Yamaha Instruments Shine At The 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade

1/9/2009 [Marching Instruments]

Yamaha Provides More than 100 Instruments to Music for All Honor Band

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Yamaha Corporation of America's Band & Orchestral Division recently provided a full complement of instruments to the Music for All Honor Band, an ensemble representing high schools nationwide, which performed in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Yamaha Band & Orchestral Instruments at the Rose Bowl Parade
The Music for All Honor Band marched in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade.
A collaborative effort on behalf of NAMM, Sesame Workshop and Music for All, the Honor Band is comprised of more than 300 musical performers, a 22-member dance team and a 32-member flag team. The performers will have the opportunity to perform in the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and the Rose Parade, that took place in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2009.

First appearing in the Rose Parade in 2005, this opportunity marked the second time that Music for All has formed the Honor Band. George N. Parks, a prominent trainer of drum majors in the country and Director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, will lead the band, assisted by an all-star staff comprising directors of some of the nation's top high school music programs. The Honor Band will play a live original medley of "Sesame Street" hit tunes, compiled by award-winning arrangers Michael Klesch and Thom Hannum, and a variety of other musical pieces celebrating the joys of making music. The musical compilation will feature six different solo breaks to highlight each of the individual segments of the marching band ensemble.

Among the more than 100 diverse Yamaha instruments provided to those selected to perform in the Honor Band will be sousaphones, saxophones, trombones, mellophones, tubas, custom marching percussion and an assortment of marching accessories. Additionally, the NAMM float will feature an array of Yamaha Pro Audio & Combo Division products, including electronic drums, silent guitars and a digital piano. An electric strings trio will also be featured as part of the NAMM float.

"Yamaha has a long history of supporting Music for All and its brilliant young musicians," says Roger Eaton, Director of Marketing, Yamaha Band & Orchestral Division. "We are thrilled to lend our support to the Bands of America Honor Band, which will bring needed attention and support to the nation's most talented young musicians."

Yamaha is the official sponsor for Music for All and presents the Music for All Summer Symposium international music camp and a series of regional marching band championships held across the country each fall, which welcome thousands of participants each year.

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 infostation@yamaha.com; or visit www.yamaha.com/band.

For information on Music for All, please visit www.musicforall.org.

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