|Anaheim Convention Center, site of NAMM 2015|
Attendance at NAMM is limited to music products industry merchants and their guests, and I was very fortunate to receive an artist's pass for this year's show from Stone Custom Drum, LLC, a Fort Wayne, Indiana, builder of quality drums in the American tradition.
|Two of the four exhibit and meeting levels on|
the NAMM 2015 show map
Celebrity sightings are fairly common at NAMM. Many artists were scheduled to appear in exhibits for autograph and photo opps, as well as in-booth jam sessions.
|Tre Cool of Green Day talking to fans|
I was able to get close enough to shake hands with Tre Cool of Green Day in the SJC Custom Drums exhibit, and John Good of Drum Workshop just outside the DW pavilion.
But I was more interested in the gear than the celebrity sightings, and I had the opportunity to see and play the latest gear from dozens of recognized brands. Just to give you an idea of the breadth of products represented at NAMM, here is an alphabetical list of percussion-related exhibits I saw...
|Neil Peart's DW "R-40" kit|
|Replica of John Bonham's Ludwig Vistalites|
Attending NAMM should be on the bucket lists of all music gearheads. I highly recommend it...just be ready for a five-alarm headache at the end of your first full day!