HAPCO Music Foundation Inc is a non-profit organization whose mission is “Building futures through music and education for deserving youths”. In 1984-85 my senior year in high school, I Joseph “Patrick” McMullen President and CEO of HAPCO Music Foundation applied to Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy. The spring of 1985 I received my acceptance letter and shortly thereafter I received my financial aid papers that stated the financial aid I was seeking was pending. So coming from a single income family, I knew I could not afford to go college without financial aid. So my mother told me to show Mr. Kenneth Tolbert, (my high school Band Director and Chairman of Board of Directors HAPCO), my financial aid letter. Mr. Tolbert’s exact words to me were, “Son you go to FAMU and if your financial aid does not come through for you, call me and I would take care of the situation.” I always think about what my Band Director meant to me. More than a teacher, he was family. Fortunately my financial aid came through, and now I am a pharmacist because of Mr. Tolbert giving me that security that I needed to go to college. Just think of how many students out there that do not have a Mr. Tolbert as a safety net. HAPCO Music Foundation realizes this and wants no student to ever wonder where his or her financial support is coming from. HAPCO Music Foundation aims to be that safety net for all deserving students. HAPCO Music Foundation was created because Joseph “Patrick” McMullen’s dream was almost not realized, so let’s not let a student lose their dream. The next student HAPCO Music Foundation helps may be our next President, develop the cure for AIDS, or our next Billionaire Entrepreneur. Thus we have HAPCO Music Foundation.
“Building futures through music, art, and education.”
The fundamental principle of our mission focuses on serving the needs of youth in arts education. Since 2001, HapCO Music Foundation, Inc. works to support educational arts programs, particularly in low-income communities. Our mission confirms our obligation to raise the awareness of music and the arts, with particular emphasis on schools and our community.
Joseph “Patrick” McMullen, Chief Executive Officer – a graduate of Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and holds a Masters Degree in Health Services Administration from Florida International University. While attending FAMU, he was a member of the Marching 100.
Sam Davis, Jr.
James Harris, Jr.
Mike Mullen, Retail Sales Manager
- Married to Renee, 29 years
- Golf Professional 10 yrs ( Errol Estate, Buck Hill Falls, Rosemont G&CC)
- Acosta Sales and Marketing 24 years, currently Southeast Retail Sales
- Manager – Natural and Organic Foods
- Winner of 2 Acosta National Sales Awards; the first Spirit of Acosta
- City of Orlando Citizenship Award for Bravery 2007
Russell T. Myers, President/ Owner Myers Pharmacy Consultants
- Graduate of Florida A & M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
- Studied Master of Business Administration at Jones International University
- Served in the United State Marine Corp 8th Tank Battalion Reserves.
Kenneth R. Tolbert – Born in Jacksonville,Fla., Kenneth Tolbert is a product of the Duval County School System and graduated from New Stanton High School in 1963. He graduated from Florida A&M University where he was a member of the Marching “100” Symphonic Band and was selected for Who’s Who in Colleges and Universities. He served as band director of Keller High School in MacClenny; Douglas Anderson High School; Mathew Gilbert High School; and assistant band director of William M. Raines; band director of Miami Central 1971-85; and Miami Norland 1986-98; Florida Memorial University; Dillard High School; and John Fitzgerald Kennedy Middle School. He was named Teacher of the Year at Miami Central five times and Miami-Dade County runner-up in 1986. Tolbert is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, American School Band Directors Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonian and the Greater Miami Community
Band. He was selected into Florida A&M University’s Gallery of Distinction, and received the Miami-Dade County Commission certificate of Achievement.
The HapCo Mentorship Program would like to appeal to any established musician and/ or teacher who would be interested in becoming mentors. The goal of the mentorship program is to provide an opportunity for the mentor and his/her student to engage in a special relationship, one that is a timehonored tradition in the arts.
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