The Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has elected THOMAS L. BECKMEN as chair. He succeeds Jay Rasulo. Beckmen served on the LA Phil Board of Directors from 2003 to 2011 and from 2015 until the present, and currently serves on the governance and campaign committees. He also chairs the Youth Orchestra LA Center Task Force. Beckmen’s career began in 1958 when he opened a music store with his band director while still in college. He traveled the country for a decade as a salesman for C. Bruno and Sons, a musical instrument importer and distributor. He founded Beckmen Musical Instruments in 1972 in California, and two years later changed the name to Roland Corp. U.S. to focus on the distribution and development of Roland and Boss projects. Beckmen sold Roland U.S. to its parent company, Roland Japan, and in 1994 he established Beckmen Vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley. Beckmen has served on the USC Thornton School of Music’s Board of Councilors and on the boards of the Colburn School and the Music Center of Los Angeles. He studied trombone at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Posted October 10, 2019