Music Advocacy

Alfredo Campanelli is a strong supporter of the Internet, and has used it as a tool to connect and expand his customer base.  Beginning as a retailer, Alfredo expanded to wholesaling and exporting musical products.  In recent years, he has developed musical schools to not only grow the industry but...
Don Canedy was a beloved band director and professor at Southern Illinois University before being hired by the Roger’s Drum Company in 1961. Don played drums beginning at the age of 10 and was a perfect fit for the company’s Educational Director. Just prior to his job at Roger’s, which at the time...
Jerry Carp has volunteered as a docent for the NAMM Foundation’s  Museum of Making Music and helped spread the history of the music products industry to many museum visitors since its opening in 2000. During his years surrounded by musical innovation, Jerry became very interested in the Theremin,...
Alvin Chea is the bass for the singing group Take 6.  Alvin joined the group five years after they were formed and soon became an important element in their unique sound.  During their career the group has sold millions of recordings and has won countless awards, including ten Grammy Awards.  The...
Brian Chung grew up surrounded by music and played piano at an early age. He earned an MBA and worked at ATT before returning to music. Brian wrote film scores using MIDI in the early 1980s, but injured his arm. As he wondered what he would do until his arm recovered, he applied and got a job at...
Stanley Clarke was influenced heavily by music teachers he had as a young student and felt blessed that there was a neighborhood music store that he could explore.  Stanley’s amazing career has covered many styles of music and he has witnessed the changes in acoustic and electric basses along with...
John Clayton loves music! Since the age of 16, the future Grammy winner enjoyed being able to express himself with his music. He studied with Ray Brown before becoming the bassist for Henry Mancini while he was still a teenager. He toured with the Monty Alexander Trio and the Count Basie Orchestra...
Leo Coco is a senior policy advisor at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in the firm’s Washington DC office and for many years has worked with NAMM’s government relations team to advocate for access to quality music education programs.  He has played a vital role in representing music...
Jim Coffin was instantly recognized at any given trade show or industry meeting as the energetic advocate for music and music making.  Jim’s career as a music director and educator includes authoring several important method tools including the popular “Performing Percussionist.”  The book has been...
David Cole is the Director of Bands at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a graduate of Indiana State University. Here, he speaks about having a relationship with the administration and finding support for his music program even during tough economic times.

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