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Japan Music Execs Visit D158 Schools

Music executives from Yamaha Music Corporation will meet with District 158 band instructors Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Band instructors Anthony Camarda, , and
Nick Konwerski, Huntley High School, have been asked by the Music Achievement Council to host music executives from Yamaha Music Corporation who are visiting from Japan.

The purpose of the trip to the U.S. is to attend the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Representatives of the Music Achievement Council were asked by the visiting guests to make arrangements for them to visit a music program that is achieving high standards and is successful at recruiting and retaining students in band programs, and both the high school and middle school programs were a perfect match.

The guests will meet with Konwerski and Camarda on Tuesday, December 13 to gather information about recruitment, retention, and other aspects of the successful band programs and take the information back to Japan to assist their school programs.

The Music Achievement Council (MAC), formed in 1983, is an action-oriented nonprofit organization sponsored by the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD) and the International Music Products Association (NAMM).

MAC is made up of three representatives from NASMD, three manufacturers and suppliers of Instrumental Music Products and one representative from NAMM. The group’s purpose is to promote instrumental music participation with particular emphasis on producing materials that encourage and motivate students to join, and stay, in band and orchestra.

“I have sat on panel discussions and have been interviewed by this group in the past and am very honored to be selected as one of the teachers they will come to see,” said Camarda.

Huntley High School’s band program is run by Nick Konwerski and Marlowe Middle School’s program is run by Anthony Camarda.

Source: District 158 Press Release

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