Twenty of the Yamaha “40 Under 40” Class of 2022 Are NAfME Members

Yamaha 40 under 40

This past fall, NAfME Corporate member Yamaha set out to find 40 outstanding music educators under 40 who have gone above and beyond to grow, nurture, and strengthen music programs in their communities. Yamaha received HUNDREDS of nominations from students, parents, teachers, and community members from across the country. Meet this year’s 40 outstanding music educators who are making a difference!

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And among the “40 Under 40” were these members* of the National Association for Music Education:

David Amos Heritage Middle School / Harvey High School Painesville, OH
Justin Antos Dwight D. Eisenhower High School/Saint Xavier University/Trinity Christian College Chicago, IL
Cassandra Bechard University of Northwestern St. Paul St. Paul, MN
Stephen Blanco Las Vegas High School Las Vegas, NV
Robert Bryant Tennessee State University Nashville, TN
Danielle Collins Huntington Beach High School Huntington Beach, CA
Alain Goindoo Jeaga Middle School West Palm Beach, FL
Jayme Hayes Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet Middle School Wichita, KS
Amir Jones Thomas W. Harvey High School Painesville, OH
Damon Knepper Ironwood Ridge High School Oro Valley, AZ
Wesley Lowe The King’s Academy West Palm Beach, FL
Tammy Miller Omaha Conservatory of Music Omaha, NE
Bryant Montalvo Central Falls High School Central Falls, RI
Tanner Otto Sycamore Community Schools Cincinnati, OH
Joel Pohland Pierz Healy High School Pierz, MN
Alec Powell Mountain Ridge Junior High American Fork, UT
Mark Stanford Springfield High School Springfield, Delco, PA
Brandon Tambellini Blackhawk High School Beaver Falls, PA
Chris Vitale Westfield High School Westfield, NJ
Armond Walter Meadville Area Middle School / Meadville Area High School / First District Elementary Meadville, PA

* This number reflects those whose memberships were current at the time of this announcement and is subject to change.

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