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Yamaha Artists Ring In New President

Night before "A Celebration of America"
Oscar Stagnaro, Alex Brown, Yamaha drummer Mark Walker, President Barack Obama, Diego Urcola, Paul Malesi and Charlie Fishman the night before "A Celebration of America," an event that took place Jan. 19 at the Kennedy Center
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 21, 2009) — Yamaha artists have celebrated the inauguration of 44th president of the United States Barack Obama in big ways over the course of the past few days, one of which was the concert at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball Tuesday night. The star-studded event aired live on ABC and featured performances by Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder, both on a Yamaha C6S grand piano placed by YCAA, Maroon Five featuring Yamaha drummer Matt Flynn, Beyonce and Mariah Carey, among others.

The Neighborhood Ball, a first of its kind and one of the few balls open to the public, was the first of 10 official balls that the Obamas were scheduled to attend. Early numbers show an estimated 12.6 million viewers tuned in to the live coverage. Overall, television turned out in unprecedented ways to cover the inauguration and related events, and early reports say the coverage could go down as one of the most-watched events in TV history.

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball
Other Yamaha artists who performed for the Obamas between last Sunday and today, many whom YCAA worked with to provide pianos, include Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban (C7S), Nathan East, John Legend (C7S), Kyle Paas of Fall Out Boy, Omar Edwards with Jay-Z, George Pajon Jr. with the Black Eyed Peas, David Foster (C7S), Mark Walker with Paquito D'Rivera, and Larry Mullen with U2.

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Yamaha Artists Ring In New President
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