CMS drum teacher Daniel Gonzalez (at far left) has been selected to perform with his band at the 2023 NAMM Show, “Bringing the Future Into Focus.” The show runs from April 13–15, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Founded in 1901, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is the music, sound, and event industry’s trade association.

Daniel will perform all original music with the Philadelphia-based band – Labex Funk Project – on the show’s opening night, Wednesday, April 12, at 10:00 PM, on the Renkus-Heinz Hilton Stage. The band was recently endorsed by Gruvgear, a lifestyle brand for creative professionals, and will also perform in the Gruvgear Booth, with performances on April 13 and 14.  

Labex Funk Project includes Michel Labaki (bass guitar), Daniel Gonzalez (drums), Kinyon Linyar (vocals), Pablo Batista (piano), and Jake Brightman (guitar).   Founder Michel Labaki (aka Labex) was born and raised in Lebanon. Influenced by his mother, a pianist, he developed a longing for music, and particularly for the guitar. At the age of 20, he became one of the most prominent bass players in Lebanon.  

The band was selected to perform at the NAMM show from thousands of competing bands, based on its recordings and social media presence.  Daniel credits this opportunity to “being in (my) zone and staying committed to the work,” and he looks forward to “taking part in a stimulating and energizing event and to being around like-minded people celebrating music and life.” 

We congratulate Daniel on this amazing opportunity!