Chapter Five: Journey Without End
With the release of the second generation of Xeno Artist Model trumpets from 2013 to 2017, more and more players began to choose Yamaha, making it the most widely used trumpet among the top seven orchestras in the US in 2017. David Bilger, principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra, played a major role in the development of the New York Series. He did not play a Yamaha instrument when the development team asked him to collaborate with them, but as they worked together to take the trumpet to the next level, Bilger became satisfied with the new trumpet, which led to the conversion of the whole trumpet section of The Philadelphia Orchestra to the Xeno Artist Model New York Series. Moreover, this opened up the opportunity to work with The Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Yamaha approached Thomas Rolfs, Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony to explore a variation of the New York, Artist Model C trumpet. He agreed and his collaboration on the YM bell version*4 led to all members of The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s trumpet section switching to Yamaha trumpets. This finally marked the fulfillment of Kawasaki’s long-standing dream.