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NAMM Advocate Aaron Burch Cover Story of Playback Magazine Heading to Congress
By: Rock and Roll High
As a member of NAMM’s Advocacy Fly-In program, Burch will be heading to Washington on May 17th to talk to Congress about the lack of funding for music programs in schools. This is part of NAMM’s year round advocacy efforts for music education. N.A.M.M.'s Music Education Fly-In coincides with school budget season, when schools and districts decide where to allocate resources for the coming school year. Research continues to show that music education contributes to student’s overall success in school and life.
“We come together as NAMM members to advocate on behalf of music education. We can’t run the risk of losing music programs in schools. The NAMM FLY-IN Program gives us the opportunity to advocate to our members of Congress for policy and funding benefitting music and arts education” said Aaron Burch in Los Angeles.
Joe Lamond, President and CEO of N.A.M.M. also stated: “Public school music programs are the first and in many cases the only opportunity that kids have to play an instrument and become lifelong music makers. Lobbying to ensure that music programs receive the support they deserve directly impacts the lives of millions of children across America. In addition, N.A.M.M. members say that advocating for music education in D.C. is one of the most meaningful experiences they’ll ever have.”
Burch and Paul Janowski (designer for Fender, Gibson, Line 6, RKS and Blackbird) created The Volt, a guitar that is 40% lighter especially for children. This new music education aid is another effort on his part to make music even more accessible and easier to teach.
Aaron Burch is the founder of Rock and Roll High and creator of The Volt, one of N.A.M.M.’s 2015 top ten music innovations. He is a Pepperdine University graduate and the music director of the breakthrough band The Local Rebellion. He lives in Ventura County, California.