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Winter NAMM Gears Up

Organizers anticipate 65,000 attendees at Anaheim Convention Center By DMN Staff Writer
The Winter NAMM Show 2003 will be held January 16-19 at the Anaheim Convention Center, with an anticipated 65,000 attendees coming to check out new musical gear and programs aimed at NAMM's music retail membership.

The most recent exhibitor tally on the NAMM website lists 1,674 exhibitors, including such companies as Tascam, Yamaha, Mackie, M-Audio, Cakewalk and Digidesign. For the complete list of exhibitors by company, click here.

Among the highlights off the show floor will be the 2003 NAMM Concert Honoring Sir Elton John: A Benefit for Music Education, presented by Yamaha on January 17 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. In addition to Elton John, performers slated to appear include Vanessa Carlton, Ray Charles, Amy Grant, Bruce Hornsby, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Rufus Wainwright, Nikka C osta, John Mayer, Jewel, Brian McKnight, Randy Newman, Take 6 and Brian Wilson. Tickets are available to NAMM members via the associations website, The concert is only available to participants in the NAMM show and their guests and is not open to the public.

A new feature of the show this year is the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) shuttle service that will transport attendees between the Convention Center and the Anaheim Resort hotels, Disneyland, Disneys California Adventure, Downtown Disney and various restaurants and shops. ART buses run approximately every 10 minutes (during peak hours) at every stop on the system's eight routes.

Shuttle passes are available for one day for $1.60, three days for $4 or for all five days for $6. Child passes are free with the purchase of an adult pass.

The NAMM conventions are open only to NAMM members and the music products industry. For more information, go to

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