The Fabric of Life-long Community Music Making

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The NAMM Foundation hosted several Community Music Making (CMM) events at The 2019 NAMM Show. Programming kicked off on January 25  with the All-industry Drum Circle, and concluded with the Community Music Making Forum, followed by and the Ukulele and Guitar Circles on Sunday, January 27.

Those who attended the Community Music Making Forum enjoyed a live musical experience from the infectious Luongo Ukulele Ensemble and learned how to engage first-time and seasoned music-makers. Mary Luehrsen, executive director of The NAMM Foundation, moderated a conversation with Peter Luongo and several members from the ensemble.

Luongo shared that the experience of learning to play the ukulele and to perform inspire both the ensemble and the audiences for whom they perform. 

"Though we generally consider music lessons to be an activity for children, an increasing number of adults are embracing the opportunity to become musically literate," said Luongo. "Playing the ukulele is a vehicle for learning to make music and The Luongo Ukulele Ensemble truly hopes that our performances will inspire people of all ages to embrace music-making!"

The All-industry Drum Circle

The All-industry Drum Circle at The NAMM Show is the quintessential tradition that brings together a strong community of music makers. In collaboration with Remo, Inc., and led by facilitator Arthur Hull, the experience brought 500+ participants to the circle.

Ukulele & Guitar Circles

On Sunday, January 27, NAMM members and show attendees gathered in the Member Center of the Anaheim Convention Center to participate in the Ukulele and Guitar Circles. Attendees were given the opportunity to play Kala brand ukes and Fender guitars, learning the basics from expert facilitators Ukulenny and Glen McCarthy.

Songs included covers from artists Bruno Mars, Green Day and Wilson Pickett. Thanks to Kala, a lucky winner walked away with a free ukulele signed by Kala Brand Artist Mandy Harvey!

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