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Business News (more headlines) 05-12-2014

Yamaha Quest For Music Education Online Contest Awards More Than $100,000 In Prizes To Eight Winning Schools

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BUENA PARK, Calif. (May 12, 2014)—Yamaha today announced the winners of the Quest for Music Education online contest, which awarded a total value of more than $100,000 in band and orchestral instruments and equipment to music departments at eight winning schools across the United States.

The Quest for Music Education contest consisted of a series of online quests at usa.yamaha.com that covered a variety of topics, including Yamaha Artists, Yamaha Internships and Music Advocacy. Winning schools tallied the largest participation rate.

Yamaha awarded three First Place prizes of $20,000 in instruments, three Second Place prizes of $10,000 in instruments, and two Third Place prizes of $5,000 in instruments in three categories: elementary/middle schools, high schools and colleges/universities. Winning schools chose the instruments that made up their prize package to best serve their programs.

“We experienced a wonderful participation rate for this contest and the winning schools were able to recruit students, parents, teachers and people in the community to stand up for music education,” said Roger Eaton, director of marketing, Band & Orchestral Division, Yamaha Corporation of America.

“When we first learned of the opportunity to enter this contest, our band community was quick to hop on board,” said David Mobley, band director at Round Rock High School, Round Rock, Texas. “We have a number of needs for instruments, so any chance to win some, especially from Yamaha, was a real motivator for us. We have selected a french horn and an oboe, both of which we had to borrow from other schools. Now our students have brand new, high quality instruments from Yamaha and we could not be happier.”

List of Winners and Prizes Selected
First Place:
1. Teasley Middle School, Canton, Georgia (two YBB-105WC tubas, two YCL-221II bass clarinets, one YHR-567 french horn)
2. Arroyo Valley High School, San Bernadino, California (YM1430C marimba, two YAS-26 alto saxophones, two YTS-26 tenor saxophones, YSL-448G trombone, two VC3S44 cellos)
3. San Diego State University, California (six YBH-301M marching baritone horns)

Second Place:
1. Somerset Canyons Middle School, West Boynton Beach, Florida (two YBB-105WC tubas, one CCH2 –two-tiered cymbal stand)
2. Round Rock High School, Round Rock, Texas (one YHR-668NII French horn and one YOB-441M oboe)
3. VanderCook College of Music, Chicago (one YAS62III alto saxophone and one YBL-830 XENO trombone)

Third Place:
1. MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School, Santa Ana, California (one AVA5-140SK viola, one YEP-201 euphonium and one VC3S44 cello)
2. Broad Run High School, Ashburn, Virginia (one YEP-321 euphonium, one YCL-255 clarinet and one YPC-32 piccolo)
For more information, visit http://4wrd.it/YAMAHAUSA.

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About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, earphones, headphones, sound bars, and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.

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