Since 1887, when it began producing reed organs, the Yamaha Corporation in Japan, has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of a full line of musical instruments, and a leading producer of audio/visual products, semiconductors and other computer related products, sporting goods, home appliances and furniture, specialty metals, machine tools, and industrial robots. Yamaha owns numerous subsidiaries and affiliates in overseas markets in addition to a number of related companies in Japan. The Yamaha Corporation of America was established in 1960 and offers a full line of musical instruments and audio/visual products to the U.S. market. YCA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan, and is the largest of all global subsidiary companies. Learn more www.yamaha.com.
Fred J. Miller Inc. (FJM) has over 55 years of experience in all phases of pageantry, during which it has developed an unparalleled reputation within the industry. FJM is a family owned business and each family member is involved in all aspects of the pageantry activity. FJM Inc. brings to you the customized service and knowledge of the industry to make your performers look their absolute best. Learn more at www.fjminc.com
Since 1987, Music Travel Consultants, led by accomplished band directors, has become first choice for student performing group travel by hearing customers, providing industry-leading on-line services and having professional Tour Escorts direct most trips. Focused on creating custom trips that provide relevant, memorable and rewarding student travel experiences, Indianapolis-based Music Travel successfully partners with customers to do just that, in destinations within the United States and world-wide. Over 165 years combined travel expertise earned in over 68 countries enables Music Travel Consultants to anticipate group needs and deliver group wishes, without surprises or hidden costs. Learn more
The Wenger Corporation was established in the basement of Harry Wenger in Owatonna Minnesota in 1946. He and his wife Ruth would travel to state music conventions and take orders for products like the Sousaphone Chair that helped students support the bulky instrument. By 1970 Wenger grew from $3 million to $21 million with the introductions of popular new product lines. Today Wenger employs over 500 manufacturing, marketing and sales professionals and offers nearly 600 products and sell all over the world. Wenger is a classic American success story. For over 60 years this has been a place where good people have put hard work behind good ideas. Learn more www.wengercorp.com
Visit Indy, a nonprofit organization, serves as the official sales and marketing arm for the city of Indianapolis. Visit Indy drives economic growth by strategically selling Indy as a destination to conventions, meetings, events and leisure travelers.
According to a recent study by Vantage Strategy, 22 million people visit Indianapolis annually, generating $3.95 billion in economic impact and supporting 75,000 full-time employment positions.To learn more about the city of Indianapolis and Visit Indy, visit: http://visitindy.com/
For over 40 years, Vic Firth has been a leader in design, innovation and technology. He has pioneered new concepts and methods to constantly improve upon the manufacturing process, resulting in the world's best drumsticks and mallets. The company began when Firth, who had been performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 12 years, was asked to perform pieces, which he felt required a higher quality drumstick than those that were currently being manufactured. Firth decided to design a set of his own sticks. Today, the Vic Firth, Inc. product line has grown two products to approximately 300 products in its catalog, and the company manufactures 12 million sticks a year. Learn more www.vicfirth.com
Title Sponsor, Texas Marching Band Championships and Corporate Sponsor
For more than 60 years, Texas Dairy Queen® has been one of the most beloved brands in the Lone Star State serving up everyone’s favorite burgers, baskets and Blizzards®. From big cities to small towns, Texas Dairy Queen franchisees operate nearly 600 stores across Texas. Our Title Sponsorship of the Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Championships in Texas represents the first step in our comprehensive commitment to support Music In the Schools at the high school level throughout Texas. For more information, visit us at www.dqtexas.com .
NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. Founded in 1901, NAMM has been the engine driving the music products industry, enabling both large and small businesses to maximize productivity and reduce the costs of doing business. With more than 9,000 Members in the United States and 100+ other countries, NAMM is ultimately dedicated to expanding the market and giving people of all ages the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of making music. Learn more www.namm.org
DANSR is the U.S. importer for Vandoren products and North American Importer of Denis Wick mouthpieces and mutes. Our mission is very clear: We want to make you the most successful musician, dealer or educator you can be. On this site you'll find information on products, tips for better teaching and ways to improve your bottom line. It's our vision to help you be successful, our passion to follow through and provide you exactly what you need and if we do so the results will be extraordinary. Learn more www.dansr.com
Delivra has been providing email software and professional services for over 12 years. Delivra helps businesses and organizations execute effective email marketing campaigns by providing dynamic software and professional services - from full out consulting engagements to help when you need it in areas such as: Design, Production, Deliverability and Testing. Voted one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in Indiana and one of Inc 5000's fastest growing companies, Delivra partners with businesses and organizations across all industries and verticals. To learn more about Delivra, visit www.delivra.com or call 866.915.9465.
Remo is an American drumhead and banjo head company founded by Remo D. Belli in 1957. Remo D. Belli experimented with PET film as a possible material for the production of drumheads after World War II due to its consistency in tonal qualities and resistance to weather changes. Throughout the 1960s, it was a fight to gain market acceptance, as purist jazzmen preferred the sound of natural calfskin. Rock drummers, however, appreciated the added durability and attack. In addition to drumheads, Remo also produces drumsets and ethnic percussion instruments. Learn more at www.remo.com
SmartMusic is award-winning learning software with the power to transform music learning. Students of all ages and skill levels can play or sing with professional accompaniments, making practice both rewarding and fun. SmartMusic gives students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of music from the world’s largest accompaniment library featuring thousands of titles for band and orchestra, solo contest repertoire, popular method books, jazz, and skill-building exercises. Smart Music is a product designed by MakeMusic, the world leader in software and systems for music educators and musicians. Learn more www.smartmusic.com
The Woodwind & Brasswind
The Woodwind & Brasswind was founded in 1978 by a music instructor looking to supplement his teaching income by selling musical instruments and accessories at fair prices. More than 30 years later, we are still committed to offering the right product at the right price, backed by our expert advice and customer service. Our passion for musicians starts with music education. That’s why we have a dedicated staff of bid specialists to serve educators, schools and government organizations. Additionally, we support many organizations dedicated to music education, including Music for All, DonorsChoose.org, Drum Corps International and SupportMusic. We offer more than 50,000 products and serve more than 91 countries, online at WWBW.com, or on the phone at 800.348.5003 with our musician experts.
Director's Showcase International (DSI) is a leading wholesale distributor of marching band accessories, guard equipment, and concert & choral attire. Our most notable brands include the MTX marching shoe, Viper marching shoe, Velocity marching shoe, Command Center podiums, Ever-Dri performance gloves, Ever-Jazz dance shoe, StarLite 2 dance boot, Excalibur Sabre and Elite Rifles.
For over 30 years DSI has supplied products to schools, band boosters, students and teachers around the globe. Through our exclusive dealer network we have a presence in every US state and in 12 countries around the world. DSI is headquartered in Ligonier, Indiana. Visit us online at http://dshowcase.com
Mr. Video Productions was formed in 1982 in Omaha, Nebraska, as a small, local-event video company. Mr. Video designed and developed a one-of-a-kind business management system. This system was written and designed specifically to handle large-scale data entry and fulfillment needs for speculation event video production and currently manages in excess of 33,000 different video products. Mr. Video developed relationships in the scholastic community and is today regarded as the most-trusted name in scholastic video services. Today, Mr. Video boasts an exceptional staff of videographers traveling the country continuously, logging enormous camera hours and providing customers with expert event videographer skills. Learn more www.mrvideoonline.com
For more than 20 years, PepWear has been commemorating high school experiences. We started out selling t-shirts at band competitions, and now PepWear attends more than 800 school-related events throughout the United States each year. Originally called Music T’s, PepWear was formed in 1987 when a father realized that band kids weren’t getting the recognition they deserved for their musical accomplishments. Over the years, we expanded our offerings to serve any group needing custom apparel and merchandise—whether a sports team, marching band, church youth group, corporation or charity event. Not only are we creating great memorabilia, we are also supporting nonprofit organizations running music and sporting events all over the country. Learn more www.pepwear.com
From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Through the annual DCI Tour and more than 35 World Championships in 17 North American cities, Drum Corps International provides entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally-televised events. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League. Learn more www.dci.org
WGI was founded in 1977 to draw together the growing winter guard activity, standardize rules, and provide leadership and guidance. WGI Sport of the Arts is the world's premier organization producing indoor color guard and percussion ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion activities. WGI offers a network of Regional contests in the U.S., Canada, and Europe culminating in an annual International Championship in April. Now entering its 33rd year, the sport continues to evolve and grow. Learn more www.wgi.org
The Percussive Arts Society is the world's largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. Established in 1961 as a non-profit, music service organization, our mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. For over 45 years the Percussive Arts Society has been serving all levels of percussion performers as well as the percussion industry. Each year PAS hosts the largest percussion convention in the world, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), featuring the top names in drumming and percussion. Learn more www.pas.org
The National Association for Music Education, among the world's largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME's mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME's resources have been largely responsible for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. Learn more www.nafme.org.