Yamaha Sounds of Summer

Yamaha Sounds of Summer 2012The University of Connecticut Drumline and Yamaha are teaming up for the fourth year in a row to present the 2012 Sounds of Summer (SOS) Program at UConn. This program offers percussionists in grades 7-12 to come to the Storrs campus to join members of the UConn Drumline for a two day hands on marching percussion clinic taught by Yamaha Artist, Matt Savage and the UConn Drumline staff.

An integral part of the continuing education of thousands of percussion students nationwide, the Yamaha SOS program connects developing musicians with some of the top names in marching percussion. It is estimated that over 55,000 students have participated in a Yamaha Sounds of Summer camp. UConn was chosen as one of 39 schools to host this event.

In 2011 alone, Yamaha coordinated camps spanning 24 states across the country, teaching over 2,000 young percussionists. UConn hosted over 60 students for the camp!

Sounds of Summer represents Yamaha’s long-standing commitment to not only provide young musicians with world-class instruments, but also support for music education. The program provides professional instruction to percussionists of all abilities. The clinic promotes the enthusiasm of musicianship along with a memorable experience that will hopefully inspire students to keep music in their lives by placing them in a learning environment filled with Yamaha performers, college staff members and students who were once at their same level of musicianship.

Matt Savage played snare drum with the legendary Bayonne Bridgemen and served as Percussion Instructor and Arranger for the Velvet Knights, Dutchboy, and the Bluecoats. At the collegiate level, Matt has served as percussion instructor for the USC Trojan Marching Band and is currently director of marching percussion at the University of North Carolina where he has also in the past, served as Assistant Director of University Bands. He is as also currently an adjudicator for WGI.

Chris Horvat, UConn Drumline Instructor and Chris Rivera, Director of Bands at Norwalk High School will also be on hand for the clinic. Horvat graduated from UConn and has marched with several DCI Drum Corps including the World Champion Cadets. Rivera, who is a Yamaha Percussion Artist, has worked with several Drum Corps, was the percussion caption head at Trumbull High School and is currently the Director of Bands at Norwalk High School.

In addition to tee-shirts and lanyards, Yamaha provides each camper with “The Marching Essentials” book series, which includes music written by top Yamaha Artists including, Jon Weber, Tracy Wiggins, Ian Moyer, Colin McNutt, Bret Kuhn, Jim Campbell, Alan Keown, Ben Maughmer and Clif Walker.

“As an industry leader in music education, Yamaha recognizes the value of connecting developing musicians with our talented roster of artists,” says Troy Wollwage, Band & Orchestral Percussion Marketing Manager. “These outstanding and informative clinics are proof of Yamaha’s unrivaled focus on education.”

The Sounds of Summer Program will be hosted at UConn on June 25-26, 2012. For more information and to register, visit our website at www.soundsofsummer.uconn.edu, or contact Corina Wylie in the UConn Band Office at ucmb@uconn.edu or (860) 486-5908.