NAMM is over, but I wanted to point out one final resource that I think everyone should check out: The NAMM Oral History Project.

The NAMM Oral History is, im my opinion, a hidden gem of the internet and in April 2010 celebrated its 10th anniversary. Many great stories have been captured, industry leaders have been recognized and we may have successfully created a format to preserve the history of our industry. There are hundreds of percussion videos available on the site.

Some of my favorite videos are:

Gary Burton

Vic Firth

Fred Gretsch

Neil Grover

John Beck

Remo Belli

Brian Blade

The only problem with this archive is that it is a closed system. You can not embed these videos. These videos have been around for 10 years and this is the first time I have heard of this archive. I only hope that NAMM sees the importance of these videos and allows them to be embedded.

What do you think of this archive? Were you aware of this archive? Leave your comments below.

Originally posted on on January 18, 2011 by Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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