Carolina Crown Wins Jim Ott High Brass Award at DCI 2011 World Championship

9/1/2011 [Brass/Woodwinds]

Crown’s win represents the 6th High Brass award won in 12 years by a Yamaha sponsored corps.

Carolina Crown revels in their 2011 DCI High Brass victory.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Placing 4th overall, Carolina Crown won the 2011 DCI Jim Ott High Brass Award at the 2011 DCI World Championship.  For the first time since 2005, three Yamaha-sponsored drum & bugle corps emerged victorious at the championship. Other winning corps included The Cadets, who won the DCI Championship overall, and The Cavaliers, who won the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award.

Crown's win represents the 6th High Brass award won in 12 years by a Yamaha sponsored corps, since Yamaha b Flat instruments were introduced to DCI competition in 2000.  "We teach our students that there is no substitute for quality," said Matt Harloff, Brass Caption Head of the Carolina Crown. "Well, that also applies to the outstanding Yamaha instruments that we put into their hands."

According to Crown Director Jim Coates, "What a talented group of brass performers we have at Crown… commitment, determination and dedication to excellence along with the quality of Yamaha instruments… it just can't get any better!"

Other Yamaha sponsored corps also placed as follows:

  • The Bluecoats: 7th overall.
  • The Madison Scouts: 10th overall.
  • The Colts: placed 16th overall.
  • The Crossmen: placed 17th overall.

"Yamaha values its long-standing partnership with The Cavaliers and are thrilled to support their great accomplishment," said Troy Wollwage, Band & Orchestral Percussion Manager, Yamaha Corporation of America.

Yamaha and Drum Corps International have enjoyed a partnership in support of Music Education that spans more than a quarter of a century. Yamaha additionally values its long-standing partnerships with the following distinguished corps:

The Madison Scouts hold the longest running tenure with Yamaha, since 1985. Founded in 1938, the Scouts were 1988 DCI Champions with Yamaha instruments.

The Cavaliers hold the 2nd longest running tenure with Yamaha, since 1986. Founded in 1948, The Cavaliers are 1992, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006 DCI Champions, all with Yamaha Instruments.

The Cadets celebrated 12 years with Yamaha in 2011 and were 2000, 2005, and 2011 DCI Champions with Yamaha instruments. They also won three consecutive High Percussion Awards, 2001 to 2003.

The Crossmen celebrated 11 years with Yamaha in 2011. Operating for 37 consecutive years, they are a 22-time DCI finalist.

The Colts celebrated seven years with Yamaha in 2011. Seven-time DCI finalists, The Colts were founded in 1963.

The Bluecoats celebrated seven years with Yamaha in 2011. Founded in 1972, their highest placement ever (3rd place) was in 2010.

Carolina Crown celebrates five years with Yamaha in 2011. Founded in 1988, their highest placement ever (2nd place) was in 2009.

About Drum Corps International
From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Through the annual DCI Tour and more than 35 World Championships in 17 North American cities, Drum Corps International provides entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally-televised events. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League™. Boasting more than 250,000 active DCI alumni, DCI marked its first year on PBS in 1975 and ESPN II broadcast its finals from 2005 to 2007. Finals have been held in 20 different cities since 1972. Since 1985, Yamaha has supported 24 different drum & bugle corps. Learn more at

DCI By the Numbers

  • 400,00 fans attend DCI shows each summer
  • 135+ events held each year
  • 60-day summer tour visits 40+ cities
  • 8,000 musician athletes audition for some 3,500 positions
  • 10,000: average number of miles each corps will travel over the summer
  • 1,200,000: number of meals corps feed their 5,000 performers and staff each summer
  • 35,000 visit Indianapolis each year for DCI Championships

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail; or visit

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