Interviewed by The NAMM Foundation’s Mary Luehrsen, the discussion with Dely centered around his journey from Wall Street to ‘The Main Stage.’
“Music education was part of my life but not necessarily on the radar going forward,” said Dely. “I really thought I was going to be a banker. Probably the vestiges of that are left over with what I'm wearing.”
Dely not only joined The NAMM Foundation for a podcast at The NAMM Show, but he also graced the stage during the Grand Rally for Music Education. As a jazz trumpeter, he fronts a very diverse and eclectic group of musicians.
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Sound Bites From the Podcast
“The importance of education, not just in private communities but in public communities, is essential.” -Jonathan Dely
“Technology has allowed us to obtain so many different sounds through keyboards, whether it's roads or strings. I love the notion of in my head pretending that we're on stage with six of us and there's a full orchestra behind us.” - Jonathan Dely
“I was in public elementary school, and third grade they said, ‘Okay, it's time to rank your instruments from favorite to least favorite.’ I went drums, saxophone, trumpet. They filled all the drum spots, they filled all the saxophone spots, and I got left with this beast, which was and still is very difficult to play, any trumpet player can attest. I linked up with this fantastic teacher who happened to be the director of the band, Phil Gray, and he just happened to play trumpet. And he was really just a mentor for me.” - Jonathan Dely
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