Instruments: Conductor, Educator
Date of Birth: June 9, 1931
Place of Birth: Montgomery, Alabama

David Delisle Black, Jr. was born June 9, 1931 in Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama in 1949. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. Degree in 1958 and a M.A. Degree in Music Education in 1963. At the University he studied with Col. Carleton K. Butler and played with the "Million Dollar Band" as drum captain.

Mr. Black served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Korea from 1955 to 1957. He began his teaching career at Baldwin and Bellingrath Junior High School Bands in 1957. This position was on a fee basis, paid by the students, because all Junior High directors could not be certified. He was also Assistant Band Director at Lanier High School in Montgomery from 1957 to 1966. Under Mr. Black's direction, the Bellingrath Junior High Band performed at Both district and state contests and rated superior and excellent from 1963 to 1966.

In 1966, Mr. Black was appointed to the position of Instrumental Music Consultant with the State Department of Education. He served in this position until 1980. During this 14 year period, Mr. Black attended Auburn University in Montgomery and completed the "AA" Certificate in Administration and Supervision. The focus of Mr. Black's work at the State level was to help instrumental music teachers through visits and workshops. Special efforts were made to help the understanding between directors and administrators. In 1975, Mr. Black was appointed State Chairman of the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education Committee.

In 1980 Dr. Frank McArthur and Mr. Black conceived the idea of starting a tape project for Phi Beta Mu which would provide college teachers an opportunity to train students for the Alabama All-State tryouts. In 1993 the tape project was begun for the Jr. High All-State tryout material.

He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Delta Kappa, and a life member of MENC.

Mr. Black was inducted into the Phi Beta MU Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1984.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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