Hal Leonard Corporation

Patricia Maultra was the first employee hired by Learning Unlimited by its three founders, which included Keith Mardak.  Keith went on to become Chairman of Hal Leonard Publishing and all throughout the early days, Patricia was there.  She began working for Zeb Billings in his retail store in 1960...
Larry Morton grew up in a family in St. Louis that had a strong love of music.  His parents provided piano lessons for his older sister and later Larry began learning music.  His father encouraged him to follow his dream of being involved with music.  Larry played in the marching band in high...
Toyomasa Namikawa was the founder and chairman of the board for the Japan music publisher Teine Corp., which was named after his initials. He dedicated his life to providing students and teachers with band instrument publications throughout Japan. While attending the Midwest Band Clinics in the...
Steve Rauch began his career in the music publishing business in the early 1960s. While working for several leaders in the industry, Steve developed his skills and knowledge that he would ultimately apply to his own publishing firm, CD Sheet Music, LLC, which was established in 2000 after he worked...
Charylu Roberts has edited, produced, written and or designed over 700 music publications during her career, which seems to continue at the same breakneck pace it always has. With her own music publishing company, O. Ruby Productions, Charylu is helping teachers and musicians realize their dreams...
Dan Rodowicz was encouraged at an early age to play music.  His parents arranged piano lessons, which led to trombone, which was the instrument of his beloved uncle. Dan was influenced by the music around him growing up in Philadelphia, which inspired him to play the organ.  In 1976 he won a local...
Kev Rones received his first instrument experience when a musician on his block recognized Kev’s passion and allowed him to use the Fender in his garage.   That early influence really directed him towards music, which has been his life’s passion ever since.  In fact, Kev is the Pied Piper of...
Jeff Schroedl wrote and published a guitar book in his late teens, which led to being asked to join his publisher, Hal Leonard, to be involved with future projects centered around guitar music.  Hal Leonard has been dedicated to music publishing since first being established in 1947. Along the way...
Brad Smith is the Senior Sales and Marketing Manager for Hal Leonard.  During his career as a writer and industry historian, he worked for MIX Magazine before joining the Hal Leonard team. Among his many tasks is overseeing the publication of books dedicated to the history of musical products such...
Michael Sweeney has been heavily involved in all aspects of music education over his career in the music industry.  Originally a public school band director, he’s been a full-time employee of Hal Leonard Corporation since 1982, serving as director of band publications, composer, arranger, clinician...

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