Each spring, NAMM members gather in Washington, D.C. to serve as advocates for the right of every child to learn and grow with music by visiting with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill.
The NAMM D.C. Fly-In concluded with a SupportMusic Coalition, “LIVE from Washington, D.C.” webcast on Thursday morning. NAMM members who participated on the call reflected on their week on the Hill, and on NAMM’s Day of Service.
“When we get to tell [Members of Congress] about [Best Communities for Music Education] schools or districts that are in their communities at home…their eyes light up. They really become proud,” shared Tristann Rieck, owner of Brass Bell Music. “That is always a highlight during our visits.”
NAMM’s Day of Service, which kicks off the NAMM D.C. Fly-In each year, was held at the Kennedy Center. Volunteers assisted 14 ensembles on the first day of the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Music Festival.
“All the kids who participated in this DCPS festival were from D.C. Public Schools. There were a total of 80 ensembles and 3,000 students that performed at the Kennedy Center,” said Chris Syllaba, president/CEO of Jordan Kitt’s Music. “Between our volunteer help, the Kennedy Center help, and the D.C. Public Schools organizing this entire thing, I think it was an incredible festival.”
A Day of Service toolkit was also presented to NAMM members during the NAMM D.C. Fly-In. Lee Raymond, owner of High Strung Violins & Guitars, said the resource is invaluable.
“I go to schools where parents are just baffled because their child wants to play the violin…and they aren’t always entirely supportive. If I can get a Day of Service going in [my local community], that [perspective] can change,” she said.
Missed the call? Listen here and share with your colleagues.