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The Most Awarded Music Instrument Brand in Drum Corps

Yamaha-supported drum corps take the prize year after year.

For over 30 years Yamaha has supported many of the top competitors at the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship. We are proud to highlight the DCI awards and trumpet the names of those award-winning drum corps.

DCI Jim Ott High Brass Award using Yamaha Brass Instruments

Yamaha brass instruments were introduced into DCI in 2000 and since then, drum corps playing our instruments have won the award 9 out of 16 years:

  • 2000 The Cadets
  • 2002 The Cavaliers
  • 2005 The Cadets
  • 2006 The Cavaliers
  • 2009 Carolina Crown
  • 2011 Carolina Crown
  • 2012 Carolina Crown
  • 2013 Carolina Crown
  • 2015 The Cadets

 

DCI Fred Sanford High Percussion Award using Yamaha Percussion Instruments

Since 1985, drum corps using Yamaha percussion instruments have won the award 14 out of 31 years:

  • 1986 The Blue Devils
  • 1991 The Cavaliers (tied with Vanguard and Star of Indiana)
  • 1992 The Cavaliers
  • 1995 The Cavaliers
  • 1996 The Blue Devils
  • 1997 The Blue Devils
  • 1999 The Cavaliers
  • 2000 The Cavaliers
  • 2001 The Cadets
  • 2002 The Cadets
  • 2003 The Cadets
  • 2005 The Cadets
  • 2011 The Cavaliers
  • 2013 The Cadets

 

DCI Championship

Drum & Bugle Corps using Yamaha instruments have won the DCI championship 18 times since 1986 – more than any other brand:

  • 1986 The Blue Devils
  • 1988 The Madison Scouts
  • 1992 The Cavaliers
  • 1994 The Blue Devils
  • 1995 The Cavaliers
  • 1996 The Blue Devils
  • 1997 The Blue Devils
  • 1999 The Blue Devils
  • 2000 The Cadets
  • 2000 The Cavaliers
  • 2001 The Cavaliers
  • 2002 The Cavaliers
  • 2004 The Cavaliers
  • 2005 The Cadets
  • 2006 The Cavaliers
  • 2011 The Cadets
  • 2013 Carolina Crown
  • 2016 The Bluecoats

 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Troy Wollwage is the Department Manager for all things Yamaha percussion in the U.S. He has an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Since starting with Yamaha in 2003, Troy has guided numerous product development activities and has managed over 50 events a year. He is an alumnus of the world-famous USC Trojan Marching Band and appeared in the movie “Naked Gun,” as well as numerous TV shows.

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