1/9/2009 [Marching Instruments]Yamaha Provides More than 100 Instruments to Music for All Honor Band
The Music for All Honor Band marched in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade.
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 email@example.com; or visit www.yamaha.com/band.
For information on Music for All, please visit www.musicforall.org.