Music Advocacy

Peter De Luke Sr. taught music in the public school system in New York for over 25 years.  His zest for encouraging young students to make music has been a strong focus of Pete’s even after his formal teaching days were over.  In addition to his teaching career was a very impressive performance and...
Manuel Delgado is proudly following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a luthier of musical instruments. His grandfather began making classical guitars in 1928 and since that time the family has been involved with making over 40 different stringed instruments. Manuel builds several...
William Demmers has volunteered for the NAMM Foundation’s Museum of Making Music for over ten years. During that time he has provided tours as a trained docent to guests of all ages. His own background in music is fascinating. As a teenager Bill played trumpet in a traveling big band in the Mid...
 Dorothy Demmers is proud of the volunteer work she and her husband Bill have provided the NAMM Foundation’s Museum of Making Music. For over a decade she has given of her time and talents to provide tours of the museum to all ages of visitors, help run the museum store, and create and manage the...
Khristian Dentley is the baritone for the singing group Take 6.  The group was formed in 1980 and Khristian joined the group in 2011.  During their career the group has sold millions of recordings and has won countless awards including ten Grammy Awards.  The group has been active in music advocacy...
Mark Despotakis has become a well respected arts advocate and strong supporter of music education policies as Director of Market Development for Progressive Music in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.  Working closely with music educators throughout the state, Mark has been able to serve his music store by...
Chip DeStefano has served as the Director of Bands at McCracken Middle School for fifteen years now. Under his direction, the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band has received first division ratings at all district and state organization contests of the Illinois Grade School Music Association (...
Brenda Dillon has played a vital role in the development and acceptance of group piano lessons based on the concept of recreational music making. As a strong advocate of RMM, Brenda has promoted the many benefits to students and to teachers. Brought up on the piano and having studied music in...
Yohsihiro Doi joined Yamaha in 1980 and worked in retail for the company for two years before transferring to the wholesale department within the musical instrument division. Doi-san worked with the Yamaha school programs as well as with the labor union before moving to Yamaha Corporation of...
George Douglas's grandfather opened a small music shop in Canada, which his father managed following his military service during World War II. The small store chugged along over the years and served as a training ground for George as a salesman. As a teen he often stood on the show floor selling to...

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