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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
School Music Programs Director
Orchestra Conductor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Meatloaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Grand Teton National Park
Favorite Quote:
Do It! Do It Right!! Do It Right Now!!!

Birthplace

Born:
3/7/1944
Birth Location:
Carbondale, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
School Music Programs Director
Orchestra Conductor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Meatloaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Grand Teton National Park
Favorite Quote:
Do It! Do It Right!! Do It Right Now!!!

Birthplace

Born:
3/7/1944
Birth Location:
Carbondale
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Biography

William Richard Hayes, musician and educator, was born March 7, 1944 in Carbondale, Illinois. His father, also William R. Hayes, worked for the Illinois Central Railroad while his mother, Eurma C. Hayes, was a noted Model Cities leader. Hayes attended Attucks Elementary School and graduated from Carbondale High School in 1962. At Southern Illinois University, he earned a B.M.E. degree in music education in 1967. There, he played bass for the Justin Singers. In 1971, he was awarded his masters of music degree from Western Illinois University.

In 1967, he taught music in Nebraska at Sandhill Public School. Married in 1969, Hayes lived and taught in Bermuda for a year. In 1971, Hayes taught at Pine Forge Academy in Pennsylvania, then at Bethlehem Community College. Teaching elementary school general music, choir, and beginning band as well as middle school band and orchestra, Hayes created curriculum and performance pieces at each level. At Traverse City, Michigan, Hayes founded the Multicultural Education Committee. Hayes worked as director of music programs for the Traverse City Area Public Schools from 1979 to 1993. He also served as conductor of the Cadillac Area Symphony from 1977 to 1993.

Now retired, Hayes founded the Ypsilanti, Michigan Youth Orchestra in 1997. Hayes is a former conductor of the River Raisin Ragtime Review as well as three-term Board of Directors member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. His teaching style has been called the “Soul Method” an eclectic, but disciplined approach to music. In 2008, The Ann Arbor News named Hayes the 2008 Ypsilanti Heritage Fellow for his commitment to young people in the Ypsilanti area.

A well-known Detroit area jazz bassist, Hayes, a divorced father of three, lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Hayes was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 18, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William Richard Hayes' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Richard Hayes lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Richard Hayes talks about his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Richard Hayes describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Richard Hayes describes his mother's personality and upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Richard Hayes describes his mother's civic contributions and parenting style
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Richard Hayes talks about his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Richard Hayes describes his father's personality and upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William Richard Hayes describes his father's personality and activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William Richard Hayes talks about his family's legacy at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - William Richard Hayes describes his father's employment with the Illinois Central Railroad
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - William Richard Hayes reflects upon his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Richard Hayes describes his earliest childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Richard Hayes describes his earliest childhood memories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Richard Hayes describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Carbondale, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Richard Hayes describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Carbondale, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Richard Hayes details his educational experiences in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Richard Hayes remembers being accused of dancing with two white girls at Carbondale Community High School in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Richard Hayes talks about receiving a scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Richard Hayes recalls his musical interests and experiences as a high school student in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William Richard Hayes talks about his changing career aspirations between high school and college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - William Richard Hayes describes his mentors from Carbondale Community High School and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Richard Hayes remembers playing bass for the Justin Singers at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Richard Hayes recalls racist incidents while traveling with the Justin Singers to play a talent show in Henderson, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Richard Hayes remembers his first encounter with racial discrimination while growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Richard Hayes reflects upon formative experiences with race
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Richard Hayes shares his perspective on Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Richard Hayes talks about his first marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Richard Hayes reflects upon his experiences living in Bermuda
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William Richard Hayes remembers his impressions of, and teaching experiences at, Pine Forge Academy in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William Richard Hayes talks about leaving Pine Forge Academy in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania and the Seventh-day Adventist church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - William Richard Hayes talks about the tokenism he witnessed at Northampton County Area Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Richard Hayes talks about relocating from Illinois to Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Richard Hayes describes the racial discrimination he experienced while teaching in Frankfort, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Richard Hayes describes his experience teaching for Traverse City Area Public Schools in Traverse City, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Richard Hayes talks about establishing the multicultural education committee for Traverse City Area Public Schools in Traverse City, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Richard Hayes describes his achievements as conductor of the Cadillac Area Symphony Orchestra
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Richard Hayes describes his musical pedagogy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Richard Hayes talks about the courses he taught in Traverse City, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William Richard Hayes describes his musical pedagogy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - William Richard Hayes remembers successful students he taught in Nebraska and Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - William Richard Hayes reflects upon his experiences as one of few African Americans in communities in which he lived and worked
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Richard Hayes describes his composition, 'Exodus, Suite Exodus' performed by the Chicago Chamber Orchestra
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Richard Hayes talks about reconnecting with his family after his first marriage ended
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Richard Hayes talks about the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Richard Hayes describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William Richard Hayes reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William Richard Hayes reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William Richard Hayes considers his contributions to the Ypsilanti school district in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - William Richard Hayes talks about his parents' reactions to his musical interests and career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - William Richard Hayes talks about his children's musical aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - William Richard Hayes shares his perspective on oral history interviews
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - William Richard Hayes describes how he would like to be remembered