Peter Luongo and 16 members of the Peter Luongo Ukulele Experience stop in for a lively discussion about learning literacy - learning a language, a code, and a methodology. He talks about the method of teaching from the Langley school district, and the limitlessness of learning. He also graces us with several performances, to end our last live podcast episode from The 2019 NAMM Show.
Sam Gronseth from Paradise, California sits down with Mary Luehrsen to talk about the remarkable work that he's done to bring hope and healing through the Butte Strong United Choir from Butte County, California. His community was devastated by the 2018 Camp Fire. Sam got heavily involved by taking musicians, both young and old, on performances on the road. We also talk about his incredible music education career, and how he continues to learn and grow through his local music educator association.
Rich Redmond is a professional percussionist, music educator, and a motivational speaker. As a traveling musician, he has a versatility and wide range of accomplishments, including acting. He was in the drumline, and ended up getting his bachelor's degree in music education with percussion emphasis at Texas Tech. He’s now in Nashville, which he says is always about storytelling. We discuss his musical career, acting, and how there’s currently a new evolution of country music.
Len Horowitz from History of Recorded Sound in Culver City, California devoted his professional recording engineering career to analog restoration. He talks about recording technology through the years, and the changes that have revolutionized the industry. The History of Recorded Sound teaches or helps young people listen to music again as an audio-only format and how to appreciate music and audio. The language of the recording industry is discussed in detail and is a riveting learning experience.
Jonathan Dely joined us at the Grand Rally for Music Education. As a jazz trumpeter, he fronts a very diverse and eclectic group of musicians. He talks about his journey from Wall Street to “The Main Stage,” and how being an academic has helped foster his love of music.
J. Dash discusses his musical career, the fellowship of musicians, and advocacy for music education. He plays an original composition, and talks about his virality. J. is active on Facebook, and enjoys sharing his music and enthusiasms with his audience. J. Dash also talks about his education in computer science and scoring movies and television.
Mary Luehrsen chats with members of the historic black college and university, HBCU Band Directors’ Consortium. Guests are Thomas Warner Jr. who currently serves as assistant director of bands at North Carolina A&T State University, Professor Roxanne Stevenson who directs bands at Chicago State University and presides over their new program called Gospel Music, and Al Davis who is director of bands and assistant professor of music at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina. the HBCU Band Directors’ Consortium is a collaboration of historically black colleges and universities in Atlanta, Georgia.
Gibson artist Gina Chavez got her start in the Austin Independent School District where she discovered a love of singing. From the moment she discovered her dad’s guitar tucked away in a closet she’s been playing to audiences all over the world seeking to connect to audience and to connect them with each other. A true cultural phenomenon, Gina performs her song, “ Miles de Millas,” LIVE at The 2019 NAMM Show.
Conductor and Composer Eric Whitacre shares his love of music and astrophysics and talks about how they intersect for him. A musical child, Whitacre has always been deeply moved by music, and by choral expression in particular. Composer of the Virtual Choir(s) as well as the film, “Deep Field.” Whitacre’s compositions pair perfectly with images from the Hubble Telescope Deep Field images.
Black Violin’s Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste stopped by to catch up with Mary Luehrsen before opening The 2019 NAMM Show with their “90 minutes of fury” performance for an audience of thousands. Kev and Wil talk about their musical and professional growth over the past 22 years of friendship and performing together that includes shifting their perspective on the term “crossover.”