Jacobs Music Donates Yamaha Percussion to The New Philadelphia Soul Band & Drumline

6/27/2008 [Marching Instruments]

Popular Arena Football Team Receives Generous Yamaha Percussion Donation; Contribution Keeps Music Alive for Young Musicians in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Jacobs Music Company in Philadelphia recently donated a set of Yamaha percussion instruments to the young musicians of the newly formed Philadelphia Soul Band and Drumline. The donation, consisting of bass drums, snare drums and percussion accessories worth over $20,000, gives opportunities to talented high school and middle school band musicians to be a part of the first official Philadelphia Soul Band and Drumline. The donation was made possible through the commitment of Jacobs Music Company in Philadelphia to support active community music participation.

"We are extremely grateful for the donation to our Drumline from our great partners at Jacobs Music and Yamaha," said Rich Lisk, General Manager, Philadelphia Soul. "Not only has the Soul Band and Drum Line become an entertaining part of every home game, they have become a fixture throughout the community and without the help from Yamaha and Jacobs Music none of this would be possible."

The Philadelphia Soul, owned in part by rock legend Jon Bon Jovi, Philadelphia business executive Craig Spencer and NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Ron Jaworski, joined the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2004 as an expansion team and quickly established itself as the team to beat in the AFL. The Soul plays its home games at the Wachovia Center, home of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers. Since its inception, the Philadelphia Soul has been deeply involved in the community.

The Drumline performs at all home games during Philadelphia Soul pre-game shows, half-time shows and game breaks. Additionally, the ensemble also appears at special events and parades with Soul players and the "Soulmates," the Philadelphia Soul Dance Team.

Recognized as one of the region's top piano retailers, Jacobs Music Company was founded in 1900; their six showrooms serve southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Given the unique opportunity to help out the Philadelphia community, Executive Vice President Robert Rinaldi quickly contacted Yamaha and helped organize the instrument donation.

"Jacobs Music has a fundamental commitment to support active music participation," said Mark Love, Senior Vice President, Jacobs Music. "The opportunity to provide the youth of our region with this type of performance experience fits perfectly with our primary mission of promoting active music making. This is just one element of the many activities that needed to be fostered and supported to provide safe and healthy creative outlets for our region's youth and our communities and we're happy to be able to provide the instruments to the Philadelphia Soul."

For more information on Jacobs Music Company, write to Mark Love, Senior Vice President, Jacobs Music, 1425 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102; telephone (610) 659-7607; email mlove@jacobsmusiccompany.com; or visit www.jacobsmusic.com.

For more information on 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.yamahapercussion.com.

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