Two from Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach serve as panelists at music conference

Santa Fe Christian Schools’ band director, David Hall, and SFC student Amber Gokey were panelists at the NAMM Show, the world’s largest international music convention, held at the Anaheim Convention Center on Jan. 23-26. The NAMM Show attracts music industry leaders, recording artists, instrument manufacturers and publishers from around the world. SFC students Gregory Melconian, Parker Siu and Blain Weeks also participated in the event. More than 96,000 people registered to attend the convention.

SFC’s Hall and Gokey were panelists in a session titled “Practice Personalities for Adults” that reviewed nine practice personalities based on observations and interviews with 1,000 music students. The panel discussion provided ideas to musicians for getting the most out of their practice time.

“It was great to have so many musicians and music teachers hungry for more effective ways to practice. I was glad that Amber and I were able to help steer them in the right direction. It was gratifying to know that we are implementing those same practice skills in our band program at Santa Fe Christian Schools,” Hall said in a press release.

The panel was chaired by Thornton Cline, a Nashville songwriter, producer, performer and teacher with gold and platinum records who has had more than 150 songs recorded by famous artists. Professional drummer and recording artist Bart Robley rounded out the panel.