Yuki Nakano (apprentice 2) is working on her performer's certificate at NIU, where she studies with Liam Teague. Her bachelor's degree is from SenzokuGakuen College in Japan. She has played xylophone for more than 20 years. Her experience with professional musicians and professional environments includes performing with steel orchestras in Trinidad, known as the “mecca of pan,” at the annual National Panorama competitions in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She has directed and conducted her own steelband in Japan and has taught steelpan and marimba lessons privately since 2008.