QUANTUM FIELD TESTING AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
When the ASU Sun Devils marching band took the field at their first football game this season, they were playing some of the most anticipated and talked about marching instruments around. The ASU band, which was recently outfitted entirely with Jupiter woodwind and brass instruments, will be field testing the new Jupiter Quantum marching trumpets and a full set of Mapex Quantum marching drums prior to the release of the series in January.
“This is a great opportunity to get some valuable feedback on these instruments from a world-class percussion staff and performers with a wealth of marching experience,” says Chris Hankes, Product Manager for Mapex marching drums. “The performance demands of such a program and the extreme Arizona climate provide the ultimate proving ground for our new Mapex Quantum series drums.”
Ed Gobbel, Jupiter Product Manager, also has a lot to gain from the testing. “The opportunity to put the new marching trumpets in the hands of these players is tremendous. Jim Hudson, ASU’s Director of Athletic bands, has been supportive of the Quantum project from the start and is great to work with. The insight is valuable and we know the horns will be rigorously tested.”
The Quantum Marching Project, spearheaded by Jupiter Band Instruments, Inc., is a cooperative development program between Jupiter winds, Mapex drums and Majestic percussion that combines the strengths of each brand in an effort to produce a complete ensemble of high-performance marching brass, drums and percussion. The series will officially be launched in January, 2008.
Get an exclusive look behind the scenes of the R&D process by visiting QuantumMarching.com, where the product managers will provide regular updates regarding the Arizona State University testing as well as other groups performing field tests this Fall.