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September 28, 2017 10:26 AM

Yamaha Celebrates 50 Years Drum Manufacturing

Yamaha Music Japan with Kazunori Kobayashi as its president held Yamaha Drums 50th anniversary Drum Session on September 2 at Harajuku Quest Hall, Tokyo inviting industry guests and amateur drum fans full to capacity.

Legendary Yamaha drummers including Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Akira Jimbo, and popular young female student drummer Senri Kawaguchi shared and celebrated the historical milestone of Yamaha’s 50 years of drum manufacturing. The tickets for the concert sold out immediately when they went on sale.

Early in the opening ceremony, Takanori Kojima, manager of Yamaha LM Sales Division presented special trophies to Takeshi Inomata and George Ohtsuka, veterans in the Japanese drum society, in recognition of their more than 50 years of contribution to promotion of drum music and music education, and products development. A video message from Zildjian U.S.A. followed addressing their appreciation to dedication of Yamaha. (photo center: from r to l, Takeshi Inomata, George Ohtsuka and Takanori Kojima, Yamaha.)


The session started off with powerful drum solo by Kawaguchi, and the drum virtuosi joined her to entertain the audience with their exceptional drum technique and overwhelming expression. The 4 drummers played Chick Corea’s “Spain” and other tunes in session, and their performance made the night most impressive remembered and shared for long.


Since launch of the 1st drumkit in 1967, Yamaha has continued development and refinement of its drums in 50 years with countless innovative technologies and ideas. Today, top drummers throughout the world appreciate Yamaha drums for their distinguished ability and tonal quality to meet requirement of individual artists. The 4 drummers unanimously commented that they totally relied on Yamaha drums for their unbeatable sound and superior expression capability.

Yamaha also organized 50th anniversary events in Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in September in collaboration with Senri Kawaguchi on her tour. (photo: Yamaha 50th anniversary model)

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