Yamaha Well Represented at International Percussion Conference

11/21/2008 [Marching Instruments]

Deep in the Heart of Texas, PASIC is a Huge Success

Yamaha at the Annual Percussive Arts Society International Converence
Yamaha Percussion Artist Jim Campbell scrutinizes the wares at the B & O snare drum display.
AUSTIN, Texas — The entire Yamaha Corporation of America Percussion and Drum team, including representatives of the Band & Orchestral (B & O) and Pro Audio & Combo (PAC) divisions, attended PASIC, the annual Percussive Arts Society International Conference.

Over 25 staff members were on hand, including colleagues from Yamaha Canada and Yamaha Japan.

On Wednesday, setup day, the University of Kentucky Chamber Percussion Group debuted the YM-6100 Keiko Abe Marimba in the United States. From Thursday to Saturday, when the booths opened, Yamaha sponsored artist clinics and performances.

Yamaha at the Annual Percussive Arts Society International Converence
This 10-year-old drummer played like a seasoned pro.
Many drummers stopped by Yamaha's booths. B & O displayed its concert percussion, featuring the new Berlin Symphonic Series snare drums, the new marimba and the YV-1605 Intermediate Vibe. B & O also highlighted its marching gear, including 30 new snare drums.

PAC's display of acoustic drum sets included the top-of-the-line PHX, along with other kits and snare drums. PAC's display of electronic drum sets, including the DTXTREME III, the DTXPRESS IV and the DTXPLORER attracted a steady stream of traffic and especially appealed to youngsters.

Yamaha Drum Artists who performed included Roy Haynes, Ed Soph, Erik Smith, Ari Hoenig, Gorden Campbell and Dafnis Prieto.

Yamaha at the Annual Percussive Arts Society International Converence
Yamaha's cutting edge electronic kits were a particular draw for the youngsters who attended the event.
At the annual PAS Hall of Fame banquet, Yamaha Artists Dennis DeLucia and Vicki Petersen Jenks received an industry award and an education award, respectively.

Planning has already begun for Yamaha's participation at next year's PASIC, which will be held in Indianapolis.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division or Pro Audio & Combo Division, Drum Products, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622, telephone (714) 522-9011, e-mail infostation@yamaha.com, visit www.yamaha.com/band or www.yamahadrums.com.

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