Yamaha donates instruments valued at more than $100,000 to Dayton Public Schools


Alex Kincaid
Writer and Content Specialist

For Immediate Release

DPS Yamaha Donation to Thurgood

The Dayton Public Schools received a generous donation of 24 timpani and five marching french horns from Yamaha Corporation of America on Monday, March 4.

Yamaha Senior Director of Education Marcia Neel and Yamaha Band & Orchestral District Manager Dave Clark presented the instruments valued at $104,499 to the Dunbar Early College High School and Thurgood Marshall STEM High School band directors and students. 

DPS Yamaha Donation Dunbar

“This donation supports the program we are trying to build here at the Dayton Public Schools. It is a wonderful contribution for us and we are very appreciative of it,” said Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Lolli. “We have a lot of people who want music to be revitalized again.”

Nearly 900 students are now enrolled in the choral and instrumental music programs in grades 7-12. All K-6 students have music in the curriculum. In 2016, DPS restarted the high school band program after a 10-year lapse.

Yamaha’s donations will benefit students at Dunbar, Thurgood, Meadowdale and Belmont high schools, and Wright Brothers, Wogaman and Edwin Joel Brown middle schools.

“Supporting music education has always been at the heart of everything we do at Yamaha,” said Lisa Steele-MacDonald, director of marketing at Yamaha. “Music programs provide a springboard for academic and personal success — and we are dedicated to providing substantial tools to music teachers so they can continue to support young musicians’ future success in life.”