Hal Leonard Senior Vice President - Sales Doug Lady has been appointed Chairman of the Music Achievement Council. Lady succeeds Rick Young of Yamaha Corporation of America who retired after ten years as the council's chairman. Lady has been on the council for seven years.
The Music Achievement Council was formed in 1983 for the express purpose of promoting instrumental music in our schools. The council consists of representatives from three music organizations - NASMD, NABIM and NAMM. It produces non-commercial materials for use by band and orchestra directors to help improve the recruiting and retention of instrumental music students. Their latest initiative is the National First Performance Day of Celebration to honor and celebrate all beginning instrumental music-makers who, as a result of their participation, will "graduate" to become a full-fledged band or orchestra musician.
Lady is an industry veteran who has worked with Hal Leonard for 26 years. He's involved in many components of Hal Leonard's business, including managing various sales channels with dealers and distributors, and overseeing the company's educational, MI, book trade, mass market and international divisions.
Lady commented, "I am honored and excited to take on the Chairman role for this important organization. Rick Young has done such an outstanding job and has been an inspirational leader for our organization. The Council thanks him for his service and I will do my best to carry on his great work."
Any music educators interested in learning more about the Music Achievement Council can visit the NAMM Foundation website for more details and links to their resources for educators.