060- Legendary Motown Drummer Aaron “A Train” Smith LIVE from Summer NAMM

Nashville-based drummer and percussionist Aaron “A Train” Smith played drums with Motown greats, including on The Temptations hit, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” but his humble musical roots began at home with his mother. From being drafted during the Vietnam War to playing punk rock for the 77s to his career in Christian rock to his volunteer work with the Jazz Workshop, the “A Train” shows no sign of slowing.


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Mary Luehrsen is executive director of the NAMM Foundation, a supporting organization of NAMM that supports music research, philanthropic and public service programs. Among its activities, the Foundation is supporting a research initiative called the “Sounds of Learning” that will build a portfolio of music education research projects that will inform policy deliberations around the re-authorization the elementary and secondary education act (ESEA), the federal education legislation.