SUU Student Wins NAMM President’s Innovation Award

Published: March 28, 2022 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 3 minutes

Justin JaramilloSouthern Utah University’s Justin Jaramillo has been awarded the National Association of Music Merchants President’s Innovation Award for his work as a student in the field of Music. SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts and Department of Music are proud of Justin and the hard work that he has put into his education.

Dr. McKay Tebbs, Director of Undergraduate Music Technology at SUU, shares, “NAMM is an organization that fosters connections between music product companies and music store owners from around the world. People come to the NAMM show to see and purchase the newest and latest items from instrument and equipment manufacturers. Showcasing companies always bring in their sponsored artists to perform at these events. I will be organizing a school trip for SUU music students to attend the NAMM show this summer. We will be driving from Cedar City to Anaheim in the hopes of seeing and hearing new things that will inspire growth and creativity.”

The overview of the award explains that the NAMM President’s Innovation Award honors college students who demonstrate excellence in the field of music. Winners have proven dedication to pursuing a career in music to include the areas of music performance, music education, media, sound engineering/audio, event technology, production, administration, management and/or marketing along with product creation and innovation.

Justin Jaramillo, a senior majoring in Saxophone Performance from West Valley City, Utah, says, “I decided to study music largely due to the enjoyment I get from it, whether it is from listening or playing. I am especially grateful for the people I have met through this passion for music. As for this award, it is certainly an honor to have received it. The NAMM show is a big deal within the music industry. I am grateful to have the opportunity to attend, and hope to make the most of it in furthering my track in having a career in music.

Dr. Tebbs goes on to say, “Going to the NAMM show can be a life changing experience for a young musician. You get to see and hear so many amazing things from the latest in music gear and technology to some of the best performers in the world. I’m very happy that Justin gets to have this experience and was chosen for this award.”

Congratulations, Justin! You are going great places in the world of music! For more information about the Department of Music at SUU, please visit 

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit

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