Bob McGrath, next to Elmo and Big Bird, may be the most familiar face on Sesame Street. Without question, he is one of the leaders in the promotion of music education and in recent years has played a key role in the expansion of NAMM programs around the country with the goal of promoting music makers. In the heyday of choral music on television during the 1950s, Bob’s tenor could be heard on the Fred Waring broadcasts and on the programs of choral director icons such as Mitch Miller and Robert Shaw. After a popular solo career in Japan, Bob returned to the states and landed a job for a newly formed children’s television network, the program was called Sesame Street. Bob’s easy going manner endeared children to him and his voice was often used to introduce new material. It was Bob who first sang the now classic “Sing!” and “Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?” Bob’s devotion to music helped establish the team of NAMM and Sesame Music Works, which has focused on bringing the concept of music making to the very youngest of demographics.
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