Pearl Corporation of America has partnered with Drum Corps International to be the presenting sponsor of the Masters of the Summer Music Games event scheduled for Friday, July 25 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

"Pearl Presents the Masters of the Summer Music Games" will feature the top eight World Class DCI corps as determined by competitive rankings.

"We are very pleased to have partners like the Pearl Corporation to assist us in our mission of celebrating excellence through the outstanding performances of these exceptional young performers," said Drum Corps International Executive Director and CEO Dan Acheson.

Located in Nashville, Tenn., Pearl Corporation is a division of Pearl Musical Instruments, a world-wide leading manufacturer of drums, percussion instruments and flutes. Pearl Corporation is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Adams concert percussion and is partners with Peavey Electronics. Pearl's artist roster is comprised of numerous celebrated drummers and percussionists in all areas of music performance. The company's educational artist roster reinforces a long-running commitment to education through instructional clinics and performances across the nation.

"It is always gratifying to be able to support youth and the art of music in such a positive way," said Rudy Gowern, Marching Percussion Marketing & Product Manager for the Pearl Corporation. "As DCI's longest-standing corporate partner, Pearl maintains its position as a leader in the marching percussion industry with this new venture. We are extremely excited and proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Masters of the Summer Music Games."

Pearl has been a corporate partner of Drum Corps International for more than a decade. Through its sponsorship commitments, the company also supports the Percussive Arts Society and Indiana Percussion Association, and is a presenting sponsor and "official drum company" of Winter Guard International.

Pearl/Adams percussion products are used exclusively by some of Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International's top groups including the Santa Clara Vanguard, Boston Crusaders, Blue Knights, Spirit, Blue Stars, Troopers, Pioneer, Music City Mystique, Blue Knights Indoor, Surround Sound, Gateway and United Percussion, among others.

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