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Yamaha awards Karina Gluys scholarship

Yamaha Corporation of America and Winter Guard International (WGI) recently named Karina Gluys winner of the 2015 Yamaha/ Dennis DeLucia Scholarship.

The scholarship, named for renowned percussion teacher, arranger, clinician, judge and Yamaha Artist Dennis DeLucia, is awarded to a deserving percussionist each year at the WGI Indoor Percussion World Championship Finals.

Karina is enrolled in the Music Therapy program at Western Michigan University, where she studies with Professor Judy Moonert. In addition to participating in the percussion studio, she performs with the University Percussion Ensemble. Karina also marches with the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the bass line. She plans to continue her education in music therapy through the graduate level and to continue participating in WGI as an instructor.

Karina became involved with pageantry in her freshman year of high school with the marching band, where she played auxiliary and bass drum, ultimately becoming the drumline leader. In Karina’s sophomore year, she joined WGI, participating in the Legends Indoor Brass and Percussion Ensemble, and then joining the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, where she started on the vibraphone and then transitioned to bass drum.

“I have gained so much knowledge, experience and empowerment through marching, all of which have flowed directly into my growth as a musician and student,” said Karina. “I attribute my work ethic, leadership skills and many meaningful relationships to marching, which has helped shape my musical development and led me to become a stronger, more independent person.”

WGI supports the competitive indoor marching activities of percussion and color guard. Known as the Sport of the Arts, WGI combines music, movement and props into a theatrical production. The WGI Indoor Percussion World Championships is the culminating event of the indoor percussion season. The Yamaha/Dennis DeLucia Scholarship is a way to honor DeLucia's contributions to marching music and to continue Yamaha’s long history of supporting music education.

About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U. S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, earphones, headphones, sound bars, and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.