Historic Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band Choose Yamaha Percussion

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The Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band continues more than 90 years of success with Yamaha percussion instruments

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“Our students are able to reach their full potential by performing on instruments that produce a consistently high level of quality and exceptional sound, both indoors and on the field," said Steve McKeithen, associate director of bands, California State University, Fresno.

Yamaha today announced that the 92-year old Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band, an NCAA Division-I college marching band in the Mountain West Conference, will perform exclusively on Yamaha marching percussion instruments.

The Bulldog Marching Band is now fully equipped with 9300 Series Snare Drums, 8300 Series Multi-Toms and Bass Drums, widely-known for their distinctive sound and wide dynamic range, as well as a full complement of Multi-Frame II mallet percussion instruments.

The band’s history details many milestones, including a performance at a San Diego Chargers football game in 2015 and the Oakland Raiders halftime show in 2016, as well as at the prelims and finals of the Western Band Association (WBA) Championships, hosted in Bulldog Stadium. Additionally, the band was selected as an "Ensemble of Excellence" in 2017 by the College Band Directors National Association, one of eight marching bands in the country to receive that honor after a juried selection process.

“The aesthetic, musical and ergonomic design of our Yamaha equipment is unmatched,” said Steve McKeithen, associate director of bands, California State University, Fresno. “Our students are able to reach their full potential by performing on instruments that produce a consistently high level of quality and exceptional sound, both indoors and on the field.”

For more than half a century, Yamaha has held music education as a core principle of the company—one that encompasses a broad spectrum of community outreach. The company is deeply committed to supporting music education associations that include Music for All, Percussive Arts Society, State MEA’s and many others. In addition, Yamaha supports more than 300 educational clinics a year at universities, high schools, conventions, workshops and dealer events. The company has also built an enviable roster of signature music education programs that have helped people of all ages embrace the joy of music making.

“The Bulldog Marching Band inspires all of us as we craft and innovate the world’s finest marching percussion products,” said Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Yamaha Percussion. “Yamaha is honored to be a part of this extraordinary group of young professionals, and we look forward to their continued success.”

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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