“Through support of the drum corps activity, tens of thousands of young people have had the benefit of using a Yamaha musical instrument. And these young people will someday become the future of music education,” said Brian Petterson, Yamaha.
August 31, 2017
With the culmination of the DCI World Championship finals at Lucas Oil Stadium this month, Yamaha celebrates 33 years of collaboration with Marching Music’s Major League™. It is the official drumline brand for 20 total drum corps, representing an all-time high for the world’s largest music product manufacturer.
Yamaha corps have compiled an enviable record of accomplishments, including 17 DCI Championships and 14 Fred Sanford High Percussion Awards – more than any other manufacturer since Yamaha percussion entered the activity in 1985. In addition, corps that rely on Yamaha instruments have won a third of all gold, silver and bronze medals bestowed in DCI competition over that time period.
“Yamaha dominates DCI in no uncertain terms,” says Troy C. Wollwage, percussion marketing manager, Band & Orchestral division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “In 2017, for the first time ever, there were eight corps using Yamaha percussion instruments in the Top 12 Finale and nine corps using Yamaha wind instruments,” Wollwage says. “This is the most ever and is a testament to the quality, consistency and manufacturing these corps need every day during to perform at their highest level.”
This year’s DCI World Class Silver Medalist Santa Clara Vanguard received the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award for the second straight year. The award was presented to the corps by Yamaha B&O Director of Marketing Lisa MacDonald. In addition, Carolina Crown won its sixth Jim Ott High Brass Award out of the last nine years.
The key elements that draw drum corps to Yamaha include: world-class quality products, which are in turn shaped and refined through feedback received from the drum corps; exceptional product support, through in-house capabilities and a network of service partners throughout the United States; and the company’s unique position as a one-stop shop for world-class drum, brass and pro audio equipment.
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