Akira Sato is a trumpet player, arranger/composer, and educator based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He believes that good story telling is a common element to all artforms. His chosen voice to convey his story is through performing and writing jazz music.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Sato grew up in Richmond, B.C., Canada where he took up the trumpet in the sixth grade. In 1990, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. After several years working in the financial sector, he moved to Denton, Texas to attend the University of North Texas. He earned a Master's degree in Jazz Arranging in 1999.

While at UNT, he was a member of the One O'Clock Lab Band and participated in a tour of Scandinavia. His compositions have been recorded on several lab band recordings.

For over a decade, Sato taught jazz arranging and composition courses at UNT and directed the jazz ensemble, taught jazz improvisation and pedagogy courses at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Since 2013, Sato has been a full time public school AP Music Theory teacher in the North Texas area. Working with hardworking talented students, his AP Music Theory program is among the most successful in the nation. Every year, he teaches six sections of AP Music Theory to approximately 130 students, all in one high school.

In the Fall of 2017, Sato was appointed as a College Board Consultant. soon to be conducting workshops and AP Summer Institutes. He has also been an AP Reader since 2015.

Sato maintains an active freelance schedule as a performer and writer. He lives in Plano, Texas with his wife Kimberly, son Addison and two cats, Annika and Pippy.