NAMM Foundation Day of Service

"And while our members come from around the globe, making a difference right here in Anaheim has special meaning to us. We’re proud to support the passionate music teachers, parents, students and administrators in the Anaheim Elementary School District who are working so hard to ensure every child has an opportunity for a well-rounded education that includes music!”-Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM

Each year The NAMM Foundation invites NAMM members to kick off The NAMM Show with an annual Day of Service that supports the Anaheim City School District’s initiative to provide every child in the district with the opportunity for a well-rounded education that includes music. By 2018, the school district hopes to have full-time general music teachers at all 24 of its campuses for TK-4th grade and instrumental teachers for grades 5 and 6. The NAMM Foundation wants them reach their goal, but we need your help.

In the months leading up to The NAMM Show, The NAMM Foundation puts out the call for motivated volunteers to give back and inspire kids early in their music-making journey. Traditionally held on the Tuesday before The NAMM Show, NAMM member volunteers can expect to roll up their sleeves and unpack and tune instruments; interact and assist children during facilitator-led sessions in classroom settings; and then pack up all of the instruments when the sessions are complete.

 “We are gearing up to return music to its rightful place in our public schools, and we thank The NAMM Foundation for its support.” Dr. Linda Wagner, ACSD’s superintendent

"Music does such great things on so many different levels.  It gives a sense of accomplishment, a sense of belonging, it creates a social infrastructure." Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.

"The ability to have music when you're a kid, it's a confidence booster. It's inspiring for kids to learn in a school environment." - Arielle Howell, Day of Service volunteer

The 2018 Day of Service

Date & Location

Tuesday, January 23
Location: Announced to registrants at a later date
Time: 7:30 am
Transportation: Round trip shuttle transportation provided to/from the school from the Hilton Anaheim
**Coffee, bagels, and fruit are provided for volunteers.

Volunteer Registration for The 2018 NAMM Foundation Day of Service

Help Grow Music Education in Anaheim – NAMM’s Music City!

The NAMM Foundation seeks motivated volunteers to give back and inspire kids early in their music-making journey. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and support music education in Anaheim public schools. The 2018 NAMM Show kicks off on Tuesday, January 23 with the fourth annual NAMM Foundation Day of Service at Orange Grove Elementary School in Anaheim, CA. NAMM member volunteers are needed to: unpack and tune instruments (guitars, ukuleles, drums); interact and assist children during facilitator-led sessions in four classroom settings; and pack and load instruments when the sessions are complete.


Registration is now open!  24 volunteers are needed to fill the following sessions (6 spots in each): Choral and movement; Ukulele; Guitar; Drum circle. Coffee, bagels, and water provided for volunteers. 

Event Timeline

7:15 am: Facilitators arrive (Guitar: Glen McCarthy; Uke: Lenny “Ukelenny” San Jose; Drum: John Fitzgerald; Choral/movement: John Jacobson)
7:30 am: Shuttle departs Hilton Anaheim
7:45 am: Volunteers check in and begin tuning guitars and ukes
8 am: Sound check complete in staging area and in all session rooms with all facilitators. All will be accompanying the kids for “Stand By Me” closing performance.
8:15 am: Instruments tuned and set up for all sessions
8:30 am: Program starts; 2nd and 4th grade choir performances & welcome remarks 
8:44 am: Drum Circle with all students/volunteers/students                                           
9:05 am: Breakout sessions, Round 1                                                                           
9:50 am: Break & Transition                                                
9:55 am: Breakout sessions, Round
10:40 am: Choral, Uke, Guitar performance of “Stand By Me” (with accompaniment from backing band made of facilitators)
10:48 am: Closing remarks                                                                                                                                                        
10:50 am: Pack up instruments                                                                                  
11:00 am: Shuttle back to Hilton Anaheim

Double Your Donation!

If you can’t join us, consider a donation to The NAMM Foundation designated to supporting music education programs in Anaheim. Be sure to check the box “I would like to make this gift in honor or in memoriam” and put “NAMM Foundation 2018 Day of Service.”  The NAMM Foundation will match every dollar donated up to $10,000!  If you can join us, you can also provide a donation that will be matched by The NAMM Foundation; children in Anaheim will be doubly blessed by your participation as a volunteer and with your generous donation!  The new music students in Anaheim thank you!


For more information on The NAMM Foundation’s annual Day of Service, please contact Claire Kreger-Boaz at

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