Yamaha Welcomes Percussion Master Jeff Queen to Its Artist Roster

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Renowned Educator Has Appeared on Broadway and National Television

Jeff Queen

Queen 'will help us further Yamaha’s mission to pass down knowledge to the next generation of percussionists,' John Wittmann, director, artist relations and education, Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis.

Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis today announced the addition of concert and marching percussionist Jeff Queen to the Yamaha Percussion Artist Roster.

Queen, who began playing percussion at a very young age, participated with several top-notch drum and bugle corps, including the Canton Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard and the Blue Knights. He returned to the drum and bugle corps world as a caption head for the Carolina Crown and Colts corps in the early 2000s. Queen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition, along with a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance, both from Butler University. He currently serves as the Percussion Coordinator for Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana, and is a faculty member at Butler University and Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“Jeff is a world-renowned percussionist and a pivotal addition to our artist community,” said John Wittmann, director, artist relations and education, Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis. “His dedication to music education and performance is inspiring, and will help us further Yamaha’s mission to pass down knowledge to the next generation of percussionists.”

Queen is an original cast member of the Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway show BLAST. In addition to performing across the world with the group, he appeared on several national television shows, including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Kennedy Center Honors 2000” and BLAST, productions that aired on PBS stations.

“I chose Yamaha for the company’s commitment to education, the quality and durability of their products and the people who work there,” said Queen. “Yamaha not only has some of the best drums and instruments on the planet, but they also have the most professional staff in the industry. Couple this with their commitment to the marching arts, including Bands of America, Drum Corps International, and Winter Guard International and you have a perfect match. It is an honor to be affiliated with such an amazing company.”

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About Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis
Yamaha, the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer, sponsors more educational activities than any other company in the industry. Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis (YASIN), serves as the home base for Woodwind, Brass, Strings and Percussion artists, who help further Yamaha’s longstanding commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities while spreading the news about the company’s outstanding instruments. Many of Yamaha’s Performing Artists are educators who work in prestigious universities around the country. Under Yamaha’s auspices, these gifted artists regularly offer clinics and master classes nationwide that promote active music-making and a deeper understanding of musical principles. In addition, YASIN partners with many national music organizations, including Music for All, Drum Corps International and the Percussive Arts Society.

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.

Marc Ferris/Giles Communications
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