January 21, 2022 I Anniversary
Roland Celebrates 50th Year with Commemorative Website
Roland is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022. To kick off the milestone year, Roland has launched the “Roland at 50” website, the first of many activities the company has planned for the year to thank musicians for bringing Roland instruments to life since 1972. The anniversary site showcases significant moments in music history and honors the artists and the Roland products relied upon to shape music and culture for the last five decades.
“Since its foundation in 1972, the musical instrument manufacturer Roland has continued to develop epoch-making products, touching nearly every music genre and meeting the demands of creators all over the world,” said Roland CEO and Representative Director Jun-ichi Miki. “In 2022, we are thrilled to celebrate our 50th anniversary with you. We greatly appreciate your loyalty to Roland and passion for our products and services over such a long time.”
At the heart of the “Roland at 50” website is a bespoke timeline, spanning the decades from the 1970s–2020s, which showcases more than 180 Roland products. Rich with content, the commemorative site also highlights articles for Roland enthusiasts that show how Roland products have powered creative processes and inspiration over the decades, from “A History of Roland Samplers,” to “Time Machine: Remembering Neil Peart,” to “Sound Behind the Song: ‘Take On Me’ by a-ha,” to “Drumatix: The Perpetual Appeal of the TR-606,” and more.
Commemorative Roland anniversary products are scheduled for release throughout 2022 as well, with one 50th model slated for debut this year on April 18, the date Roland was founded in 1972.