Hot Shot: Ben Blixt Wins Yamaha Drumline

8/29/2008 [Marching Instruments]

Contest a Part of the 50th Anniversary of the Birch Bay Band Workshop; First Hole-in-One in 15 Years

LYNDEN, Wash. — Ben Blixt, a Tacoma-based elementary school music director, recently won a Yamaha Drumline valued at $7,500 by hitting a hole-in-one in the Yamaha-sponsored golf tournament, a component of the 50th annual J.W. Pepper/Ted Brown Music Birch Bay Band Workshop.

Washington State Music Director Wins Yamaha Drumline
Ben Blixt, winner of a Yamaha Drumline
"Yamaha has been an active participant in the J.W. Pepper/Ted Brown Music Band Workshop since 1998," said Larry Chamberlain, Yamaha District Manager, Band & Orchestral Division. "The hole-in-one contest has added a lot of excitement for the participants. We're thrilled that we finally have a winner and look forward to delivering the drumline to Ben very soon."

The Birch Bay Band Workshop is a popular week-long music clinic attracting over 100 music band directors from Washington State. Participants have the opportunity to test out new sheet music and determine if they want to buy it for their students.

"We appreciate Yamaha's involvement by providing this great incentive for the directors," said Patricia Howland, Vice President, J. W. Pepper & Co. "It was so fitting, on this the 50th anniversary of the workshop, for Ben to win the Hole-in-One Contest."

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

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