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McNally Smith Attends NAMM Show in Anaheim

A delegation of four McNally Smith College of Music representatives recently attended the 2008 NAMM Show, catching up on the latest developments in music gear and making valuable industry connections.  The trade show, which is put on by the International Music Products Association and is the largest of its kind, was held in Anaheim, California from January 17th through the 20th.  McNally Smith’s Dean of Music Industries, and noted music producer, André Fischer was joined by Music Technology Division faculty members Ricardo Ehramjian, Christopher Blood, and Joe Mabbott at the NAMM Show.

Manufacturers from every aspect of the music industry gathered to show off their wares at the four-day event.  Dean Fischer connected with a number of prominent music industry friends and top company representatives, and visited the Solid State Logic, DigiDesign and JBL booths, to name just a few.  “The NAMM show gave us the opportunity to tell everyone about our great college and our participation helps us stay abreast of new cutting edge music technology,” said Fischer.

Dean Fischer and the other McNally Smith attendees were interviewed during the convention by a number of top industry-related magazines, including Mix, Pro Sound News, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Music Connection, Canadian Musician, Drum, Pro Audio Review and Recording Magazine.  Through the McNally Smith group’s outreach efforts at NAMM, faculty members were lined up to serve in the future as expert contributors for some of these influential industry magazines.  Interviews with the McNally Smith NAMM participants, as well as educational articles written by McNally Smith faculty members, are expected to appear in many of these publications in the near future.

“It was a great opportunity to share creative ideas with some of our industry’s giants and see all the latest gear,” commented Joe Mabbott.  The convention floor was huge and jammed wall to wall with every piece of musical gear imaginable.  The McNally Smith contingent took advantage of the opportunity to interface directly with manufacturers and to develop partnerships that will benefit both the school and its students.  “We made many new industry friends at NAMM, which really helps spread the word about McNally Smith,” said Ricardo Ehramjian.

It wasn’t until the plane was en route to California that the McNally Smith faculty members realized that all four are drummers.  “Four drummers with attitude is a serious crew to send anywhere,” noted Christopher Blood.

Photo 1: McNally Smith Recording Technology Instructors, Ricardo Ehramjian, Joe Mabbott, and Christopher Blood.

Photo 2: Ricardo Ehramjian, Joe Mabbott, Christopher Blood, Al Schmitt (Producer and Engineer), Elliot Scheiner (Producer and Engineer), and Peter Chaikin (from JBL).

Photo 3: Dean of Music Industries André Fischer and Frank Wells (Pro Sound News Magazine).