Yamaha Corporation of America today announced the establishment of two new scholarships to honor the 30-year relationship between the company and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Beginning this season, Yamaha will award one $500 scholarship to a corps member of the brass section and another $500 scholarship to a member of the corps’ percussion section. Recipients, who will be chosen by Madison Scouts staff members and announced during the end-of-season corps banquet, must be enrolled in a college or university and be majoring in music education, music performance, music business, or other applicable area of music study. Candidates must also demonstrate the qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
“Yamaha and the Scouts share a deep commitment to music education and the relationship has enabled us to provide our student performers with the best percussion and brass instruments on which to play,” said Chris Komnick, executive director, Madison Scouts. “The new scholarship program is another example of Yamaha’s commitment to the marching arts and to the Madison Scouts and provides another great opportunity for young musicians to develop their talents in the fields of music education and performance.”
The Madison Scouts, a non-profit drum and bugle corps consisting of young men ages 16 to 22, are founding members of Drum Corps International (DCI). The team is rooted in integrity and honesty, with a dedication to personal development and the pursuit of excellence through music and performance arts. Stellar showcases of their tireless drilling can be seen at parades, sporting events and music festivals.
The Scouts became the first DCI corps to use Yamaha instruments and the relationship thrived due to a shared passion for music education. In the last three decades, nearly 5,000 Scouts have benefited from premium, durable instruments and unwavering support from the proficient technicians who designed them. The partnership between the Madison Scouts and Yamaha is the longest standing between any drum corps and instrument manufacturer.
“With everyone’s constant support and nurturing of this revered relationship between Yamaha and the Scouts, we have helped further the advancement of music education,” said Roger Eaton, director of marketing, Band & Orchestral Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “The Madison Scouts have carried the Yamaha banner with great honor and have lent their expertise to the testing of Yamaha products in the rigors of an outdoor setting and contributed to the development of many landmark instruments.”
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.