Thank You for Another Great CMT NAMM Canadian Reception!

Friday, January 30th, 2015

All of us at Canadian Music Trade would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who attended and all the sponsors of our 2015 NAMM Canadian Reception. The event was a huge success!

It was our best attended NAMM Reception ever, and the band, Red Zeppelin featuring guest drummer Pat Stewart, were fantastic and a big hit with everyone.

Thank you to all our sponsors for helping make it happen. The sponsors included: Audio Technica, Coast Music, B&J Music, Korg Canada, Sony, Erikson Music, Yamaha Canada, TC Group Americas, SFM, Dunnett, D’Addario Canada, Amedia Cymbals USA, Ansmann Rechargables, Roland Canada, SC Media Canada, HHB Communications Canada, Sabian, Electro-Voice, Levy’s Leathers, Vicoustic, The Firby Group, Refficient, Sennheiser Canada, and JamSchool.

Also, thank you to Contact Distribution and Renkus-Heinz for supplying the PA gear for the band.


At NAMM Show, President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities to Unveil Student Achievement Research

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

On Thursday, during the opening day of the 2015 NAMM Show, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the NAMM Foundation, and several top musicians will jointly unveil research on student achievement within PCAH’s groundbreaking Turnaround Arts program. This will take place from  on 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (PST). The Turnaround Arts initiative is a PCAH program, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council, to help turn around low-performing schools, narrow the achievement gap, and increase student engagement through the arts.


NAMM Announces 15 Products Going Into TECnology Hall of Fame

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
The Electrovoice RE20, one of the 2015 inductees into the TEC

The Electrovoice RE20, one of the 2015 inductees into the TECnology Hall of Fame.

The NAMM Foundation has announced 10 historic musical and sound inventions ranging from 1947 through 2000 will be inducted to its 10th annual TECnology Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.The awards will be presented by the NAMM MUSEUM of Making Music and hosted by veteran pro-audio journalist George Petersen.

“The inductees for the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame cover an exceedingly wide range of breakthrough inventions that date back 135 years, to the very roots of audio reproduction,” says George Petersen, NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame chairman. “Interestingly, most of the products selected for this year are still in active use and are even considered classics, which says a lot about the lasting power of these innovations.”


NAMM Members Bring Music Instruments & Lessons to Anaheim School

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

NAMM in DCNAMM members are bringing music to Anaheim’s John Marshall Elementary School with a day of service on Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. The effort celebrates the Anaheim City School District’s (ACSD) re-introduction of music education programs. Assisted by the NAMM Foundation and Metro Nashville Public School’s “Music Makes Us,” ACSD re-initiated its music education program with an orchestra program in 2013. The district added three full-time music teachers in 2014 – the first music teachers in the district in 20 years. During the day of service, the NAMM Foundation will donate $5,000 and 12 guitars to bolster the district’s budding music programs.


Connect With Other NAMM Young Professionals

Friday, January 9th, 2015

From NAMM:

The NAMM Young Professionals group is looking for the best and brightest members of the industry to connect and set the stage for the future success of music products and services. Whether you’re just joining the industry or have been in it all your life, NAMM YP is here to build a community of professionals and peers who can serve as a sounding board, inspiration, friends, and more. The group is comprised of young professionals that cover the entire spectrum of the industry including retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors, service providers, salespeople, etc. By developing a stronger community of young professionals in the music industry, NAMM YP hopes to grow the industry from the ground up by giving emerging voices in the industry a chance to share their thoughts and ideas on how to make the industry more effective and vibrant in the 21st century.

NAMM YP is hosting a half-day workshop with the emerging leaders of the industry, featuring a keynote speech by Tom Bedell of Two Old Hippies, a panel discussion, breakout sessions and a social hour.


NAMM Oral History Program Spotlights Instrument Repair Technicians

Friday, January 9th, 2015

KesslerFrom the NAMM Oral History Program:

In 2015, each month we will feature a different segment of our industry represented in the Oral History Program. Band instrument repair technicians are the featured segment for January! Relying on our strong connection with NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians), we have been working to capture the pioneers, mentors or innovators within this important element of our industry. As a result, we have collected several dozen interviews with repair techs over the years, including Chuck Kessler (pictured) of Kessler & Sons Music in Las Vegas, who was interviewed last week. Thanks to the many NAPBIRT friends who have helped us grow this area within our Oral History Collection!