THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: PAUL YOUNGBLOOD

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the sixth in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with board member Paul Youngblood, current Vice President Roland Corporation U.S., and Boss U.S. Vice President (Japan) overseeing worldwide product development and marketing for BOSS products

Paul Youngblood with the first Boss pedal ever made

Paul Youngblood with the first Boss pedal ever made

Paul joined Roland Corporation U.S. in 1985 (starting his Roland career as a clinician) and has since served in numerous pivotal positions. He then went on to become Roland MI product manager in 1990 where he successfully launched several award-winning products, paving the way for his ascent into the upper echelons of Roland.

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Roland and Fender team up in 2012, for the “synth-equipped Fender Strat” launch: Chris Bristol (Pres. Roland US), Kaz Tanaka (Roland CEO), Larry Thomas (Fender CEO), Richard Mcdonald (Fender SVP), Paul Youngblood (Roland US SVP)

You’ll find an interesting overview of Roland history written by Mr. Youngblood HERE.

A wearer of many hats, Paul  is also a sound designer, author, composer, performer, noted authority on electronic musical instruments, author of the 1989 Hal Leonard reference publication “MIDI Guitar and Synthesis”, and is (himself) an accomplished guitarist.

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Much more recently, Paul spoke with Premier Guitar at NAMM 2014 about the Boss ME-80 Guitar Multiple Effects unit and the launch of “Boss Tone Central” (Paul appears at 5:20):

The music industry is a small world, we’re pretty sure that’s not just a hunch!  Here we find Paul pictured with with fellow Musicians Foundation board member Mike Molenda at Musicians Institute:

With Boss Loop US Finals 3rd place winner: Tony Smiley.

Contest Judges Paul and Mike with 2010 Boss Loop US Finals 3rd place winner: Tony Smiley.

Yet again, we find board members Paul and Mike talking “gear” for the KB Roland Spring Product Debut back in 2010 HERE:

 As a Roland veteran executive, Paul is an expert at fostering strategic relationships and creative partnerships within the music industry.

Jude Gold, Luke and others

Jude Gold, Luke, Bubby Lewis, Paul Michael Lloyd: Judges: Boss Loop Station US Finals at MI in 2011

NewBay Media’s Joe Perry, Joe Ferrick and John Pledger with Roland’s Paul Youngblood: 27th TEC Awards at NAMM 2012

NewBay Media’s Joe Perry, Joe Ferrick and John Pledger with Roland’s Paul Youngblood: 27th TEC Awards at NAMM 2012

 

He also knows some rock stars, of course.

2011 with Dave Navarro

2011 with Dave Navarro

Paul (and Roland) are constantly innovating and coming up with cool new products and partnerships, like this recent press release about the partnership between Roland’s V-Drums and QSC speakers.  We’re extremely honored to have Paul serve on our board,  bringing his tremendous business experience, music industry expertise, savvy and insight in support of music education!

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We’re extremely proud of our board, and their dedication in support of music education!

 

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