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Marching Band Wins Big

SDSU earns first prize of musical instruments valued at $20,000.
The new instruments will be used primarily by the Marching Aztecs.
The new instruments will be used primarily by the Marching Aztecs.
The San Diego State Marching Band has six brand new marching baritones valued at $20,000, thanks to the Aztec spirit of SDSU students, staff and friends.

The university took first prize in Yamaha’s 2013 Quest for Music Education online competition. Bryan Ransom, director of athletic bands, learned about the competition from a Yamaha customer service representative who had been involved in SDSU’s purchase of marching drums in 2012.

Ransom registered SDSU for the competition, and asked students and band “friends” to vote for SDSU online.

“I simply spread the word to the band and our friends and fans on social media,” Ransom said. “Participants were required to visit the Yamaha website and answer questions about their wind, percussion, and audio products. With a few ‘gentle reminders’ from me, apparently we had the most people participating in the college band division of the contest!”

Ransom said he purchased marching baritones with the prize money because “even with care and maintenance, our horns needed replacement. We march between 12 and 16 baritones on the field each season.”

The new instruments will be used primarily by the Marching Aztecs, who perform at all SDSU home football games, and by members of the Varsity Band, who perform at women’s basketball games.
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