Richard Riley served as Secretary of Education under Bill Clinton and was a two term Governor of South Carolina. His love of music goes back to his parents and his piano lessons as a boy. While he followed the avenue of public service, his musical passion was always a deep part of his life. As Secretary of Education he ensured that music and the arts were included in the core plan for learning. He has worked long and hard to partner with advocacy groups, such as the NAMM Foundation, to ensure the highest levels of government are presented both studies and testimonies that outline the benefits of music making. For his support, he was fittingly presented the Music For Life Award at the 2012 NAMM trade show.
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