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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Music Museum Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/1/1937
Birth Location:
Tallahassee, Florida

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Music Museum Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/1/1937
Birth Location:
Tallahassee
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Biography

Accomplished musical educator Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., was born in Tallahassee, Florida, on February 1, 1937. Floyd received his B.S. degree from Florida A&M University in 1957 before attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he received his M.M.E. degree in 1965, and his Ph.D. in 1969.

From 1957 to 1962, Floyd worked as band director for Smith-Brown High School in Arcadia, Florida; he later moved on to his alma mater, Florida A&M University, where he worked as a music instructor and the assistant director of bands until 1964 under the legendary William Foster. Between 1964 and 1978, Floyd taught as an associate professor in the Music Department at SIU, after which he became director of the Institute for Research in Black American Music for Fisk University, where he worked until 1983. After leaving Fisk, Floyd worked at Chicago's Columbia College, where he directed the Center for Black Music Research from 1983 to 1990, and from 1993 to 2002; he also served as academic dean from 1990 to 1993, and as interim vice president of academic affairs and provost from 1999 to 2001. In 2002, Floyd became director emeritus and consultant for the Center for Black Music Research.

Floyd lectured at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States; served on various committees for Southern Illinois University, Fisk University, and Columbia College; received a multitude of research grants and awards; and participated in many professional and civic organizations. Floyd wrote a variety of articles published in professional journals, and authored and edited books on musical theory and research.

Floyd and his wife, Barbara, lived in Chicago, Illinois. They raised three children: Wanda, Cecilia, and Samuel III.

Floyed passed away on July 11, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Samuel Floyd interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Samuel Floyd's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Samuel Floyd remembers his ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Samuel Floyd talks about his father's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Samuel Floyd talks about his mother's background and interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Samuel Floyd recalls growing up in Lakeland, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Samuel Floyd discusses his education and interest in studying music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Samuel Floyd talks about his musical experiences at Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Samuel Floyd discusses various musical influences during his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Samuel Floyd recalls a Harlem Renaissance philosophy in Lakeland, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Samuel Floyd describes the prestige of playing in the Florida A&M University band
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Samuel Floyd remembers the encouraging atmosphere at Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Samuel Floyd talks about his experiences as a high school band director
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Samuel Floyd discusses the Florida A&M Marching Band's grueling tour schedule
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Samuel Floyd talks about attending graduate school at Southern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Samuel Floyd discusses musical aesthetics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Samuel Floyd explains the need for an institute for black music research
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Samuel Floyd talks about relocating to Fisk University and his experience there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Samuel Floyd recalls coming to Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Samuel Floyd discusses the growth of the Center for Black Music Research
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Samuel Floyd states the Center for Black Music Research's mission
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Samuel Floyd talks about translating research findings into public performance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Samuel Floyd discusses black musicians from the nineteenth century
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Samuel Floyd remembers African American composers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Samuel Floyd talks about African American involvement in opera music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Samuel Floyd discusses the career of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Samuel Floyd details the overshadowing power of racism on black composers of the 18th century
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Samuel Floyd discusses Scott Joplin's 'Treemonisha'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Samuel Floyd remembers his research on U.S. Navy Bandmaster Alton Augustus Adams, part 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Samuel Floyd remembers his research on U.S. Navy Bandmaster Alton Augustus Adams, part 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Samuel Floyd briefly discusses his research into the first black Navy band
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Samuel Floyd recalls his involvement with the Great Lakes Naval Training Center Band reunion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Samuel Floyd shares his concerns about losing rare works of music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Samuel Floyd talks about Columbia College's Center for Black Music Research's collection
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Samuel Floyd places the moral protests over hip-hop music in a historical perspective
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Samuel Floyd discusses the effects of desegregation on the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Samuel Floyd discusses fundraising for the Center for Black Music Research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Samuel Floyd considers his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Samuel Floyd talks about his topical interests in writing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Samuel Floyd talks about the advancement in black music scholarship
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - How Samuel Floyd would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Photo - Samuel Floyd's mother Theora Floyd, 1965
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Photo - Samuel Floyd's high school graduating class, 1953
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Photo - Samuel Floyd's wife Barbara Jean at work, ca. 1966
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo - Samuel Floyd's father with the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, ca. 1940s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Photo - Samuel Floyd's father with the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, Mexico, ca. 1940s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Photo - Samuel Floyd, 1963
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Photo - Samuel Floyd with his wife, 1966
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Photo - Samuel Floyd playing a drum, ca. 1951
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Photo - Samuel Floyd, 1994-1995
  • Tape: 6 Story: 15 - Photo - Samuel Floyd's mother, not dated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 16 - Photo - Samuel Floyd's father, not dated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 17 - Photo - Samuel Floyd, 1966