Pacific Conservatory student saxophone quartet performing at NAMM convention.

Conservatory Student Saxophone Quartet Performing at the NAMM Convention: Morgan Smallwood '14; Ben Whittier '14; Karl Kundmann '13; Lucas Colbert '16

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Pacific Student Saxophone Quartet Performs at Music Convention

Kevin Guico '14 - Music ManagementFeb 28, 2013

Students from University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music performed at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show January 24-27 in Anaheim, California. More than 85,000 music professionals attend the annual show from all around the world.  This year, the Pacific Saxophone Quartet, featuring Karl Kundmann '13, Ben Whittier '14, Morgan Smallwood '14, and Lucas Colbert '16 kicked off the convention with a sensational display of musical talent and professionalism.

"It was an awesome experience that I would have been unlikely to get in a larger music program at another school," said classical saxophonist Ben Whittier; "I received a lot of exposure for both myself and the university.  And, it was a lot of fun to be able to play selections from Bach to Dave Brubeck in front of so many people at one of the world's largest music conventions."  

The NAMM convention displays the newest and most successful innovations in both musical instruments, and music technology. Fifteen music Management students from the Conservatory and Business School also attended the convention, an exciting real-world experience.  The students were accompanied by the director of the Music Management program, Keith Hatschek, who presented a lecture at the convention titled "Make Money from Your Original Music" to approximately 400 attendees. The talk focused on how to develop a strategy and network of contacts to start licensing one's original compositions. The talk was later republished as a three-part series on the popular music blog, Echoes- Insight for Independent Artists.              

During the convention, Pacific students were able to explore a plethora of knowledge available at the show, receive information about relevant and upcoming music technology, pass out resumes for future jobs and internships, and attend interviews and talks given by important players in the music industry. Each evening, they mingled with other students and professionals while attending a wide range of musical performances in all genres of music.  

The NAMM show is not something to be missed and will be greatly anticipated next year.  Thanks go out to Professor Hatschek for organizing and planning the trip, and to NAMM for inviting Pacific students and faculty to attend and learn at this international conference.    

Check out part one of Professor Hatschek's Music Licensing article here.

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