1/23/2009 [Pianos & Keyboards]Performances by Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder and John Legend Complemented By Arsenal of Pianos; 18 Yamaha Bands March In Inaugural Parade
Yamaha Artist Josh Groban
Eighteen Yamaha-affiliated marching bands earned the distinction of performing in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. Several high-profile Yamaha marching groups were part of the action, including The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps and The Ohio State University Marching Band. These bands prevailed in a stringent selection process, competing among a pool of over 1,800 applicants.
The star-studded Neighborhood Inaugural Ball on January 20 aired live on ABC and featured performances by Yamaha artists Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder, both on a Yamaha C6S grand piano placed by YCAA, Maroon Five featuring Yamaha drummer Matt Flynn, as well as Beyonce and Mariah Carey, among others.
Stevie Wonder Performs at The Neighborhood Ball
Beyond the inauguration itself, Yamaha also made its mark on several anticipatory celebrations and programs. Additional Yamaha artists who performed for the Obamas between January 18 and 20, many of whom YCAA worked with to provide pianos, include Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban (C7S), Nathan East, John Legend (C7S), Kyle Paas of Fall Out Boy, Omar Edwards with Jay-Z, George Pajon Jr. with the Black Eyed Peas, David Foster (C7S) and Larry Mullen with U2.
In addition, several Yamaha PM1D digital audio consoles were provided by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. to support inaugural and pre-inaugural festivities, while a pair of PM5D digital audio consoles were used for the swearing in ceremony.
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