Positive Impact: Yamaha Supports Endangered Instruments Music Program

1/2/2009 [Corporate]

Texas-Based Music Education Organization Motivates students to Participate in School Band, Choir and Orchestral Programs

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — Yamaha is pleased to support Endangered Instruments, a Texas-based a professional musical organization dedicated to creating innovative, technologically enhanced gateway experiences that motivate students to realize their own artistic potential through individual and collective music making.

Endangered Instruments is a Yamaha Performing Arts Ensemble.
Presented in schools all over Texas, Endangered Instruments presents an originally produced staged show featuring violins, trumpets, saxophones, trombones, tubas and singers. The presentation details all the disciplines of orchestra, band and choral music. The scenes use video imagery from marching bands, theme parks, cruise ships, orchestras, concert/jazz bands, recording studios and rock concert venues to emphasize major story points. All of the music is originally composed to fit the variety of student's current musical tastes, including Rock, Hip-hop, Ska, Latin, R&B and Video Game/Film scores. At the beginning of each show, students are presented with a video, produced by Yamaha, which depicts instrument construction. When the show begins, the lights drop, fog bursts from the stage, moving lights and lasers fill the room. The script takes the audience through stories of six students that were inspired by music and joined music – each scene explores different opportunities that are available to music students. The show is intertwined with humor and audience interaction.

"Yamaha has been outstanding in their support," says Brian Knowlton, Endangered Instruments' Creative Director. "They clearly recognize our vision of fully enrolled and vibrant school music programs. Endangered Instruments is doing just that."

Presented in schools all over Texas, the organization presents an originally-produced and staged concert featuring violins, trumpets, saxophones, trombones, tubas and singers.
Through careful research and via dediacted and talented musicians, the program is aiming to enthuse and motivate students towards joining music programs. "There's is no way for us to educate students in a meaningful way in only half an hour," notes Mike Palermo, Executive Director. "We discovered, however, that we can inspire them and the energy that they take from one of our shows can influence decisions that affect the rest of their lives."

Endangered Instruments is proving to be a major success in Texas. According to James Miculka, Director of Fine Arts at the Texas Northside Independent School Distict, enrollment in band programs throughout the district where the show was presented went up by 9%. "In 34 years of music education, I have never experienced a single initiative that impacts the lives of students as much as Endangered Instruments," says Miculka. "Their services are invaluable to the inspiration, motivation and continued growth of budding young musicians."

For more information on Endangered Instruments and Yamaha, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622, telephone (714) 522-9011, e-mail infostation@yamaha.com or visit www.yamaha.com/band and www.endangeredinstruments.org.

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