“Weird Al” Yankovic and Canadian Brass

Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation about music education. Recorded live from The Grand Rally for Music Education at The 2016 NAMM Show, episode nine includes interviews with multi-Grammy winning artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic, with performances from internationally-acclaimed Canadian Brass.

“When you have a life in music, a life in art and creativity, the fact that you can be true to yourself in your work and in your life is really great,” said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of The NAMM Foundation.

The Grand Rally at The 2016 NAMM Show was a salute to music education and welcomed NAMM Members, music educators, college students and faculty to join together in celebration of its benefits.

“We have a chance now like we’ve kind of never had before to go forward and be ambassadors for music education, to celebrate it, to be at school-board meetings, and to participate with our state legislators and our decision makers on the states. We’ve got so much to do and so much important work to make sure that every child has a chance to learn and grow with music.” – Mary Luehrsen

“Make sure that you’re not tied into old business models and the way things used to work. You have to be open. Distribution, more than anything else I think in the industry, is the most rapidly changing thing, so you have to always be wary of what’s going to be the most efficient way to market yourself.” – “Weird Al” Yankovic

Sound bites from the podcast:

“I’ll leave you a thought that my dad shared with me many years ago…’The only true sign of success is being able to do that which makes you happy for a living. So if you’re able to make a living doing something that you’re passionate about, you’re already successful.’” – “Weird Al” Yankovic


“The way I learned how to play was just by playing alongside my dad. So I never thought of it as practice, just constantly play, play, play, perform, perform. And that’s really our theme when we talk to kids. The best way to learn is to perform.” – Chuck Daellenbach, Canadian Brass

Talking Up Music Education is a podcast produced by The NAMM Foundation about music education. Host Mary Luehrsen chats with teachers, parents, students and community leaders who share stories about what they are doing to create music learning opportunities. Please download, share and subscribe to keep up with the stories that make a difference in music education advocacy.