Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral division, has named Arizona State University (ASU) graduate Dale Ramirez as its 2018 selection for the summer term of its renowned wind instruments internship program.
Chosen from a national pool of talented and accomplished applicants, the Glendale native will provide Yamaha with marketing and sales support for its world-class winds products. He will serve the three-month internship — which runs through August — at the company’s headquarters in Buena Park, Calif.
Ramirez’s commitment to music has been front and center throughout his academic career. As a student at Ironwood High School in Glendale, he studied saxophone with Petre Scafaru, competed in regional and state contests for solo performances and bands and spent two years as the school’s marching band drum major.
While completing his bachelor’s degree in Music Education at ASU, he studied saxophone under Dr. Christopher Creviston. He also found time to perform two solo saxophone recitals and lend his talents to a wide range of student and local ensembles, including the ASU Saxophone Choir, two saxophone quartets, the ASU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Repertory Band, Pep Band and more.
Ramirez’s love of marching band followed him to ASU’s world-famous Sun Devil Marching Band, where he spent a year as alto saxophone rank leader and three years as drum major. During his time in the Sun Devil bands, Ramirez became a Brother of the National Honorary Band Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, going on to serve as Chapter Vice President of Service, Chapter President and Western District President. He spent last summer as a drum major and Student Leadership Clinician for Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics, traveling the country helping students develop both their technical skills and confidence as performers.
“Dale’s musicianship, commitment to music education, love for marching band and deep involvement with other student ensembles make him a perfect fit for Yamaha,” Brian Petterson, winds marketing manager, Band & Orchestral division, Yamaha Corporation of America, said. “Yamaha instruments are synonymous with music education, and working with the Band & Orchestral division will give Dale important experience as he looks to further his career in music.”
The Yamaha Band & Orchestral division is responsible for marketing, sales, and research and development for strings, wind instruments, and concert and marching percussion. In addition, it focuses attention on education initiatives for school music programs throughout the United States.
Additional information about Yamaha Corporation of America is available at http://4wrd.it/YAMAHAUSA.