Long-time Kansas Jazz Educator inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame

NAfME/KMEA member Marlin Cooper, who taught instrumental music in Kansas schools for more than 40 years, was among six inductees into the 2012 class of the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame, according to a recent article in the Wyandotte Daily News.

“An icon in Kansas City instrumental jazz, Marlin Cooper was inducted into the Kansas Music Educators Hall of Fame in Wichita last fall. After starting in…Kansas City Kansas public schools, including eight years at Coronado Junior High, Cooper spent 27 years at Kansas City Kansas Community College, where his bands competed in international jazz festivals in Montreaux, Switzerland; Banff, Canada; Mexico City, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Washington. Many of his students have excelled, (among them) the foremost jazz legend and University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Bobby Watson. Retired from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 1999, Cooper taught band in elementary schools and continues today to entertain senior citizens with a one-man saxophone show.”

Read the entire article: “Long-time educators into Education Hall of Fame Nov. 3

Nick Webb,  August 20, 2012 © National Association for Music Education