International performance artists, the Masumi Trio, found each other against all odds while enrolled at the Los Angeles College of Music. Masumi, who is the trio’s lead singer is from Japan; Diego, drummer, is from Mexico; and Bruno, lead guitarist, hails from Brazil. The three musicians discuss when each had their “aha” moment, leading them to pursue music full time; the practicalities of sustaining a career in the music industry; and live performance as a way to have a conversation with strangers.
The recipient of the 2017 Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award, Greg Hooper of Powder Springs, GA, and Patrick John Hughes, who the award is named after, sat down with host Mary Luehrsen to share moving stories and anecdotes of supporting their kids’ band activities despite serious physical and, at times, overwhelming, emotional challenges.
Three band directors and three drum majors from three different states sit and chat with Host Mary Luehrsen about their journey to Music for All-Bands of America Grand Nationals Marching Band competition. The conversation expands beyond the national competition to explore what makes these music programs so successful and how having a great program is the best advocacy tool.
Indiana Arts Education Network (IAEN) founder, former NAMM Chair, and Owner of Paige’s Music Mark Goff explains how he remains “relentlessly positive” in his advocacy efforts with the Indiana State Department of Education to ensure that all children in his state reach their full potential, which includes music education as part of the school day.
While Indianapolis was transformed into a marching band city for the 2017 Grand Nationals championship, Music for All President Eric Martin talks with host Mary Luehrsen about the hard work, commitment, values, and transformative experience of preparing for the “Super Bowl” of high school marching band competitions.
Phil Madeira is a multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist, who has played alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Garth Brooks, and more. In this podcast episode, Madeira talks about his musical beginnings as a drummer in his high school marching band, his current piano-centric solo record, and playing in front of millions on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Artie Kornfeld is a legendary songwriter, producer, and music promoter, and the man behind the Woodstock Festival. In this special episode recorded at Summer NAMM, Kornfeld reflects on making all-state in his high school honor band, meeting Fats Domino in his dining room, and wanting peace to reign at Woodstock.
Towne is a Nashville-based powerhouse duo featuring Steevie Steeves, a Pennsylvania -bred, music theater geek, and Jon Decious, a Kentucky boy and former bassist for a punk-rock band. The two talents unexpectedly crossed paths at Skip Ewing’s Horse and Writer Seminar in Wyoming where they immediately connected musically. In this special episode recorded at the Summer NAMM Show they share their musical beginnings, thank their favorite music teachers, and give a powerful LIVE performance of their song, “Hang Ups,” with Decious playing a left-handed Cole Clark acoustic guitar.
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Kristian Bush talks about his career diversity, from writing and recording the theme song to "Say Yes to the Dress," to writing music for a video game monster called "Shugabush" designed in his image, to his record-breaking country music duo, Sugarland.
Country Superstar Crystal Gayle who is best known for her #1 crossover hit, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” shares insights about growing up in a musical family, the importance of her favorite music teacher, and why being honored for an American Eagle Award for making contributions to a musical life in America—at Summer NAMM—was so significant.