Yamaha and Schmidt’s Music Donate Musical Instruments to Replace Those Destroyed in Fire at Workman Middle School

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Yamaha Corporation of America and Schmidt's Music came to the aid of Workman Middle School replacing several instruments that were lost in a fire destroying the school's orchestra room

Dave Schmidt (left), owner of Schmidt's Music joined with Yamaha to donate several musical instruments to Workman Middle School Orchestra Director Christina Clark Frierdich.

“While this fire at Workman Middle School was a tragedy, we hope this donation of musical instruments by Yamaha and Schmidt's Music to the school's music program helps to bring it back better than ever," said Lisa MacDonald, Yamaha Corporation of America.

Buena Park, California-based Yamaha Corporation of America, the world's largest musical instrument manufacturer, and Schmidt's Music came to the aid of Workman Middle School in Pensacola, Florida, replacing several instruments that were lost in a fire that destroyed the school's portable orchestra room on Saturday, May 13.

The fire, most likely caused by lightning, claimed at least 21 instruments and an extensive collection of sheet music. Yamaha donated six V5 violins and a DGX 660 digital piano to the school, while Schmidt's Music contributed two cellos and an upright bass to help the music program get back on its feet.

Dave Schmidt, owner of Schmidt’s Music, presented the instruments to the school’s orchestra director, Christina Clark Frierdich at an event held today at the school.

“Christina has built a magnificent orchestra program at Workman Middle School, and like so many in our community, Schmidt’s Music is compelled to support the school with this instrument donation,” said Schmidt. “I am also grateful to partner with Yamaha to help get the music program up and running again without missing a beat.”

"Supporting music education is at the heart of everything we do here at Yamaha,” said Lisa MacDonald, director of marketing, Band & Orchestral division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “While this fire at Workman Middle School was a tragedy, we hope this donation of musical instruments by Yamaha and Schmidt's Music to the school's music program helps to bring it back better than ever."

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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, commercial installation 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, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, 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, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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