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Gregg Bissonette Introduces Mapex Marching Snare At DCI Championships

United States
AUSTIN, TEXAS, August 15, 2007 — Mapex artist Gregg Bissonette held a clinic/performance for fans and corps members as the gates opened to the 35th annual DCI Championships in Pasadena, California. Gregg provided a sneak peek at the new Mapex Quantum marching snare drum as an additional highlight to Quantum’s DCI Sponsorship and even incorporated it into the performance.

Gregg was joined by Patricia Islas, Ross/Majestic percussion artist and member of Team Islas, on vibraphone and bassist Doug Ross. In addition to some smoking drum solos, the trio performed two pieces written by Islas.

“Gregg stressed the importance of being a total percussionist with flexibility in style and instrument,” reported Chris Hankes, Percussion Product Manager and developer of the Mapex Quantum drums. “His message was emphasized by the pieces they played and by incorporating the marching snare into his set.”

In addition to the clinic, the Quantum Marching Project handed out stadium seat cushions and talked about the new series with corps members, staff and band directors in attendance.

Derek Craig, Marketing VP for Jupiter Band Instruments was pleased with the buzz surrounding Quantum. “There’s a lot of excitement about Quantum already. I knew the corps community was anticipating the series, but I was surprised at the number of school band directors who had been following the progress and were eager to see product.”

The new Mapex Quantum marching snare is part of the Quantum Marching Project -- a collaborative effort between Mapex drums, Jupiter band instruments and Majestic percussion to develop a full line of marching brass, battery and front line percussion models. The much anticipated series will be introduced in January of 2008.

For more information, visit QuantumMarching.com or contact Jupiter Band Instruments, Inc.
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