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  • See Photos of Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers + NAMM Members Meeting With Politicos in D.C.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:43:41

    See Photos of Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers + NAMM Members Meeting With Politicos in D.C. - He is advocating music education!

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    Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers donned a suit -and of course his trusty drummer's hat- for a trip to Washington D.C. with NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants) to advocate for music education.

    Check out the photos from Smith's trip and his personal crusade.

    Some details about the mission: In a Capitol Hill ceremony attended on March 20 by the musicians and other advocates for music education, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va), Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) and Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, were each honored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), VH1 Save the Music Foundation and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and presented with the SupportMusic Award from NAMM for their leadership of the statewide rebuild of West Virginia music education programs. The awards were presented by NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond, VH1 Save the Music Foundation chairman Tom Calderone, and the students from the Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Middle School jazz ensemble.

    The honorees were also treated to a rare joint performance by the Shepherdstown Middle School jazz ensemble and advocate-artists former NY Yankee and guitarist Bernie Williams and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who performed their spirited rendition of "St. James Infirmary," a well-known, jazz standard. They started with a trombone solo in the style of early New Orleans jazz, then moved into a more contemporary style arrangement. Singer/songwriter/musician Vanessa Carlton saluted the students and senators with remarks. The Shepherdstown ensemble is a 2012 VH1 Save The Music Foundation grant recipient.

    Smith is the real thing on that topic of music education programs, supporting groups such as Little Kids Rock, Music Drives Us and more in his personal time. With the RHCP celebrating three decades of rock, the spotlight is on the band right now, and Smith can help deflect some attention towards this important cause that is close to his heart.

    Check out the photos of Smith with NAMM members, Congressmen, and even former NY Yankee Bernie Williams, an accomplished jazz guitarist.

    Chad Smith, Senator Rockefeller and Rob Davidson from VH1


    2013 - Chad Smith joins the middle school jazz band


    NAMM Delegation meets with Rep. Fudge (OH)


    2013 - Bernie Williams, Kevin Cranley and Chad Smith Support Music Education in DC


    What can you do to help boost music education in this country?

    —Carly Costello
    03.22.13


    Photo Credit: The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)



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