March 12, 2008 08:00 ET

NAMM Announces "Wanna Play Music Week," May 5-9

First-Ever Week Dedicated to Music Making Begins by Joining With Canada in Celebration of "Music Monday"

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2008) - NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, today announced that May 5-9, 2008 will officially be known as "Wanna Play Music Week," a time to recognize the vital role music and music education plays in the lives of all Americans.

Kicking off "Wanna Play Music Week" on May 5, NAMM will lead U.S. musicians, music organizations and music lovers everywhere to join with the Canadian-based Coalition for Music Education in its fourth annual "Music Monday" celebration.

On "Music Monday," NAMM will invite music makers and musicians from American symphony orchestras, rock bands, jazz ensembles, school bands, hip-hop and rap artists, blues and folk artists to perform the same song together on the same day and at the same exact time to demonstrate music's importance in our lives.

The "Music Monday" song will be "Our Song," composed by Canadian singer/songwriters Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, DALA. The song (in many arrangements) can be downloaded at

"Wanna Play Music Week" is part of NAMM's nationwide "Wanna Play?" campaign dedicated to increasing awareness of the proven benefits of playing musical instruments for people of all ages. For more information, interested parties can visit

"The members of NAMM and its many partners across the country believe in the power of music and music education in our lives and our schools," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. "On the first Monday of May, the United States and Canada will create the first North American demonstration of this belief in music and we'll invite anyone who wants to play or sing along to join the celebration."

About NAMM

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

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