Guest host Claire Kreger-Boaz, Senior Project Manager at The NAMM Foundation talks to Randy Barnett, recipient of the 2018 John Patrick Hughes Parent/Booster award. He is one of many parents who have gone above and beyond to support music programs that played a key role in their children’s lives. Special guests include the award’s namesake, John Patrick Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes. Recorded LIVE at The 2018 Bands of America Grand Nationals.
Guest host Claire Kreger-Boaz, Senior Project Manager at The NAMM Foundation chats with Joshua Simonds, Executive Director of the Percussive Arts Society about his first love, the piano; when he was presented with the opportunity to play the xylophone by Mrs. Clauss; and what an international service organization’s role should be in local advocacy efforts. Recorded LIVE at The 2018 Bands of America Grand Nationals.
Guest host James Stephens, Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources at Music for All talks with band directors and drum majors from American Fork High School in Utah, Camdenton High School in Missouri, and O’Fallon High School in Illinois about some of the “ingredients” required to create a successful band program. Recorded LIVE at The 2018 Bands of America Grand Nationals.
Guest host Mark Goff, owner of Paige’s Music explores, through an in-depth interview with Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All, Bands of America, how the largest Grand Nationals Marching Band competition ever in Music for All, Bands of America’s history came to be and what Music for All is doing to promote access to music education for urban communities such as Indianapolis. Recorded LIVE at The 2018 Bands of America Grand Nationals.
Guest host Marcia Neel, Senior Director of Education at Yamaha talks with Dr. Reginald McDonald, Director of Bands at Tennessee State University (TSU), Keyana Cole, TSU senior and clarinet section leader, John Hague, Director of Bands at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis and Daiquon Dupree, student leader of the drumline at Crispus Attucks about how marching band becomes family, opens doors and is the one thing no one ever regrets doing. Recorded LIVE at The 2018 Bands of America Grand Nationals.
Gator Cases CEO Crystal Morris is on a quest to grow her company; to continuously learn and innovate as a leader; and to encourage other women to become leaders in the music product industry. She does all of this through mentoring junior colleagues and by establishing the Smart Women in Music (SWIM) Fund, with NAMM Chair and President/CEO of West Music Robin Walenta and Executive Vice President of Heid Music DeDe Heid, which supports professional development opportunities for women in the music products industry. To donate to the SWIM Fund please visit nammfoundation.org/donate/smart-women-in-music.
Nashville-based drummer and percussionist Aaron "A Train" Smith played drums with Motown greats, including on The Temptations hit, "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," but his humble musical roots began at home with his mother. From being drafted during the Vietnam War to playing punk rock for the 77s to his career in Christian rock to his volunteer work with the Jazz Workshop, the "A Train" shows no sign of slowing.
Kala artist, vocalist, and America's Got Talent contestant Mandy Harvey found her voice after a devastating hearing loss that derailed her plans to become a vocal teacher. Through family encouragement and the realization that at her core, she was a musician who just happens to be deaf, Harvey relearned to play music and to sing by feeling the vibrations of the instrument along with the assistance of a visual tuner. She shares her inspirational story and performs LIVE from Summer NAMM.
NAMM Chair and President and CEO of West Music Robin Walenta and Executive Vice President and Co-owner of Heid Music DeDe Heid discuss their motivation for starting the Smart Women in Music (SWIM) Fund (with Gator Cases CEO Crystal Morris), which promotes leadership training and mentoring opportunities for women in the music products industry.To donate to the SWIM Fund please visit nammfoundation.org/donate/smart-women-in-music.
American folklore scholar and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Bill Ivey explores ideas for how to achieve meaning and purpose in life through art and music as American society moves away from work and wealth as a means to fulfillment.