Why I chose SUNY Oneonta… After studying at a community college for two years, I made the decision to transfer to SUNY Oneonta to be a part of the Music Industry program. The program’s reputation and affiliation with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) are a perfect fit in my career goals. Coming to Oneonta has been one of the best decisions I ever made.
The NAMM Show and how I got there… The NAMM Show is one of the largest music product trade shows in the world. It is held every January in Anaheim, California. As a NAMM-affiliated institution, SUNY Oneonta has the special opportunity to send students like me to attend the show for educational and professional development opportunities. For a student, attending the conference is not cheap! Flying from the East Coast to California, booking the hotel, and registering for the events all had cost involved. Thanks to the support I received from Student Travel for Excellence Fund, I was able to have
an amazing experience at NAMM. I was able to make face-to-face connections with industry professionals from some of the world’s top music manufactures, including Fender. Why Fender is important to me… In 2009 I was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor that took away, among other things, my ability to play guitar. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Fender offered to collaborate with me and build me a custom guitar. At the NAMM Show, I was able to spend time with Mike Bump, an engineer in Research & Development, and other guys from Fender’s R&D department who worked on my guitar. I even got to take a behind-the-scenes tour of their factory in Corona, California. The entire trip was a dream come true and none of it would have been possible without the Student Travel for Excellence Fund.
What I would say to someone who supports the Student Travel for Excellence Fund… Thank you…thank you…thank you! Attending the NAMM Show has not only helped shape my career path, but also allowed me to connect with the wonderful people at Fender who kept my spirits high during a fragile time in my life. This entire experience has solidified my passion for working in the music industry and I hope more students are able to receive support like this in the future.