Homestead High School Student Sean Chen Awarded Yamaha/Dennis DeLucia Scholarship

CUPERTINO, Calif. (April 17, 2019) ― Yamaha Corporation of America and Winter Guard International (WGI) recently named Sean Chen winner of the 2019 Yamaha/Dennis DeLucia Scholarship.

From left to right: Mark Thurston, director of percussion, WGI; Sean Chen; Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Drum and Percussion division, Yamaha Corporation of America.
Chen was awarded the annual scholarship during the finals of the WGI World Championship, a competitive indoor marching event held this past week in Dayton, Ohio. The scholarship is named for Dennis DeLucia, a renowned percussion teacher, arranger, clinician, judge and Yamaha Artist.
Chen is currently a senior at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. This summer, following graduation, Chen will be marching with the Blue Devils A Corps in the Front Ensemble. He will then begin his music education and chemistry studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall.
Chen began playing piano at four years old and started marching during his freshman year when he joined the Homestead High School's Marching Band Front Ensemble as a synthesizer player. The high school senior has been affiliated with the band, as well as Homestead Winter Percussion, ever since.
Throughout his percussion career thus far, Chen has had the opportunity to perform several solos and has been given several recognitions for his hard work. During his sophomore year, he performed a piano solo at the WGI Championship weekend and was subsequently named "MVP" that season. The following year, Chen performed a violin solo at WGI where he was honored as "Outstanding Performer." During his senior year, Chen performed a violin solo, as well as a visual solo in his school's marching band and competed at the Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis. There, he was awarded the Bands of America Grand Nationals Yamaha Scholarship.
"I am so honored to be recognized by Yamaha and WGI as this year's Yamaha/Dennis DeLucia Scholarship recipient," said Chen. "The performing arts have been a part of my life for many years now, and I am so grateful for the people who have encouraged me to follow my passion. I would not be where I am today without the directors and staff of the Homestead music program, including Ms. Feltman and Daniel Piazza, for their utmost dedication, my parents for their unwavering support, and of course, my fellow Homestead members."
"Music education is at the very core of what Yamaha believes in as a company," said Troy C. Wollwage, marketing manager, Drum and Percussion department, Yamaha Corporation of America. "Providing young musicians with the encouragement and assistance that they need to grow is a testament to our commitment to their careers. This scholarship truly represents Sean's success as a budding musician and our passion for helping young people reach their full potential in the music world."
WGI supports the competitive indoor marching activities of percussion, winds and color guard. Known as the "Sport of the Arts," WGI combines music, movement and props into a theatrical production.
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