Respect for An Unsung Hero of Jazz: Jimmie Lunceford

In 1927, a young athletic director and English teacher at Manassas High School volunteered to teach music to interested students in addition to his regular duties, thus becoming the city's first public high school band director. The teacher, a Mississippi native, had studied several instruments in Denver with the father of the great Paul Whiteman. Perhaps this inspired him to think big for his kids, whom he dubbed the "Chickasaw Syncopators". Or perhaps his students were already...

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