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African American music expert to speak June 29

Student News | Monday, June 27, 2022

The Library has announced that Ted McDaniel will be the next speaker for its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Speaker Series.McDaniel will present on Understanding Black History Through Black Music: Meaning, Politics and Social Justice on Wednesday, June 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Library studio, room 111.  Register here. You may attend the event in person or virtually. 

Ted McDaniel was a professor of African American Music at The Ohio State University (OSU) for 35 years, a specialist in jazz history, jazz performance, and African American music. He was the Director of Jazz Studies and directed the OSU Jazz Ensemble from 1990-2015. His more than 300 music arrangements represent a diverse portfolio but are primarily for jazz bands, R & B groups, and marching bands. He has written music for the “Sesame Street” TV show and has served as an arranger for the OSU Marching Band since 1981, where his music has been performed at every Big 10 stadium and at major bowl games.

Additionally, he has held offices and memberships in several organizations, including the National Black Music Caucus that he cofounded in 1972 (now the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music), Center for Black Music Research, National Association for Jazz Education, Music Educators National Conference, National Council for Black Studies, Jazz Education Network, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. 


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