Peter T. Myers, President
Hollywood composer Peter Myers was born in Manchester, England into a musical family. While doing his national service in the band of the Grenadier Guards, he studied at the prestigious Royal College of Music.
Myers entered the London music profession as a trombonist, performing in various bands and theatrical productions, including "The Music Man," "Sail Away," and "Half a Sixpence." He also served as arranger on the highly successful television series "Sunday Night at the Palladium."
After arriving in Hollywood in 1964, Myers has worked with the industry's elite. Throughout his long career, both his music and his executive skills have been associated with the Academy Awards, the Emmys, Aaron Spelling, Glen Larson, Fred Silverman, Norman Jewison, Quincy Jones, Bill Conti, Doc Severinson, Della Reese, Diana Ross, Olivia Newton-John, and Natalie Cole, to name a few. His movie and tv credits can be viewed at IMDB.
Using his vast experience, Myers' goal for the Foundation is to preserve American Music through education in all viable media. "This is truly a labor of love," Myers explains, "it is time to give something back."
Leonard J. Comden, Esq., Vice President
Leonard Comden was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1945. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from UCLA in 1967. After working in the pharmaceutical industry he attended Southwestern University Law School and graduated in 1973. He worked as a Deputy Public Defender before joining with Steve Wasserman in 1976 and co-founding what became Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Esensten, LLP.
Mr. Comden handled litigation across the United States and handled cases from the Appellate Courts of California to the United States Supreme Court. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases, both criminal and civil in nature. He has handled extensive copyright, trademark and intellectual property litigation.
Mr. Comden has been named a Super Lawyer in Los Angeles Magazine eight consecutive years since 2005 and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has served two terms on the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Board of Trustees and as a Superior Court Mediator.
Mr. Comden is a nephew of famed lyricist and screenwriter Betty Comden. He has been a long term supporter of the La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla Historical Society and numerous cultural and educational organizations and has sponsored numerous events for these and other organizations. He is also involved in The Valley Group and Encino Chamber of Commerce.
He also founded and manages Tarzana Development Company, a real estate development and management company which owns and manages commercial properties in the Los Angeles area.
Mr. Comden retired from law practice in 2015 and now spends most of his time in Real Estate development and charitable organizations.
As a musician he plays several instruments including piano and clarinet and has played in several bands and maintained a keen interest in music and musical theatre.
Judith K. Eschman, Secretary Judy Eschman has worked in the real estate industry for approximately 25 years. She began her career working with a developer as their paralegal and has continued to grow in the commercial industrial sector. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in regards to negotiations and contracts. Judy currently works with an REIT company, which is well established in the industrial real estate industry. Although not as involved with the music industry as her counterparts, she is looking forward to working with PaLM in achieving its goals of growing the musical education of today's youth.
Ira G. Nepus, Treasurer Masters in Music / Jazz Studies from USC; has produced numerous Jazz Festivals around the United States and Japan; contractor for over 32 years for the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and numerous recording sessions; Music Educator, performing Master Classes around the globe for over 40 years. His invention of the Softone Mute for Brass instruments is played and used by brass players everywhere in the world, distributed exclusively by the Conn-Selmer Corporation. He is on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Jazz Society.