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.”
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.