John D'Addario, Jr. represents the eighth generation of the D'Addario
family involved in the musical instrument string business, the third
generation in the United States.
John joined the family enterprise in 1961 out of high school
working with his father while attending Nassau Community College at
night. He served in the United States Army for two years from 1965 -
1967. Returning to the business after military service, he has served
an integral part in the company's market growth, business relationships
and leadership for the past 40 years.
John served the company as President through the 1980s and 1990s
where he was instrumental in expanding the activities of the D'Addario
firm to include manufacturing and distribution of a number of other
musical products. During this time John traveled extensively to
establish D'Addario products in the export markets. Today the Company's
products are distributed in more than 100 countries around the world.
John's keen business knowledge and leadership skills helped develop the
company into what it is today.
In addition to his duties at D'Addario & Company, Inc., John has
been active in the music industry serving in a variety of positions to
help the expansion and outreach of the industry. He has served on the
Boards of The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), The Guitar
and Accessory Marketing Association (GAMA), Music Distributors of
American (MDA) and the National Association of Band Instrument
Manufacturers (NABIM). John also served as President of NABIM as well
as the American Music Conference. Currently, he serves on the Research
Advisory Board. In September 2008, John received an honorary degree from
SUNY-Potsdam's Crane School of Music.
Besides his industry involvement, he has served on the Board of the
Tilles Center for Performing Arts, Nassau Country Club, The Long Island
Mentoring Partnership, and The Midori Foundation. He is currently the
President of The D'Addario Music Foundation which grants more than
$300,000 each year to 100 music education-oriented organizations around
John and his wife, Joan, split their time between their homes in
Locust Valley, New York and Scottsdale, Arizona. They have four
children all of whom now work for the family business.