Daniel J. Hall
Daniel received his Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Ball State University in 1991, and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from Indiana University in Fort Wayne in 2001. While at Ball State he took percussion performance classes and developed an interest in no-traditional instruments, as wells as becoming well versed on drum set, and mallet instruments. He also studied jazz history with Frank Puzzulo, who performed with Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, the Marsalis family, and was musical director for the Buddy Rich Big band. His studies in anthropology led to winning an undergraduate grant competition, allowing him to attend the Jamaican Ethnographic Field School in 1990. In Jamaica he studied and performed various African folkloric music forms including nyabingi, kumina, pockamania, buru, calypso, and rumba. He produced two papers, one entitled “Public Opinion of Rastafarians: A History of growing Tolerance and Co-Option of a Dissident Movement,” and one on reggae music titled “Rhythm and Resistance.” His papers led him to research with Neville Garrick of Bob Marley fame, and legendary Jamiacan singer songwriter Bob Andy.
In 1992 he became a permanent member of the Chicago based world beat ensemble Roots Rock Society. An extensive repertoire of original music from the African Diaspora including reggae, afro-cuban, zouk, soca, afro-beat, compa, soukous, along with a schedule that took him around the country performing and teaching in the most diverse settings from clubs, museums, universities, elementary, middle, and high schools, prisons, to National TV appearances ABC, WGN, and PBS. In 1994 he performed at the prestigious “South by Southwest” music conference in Austin Texas. In 1995 Roots Rock Society's first independent release sold record amounts, received airplay on over 200 stations internationally, and the single “Roots Romance” went to # 7 on the Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide hot singles chart. A year later the band was awarded a record six-nominations at Martin's International Reggae and World Music Awards, winning best band and most gospel orientated. While in Chicago Daniel also performed with the Pockamania Dance Troupe, and studied with the internationally acclaimed West African Dance Company Muntu. In the past ten years he has recorded with Roots Rock Society, Michael Patterson, Tony Marino's Latin Jazz Project, Todd Harrold, as well as his own solo material with Michael Patterson, and the Jazz ensemble he created with his wife Teresa Vazquez, Experimental Music Workshop.
In Fort Wayne he has been actively involved in various educational programs since 1992 including school workshops and clinics, YMCA teen leadership camps, artist in residence programs at Memorial Park Middles School and Snider High School. In 1999 he received a grant from Carlos Santana's Milagro foundation to develop a music program at the MAYA(Multicultural Advisory on Youth Alternatives) unity center. From 2001-2004 he taught courses in sociology, jazz history, race and ethnicity, world music, art, and psychology at Richard Milburn High School.
Since January of 2005 he has been an adjunct faculty member in sociology at Ivy Tech State College in Fort Wayne where his research focus is in cultural studies, education, music, and multiculturalism. He lives in Fort Wayne with his wife Teresa, and their two daughters Asha, and Zerah. He continues to perform music and record with the unique creative music and spoken word performance group Experimental Music Workshop.
Bachelor of Science , Ball State University, May, 1991
Major: Cultural Anthropology
Minor: Music performance/Journalism
Masters of Science in Education , Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne
Major: Secondary Education
1/05-current: Ivy Tech State College
Adjunct Faculty Sociology
9/01-6/04: Richard Milburn High School
Taught courses in Psychology, Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Art,
Jazz History, and World Music
1/00-6/02: Music instructor at M.A.Y.A Unity Center
93-99: Conducted workshops in Fort Wayne Community
and East Allen County Schools
9/94-9/98: Performed and taught master classes with the
National Association of College Artist circuit in Wisconsin
1996-98: Artist in residence at Memorial Park Middle School
10/97: Performed and taught master classes at 10 Michigan
Colleges as part of the Michigan Global Consortium
7/99: Instructor at the IPFW Community Arts Academy
6/94: Conducted workshops at Y.M.C.A. teen leadership camps
1990: Produced two studies on: (1) Sociopolitical dynamics
of the Rastafarian movement (2) Traditional and contemporary
Rastafarian music and other African folkloric music forms
1990: Jamaican Ethnographic Field School
ACTIVITIES ( 1990) Won undergraduate grant competition at Ball State, ( 92-99) Conducted music performance workshops at schools, colleges and museums in Chicago and Midwest, ( 2/93) Workshop and performance at the Chicago Cultural Center, ( 2/96) Artist in residence at Snider High School, (3/94) South by Southwest Music Conference, Austin, Texas, ( 1992-1999) Toured and performed nationally with recording artist Roots Rock Society - Involved in marketing, managing and promotion of the group, (98-2001) Prepared research papers in Multicultural education at IPFW, (1999-present) Performing with own ensemble Experimental Music Workshop formed with wife Teresa Vazquez.