Visual percussion comes to the Greater Miami Valley the week of April 16th, when Winter Guard International (WGI) brings its beat.

The marching ensembles keep company with some amazing talent and all will create beautiful music with Dayton Public Schools.

Yamaha Corporation of America and Music for All, a nonprofit the multinational corporation sponsors, will begin to partner with DPS because of public school music veteran, Marcia Neel.  The former Kettering (Ohio) resident and Fairmont West High School alumna is a senior director with Yamaha.  She has created collaborations that will further develop the skills of students in the Dayton Public School District during the WGI Percussion World Championships April 16th - 22nd.

The Yamaha Corporation was also able to secure famous percussionist Lamar Burkhalter that same week.  Not only will he provide workshops for DPS percussion students, but Neel also set up an event for the students to meet him, Monday, April 16th.  This will give our students some interpersonal, detailed time with Burkhalter and WGI executive director, Ron Nankervis.

The workshops for percussion students will take place at Wright Brothers Middle School, 1361 Huffman Ave., 45403, from 9 am to 1 pm, Tuesday, April 17th and Wednesday, April 18th.

This collaboration with Dayton Schools and WGI is another link to DPS advancing instrumental music opportunities throughout the district.