Band. For the past two years, Katie has spent a couple of weeks out of every summer at the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy as an IMPACT Member. At this summer program, Katie teaches high school students to be student leaders within their marching band programs. Katie began working for the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra as an intern in December of 2013. Since then, she was invited to serve as their program administrator. In July of 2014, Katie helped to facilitate the first SMYO Opus 1 Music Camp at PS1. In addition to working with SMYO, Katie works at Walnut High School with the Blue Thunder Marching Band as a Marching Band Coach.