Yamaha Corporation of America named alumna Amanda Albini ’19 to its renowned percussion instruments internship program. Albini, who graduated last year, was selected from a national pool of talented and accomplished applicants and has been providing Yamaha with marketing and sales support for its world-class percussion products. The six-month internship program runs through December and takes place at the company’s headquarters in Buena Park, California.
Albini earned her bachelor’s degree in Ethnomusicology and Statistics at UCLA. During her time here, she played the drums in several ensembles, including Jazz Orchestra, Latin Jazz Band, Ellingtonia Band and Jazz Combos. She also played cymbals in the UCLA marching band. During her last two years at UCLA, Albini served on the board of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity and service organization that aims to help bands within and outside of the campus.
She graduated from Novato High School in Novato, California in 2014. During high school, she participated in the Marin School of the Arts, a specialized performing, visual arts and design program within her school. The program granted her the opportunity to receive college-level arts training and partake in numerous ensembles. She also took several advanced band classes, including Jazz Band 1 and Jazz Band 2; as well as Jazz Combo, a course that explores the rich tradition of small-group jazz.
“Amanda’s passion for percussion and deep involvement with student ensembles made her stand out as the clear choice for this program, and she has been a wonderful addition to our team,” says Troy C. Wollwage, marketing manager, Drum & Percussion, Yamaha Corporation of America. “We are thrilled to allow Amanda the opportunity to apply her percussion expertise and learn from our dedicated staff. We can’t wait for her to take hold of all the amazing opportunities that this internship has to offer.”