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Yamaha NAMM 2023 Recap

A memorable show for both products and performances.

For those who don’t know about NAMM, it’s the longest-running musical instrument trade show in the world, now going into its 122nd year. This past April, Yamaha debuted an array of new products at the show and hosted a star-studded cast of live performers. Here’s a look at what we had going on this year.

Exterior of Anaheim Convention Center with NAMM Show signage.

The Yamaha Exhibit

This is the second year that Yamaha has been at its third floor location at the Anaheim Convention Center, after previously being in the adjacent Marriott Hotel.

Empty booth in convention center.

The Yamaha exhibit at NAMM featured a central stage that hosted artist performances throughout the show, with each instrument category represented in the outer perimeter. People could walk about freely and try out different instruments while Yamaha Artists were playing on the stage.

View of busy convention center as seen from above.

Product Areas

The Winds area included standout trumpets from Yamaha, such as the new YTR Series Xeno models.

Wall panel with "Trumpets" sign and instruments hanging.

The Percussion area featured orchestral timpani that people could try out. Lots of attendees were having fun using the foot pedals to change the pitch of the drums while playing!

Display with two timpani drums in front of signage.

The Strings area featured acoustic instruments as well as electric and SILENT™ violins, violas, cellos and basses.

View of busy convention floor from above.


In addition to showcasing products, the Yamaha exhibit area also provided attendees with a great opportunity to enjoy a variety of performances from many talented artists. The new FG9 acoustic guitar, for example, was launched to the sounds of Jordan Tice and Jake Eddy trading bluegrass licks.

Two men playing guitars on stage.

Keyboardist and Yamaha Artist Dan Rouse brought the audience to their feet with an improvised jam that featured people in the audience playing various Yamaha instruments, all grooving together to create a vibe.

Man playing synthesizer.
@yamahamusicusa What happens when you have a crowd of musicians and a room full of instruments? @Dan #YamahaMusic #YamahaArtist #DanRouse #jambandmusic ♬ original sound – Yamaha Music

Yamaha Artist Grace Kelly was rocking on her Yamaha saxophone, getting the people on their feet.

Woman playing a saxophone on stage.

Yamaha Artist Dr. P. Blake Cooper played a fun and inspiring set on tuba.

Man playing tuba.

And legendary keyboardist Greg Phillinganes — one of the latest additions to the roster of Yamaha Artists — had the show floor packed for his band’s performance.

On stage performance at convention.

Yamaha product specialist Craig Knudsen demoed the new CVP-909 Clavinova digital piano.

And Yamaha Japan’s own CEO Tak Nakata strummed the new FG9.

Man playing guitar.

Last but not least, the band Lawrence closed out the show on the Grand Plaza stage with a standout set of pure positive energy.

Live concert shot.

Here’s a quick video recap of Yamaha at the 2023 NAMM show:

Hope to see you there next year, Jan 24 – 28, 2024, at the Anaheim Convention Center!

Construction worker in foreground with his back to camera looking towards convention center.


Special thanks to the crews, setup staff and other unsung heroes that help make Yamaha and NAMM happen every year.

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