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dc.descriptionThe Great Lakes Training Center Octet toured through Mexico, Central and South American and the United States where they appeared as guest soloists with Robert Shaw. Three Maryland/District of Columbia musicians performed with the Octet: The group's leader, Morris C. Queen (organist and choir director at Mount Zion Methodist Church before joining the Navy), Thomas B. Hawkins (a graduate from Morgan State College), and Wilmer E. Ross (a graduate of Howard University and director of the Asbury Methodist Church Choir in Washington). The group also included pianist and tenor Wilbert T. "Kokomo" Wellington (who worked with Fats Waller), James E. Holmes (a student at University of Pennsylvania), William H. Haithcock (a graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta), Melvin L. Heard, (a graduate of Atlanta University) and Forrest W. Strange (graduate of Kent Law School, Nashville, Tenn.). (Photo courtesy of Morris C. Queen)en_US
dc.description.abstractFrom the "Sounds & Stories" online exhibit.en_US
dc.subjectAfrican American musicians.en_US
dc.subject.otherSounds and Storiesen_US
dc.titleGreat Lakes Training Center Octeten_US

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