“We were so taken by Kevin’s words to Oprah and we wanted to support him with this contribution. I hope Kevin is able to not only fulfill his own dreams in playing but also share his passion and inspire others to make music,” said Ian Wudyka, district manager, Yamaha Corporation of America.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 10, 2019
This past weekend, Yamaha Corporation of America and Syracuse University (SU) came together to provide a brand-new trumpet to Kevin Richardson, a member of the ‘Exonerated Five.’
The generous gift was presented at SU’s Our Time Has Come Benefit Reception at the Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse, New York, which honored Richardson for his perseverance in a time of struggle. Ian Wudyka of Yamaha presented the instrument to Kevin Richardson.
Richardson, one of five men now known as the ‘Exonerated Five,’ is the subject of the recent Netflix series “When They See Us,” which tells the story of the Central Park Jogger case and the men who were wrongfully convicted of assault. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Richardson explained his excitement toward playing the trumpet back in 1989, as well as his goal to play at SU — a goal he was never able to reach — which caught the attention of both SU and Yamaha.
“We were so taken by Kevin’s words to Oprah and we wanted to support him with this contribution,” says Wudyka. “I hope Kevin is able to not only fulfill his own dreams in playing but also share his passion and inspire others to make music.”
While on SU’s campus, Richardson was also honored with a scholarship in his name on behalf of the Our Time Has Come program. In addition to the trumpet presentation, Yamaha contributed $1000 to the scholarship, which supports African American and Latino students through a variety of scholarships based on financial need.
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.