Proclamation

WHEREAS, David Nathaniel Baker, Jr. was born on December 21, 1931 in Indianapolis. A 1949 graduate of Crispus Attucks High School, he studied at Indiana University, receiving both his undergraduate and masters degree in music education; and
WHEREAS, returning to Indianapolis after his graduation from IU, David found a home in the city's growing jazz scene and quickly established himself as a popular trombonist. When a serious jaw injury forced him to give up the trombone, he learned to play the cello, giving him a distinctive musical voice and sparking an intense interest in composition; and
WHEREAS, David has composed more than 2,000 jazz and symphonic works, chamber music pieces and ballet and film scores and is the conductor and artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; and
WHEREAS, he holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Music and Chairman of the Jazz Department at the Jacobs School of Music and has been a crucial part of the school's ascendancy in the world of post-secondary musical education and study; and
WHEREAS, over the years, he has received many prestigious awards, including the National Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame Award, the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching from Indiana University, the Arts Midwest Jazz Masters Award, the Governor's Arts Award of the State of Indiana, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Living Jazz Legend Award, the James Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the American Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Emmy Award for his musical score for the PBS documentary For Gold and Glory. Down Beat Magazine has inducted him into its Jazz Education Hall of Fame, and has also honored him with its New Star and Lifetime Achievement Awards; and
WHEREAS, his work has garnered nominations for the Grammy Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and he has received honorary doctorates from Oberlin College, Wabash College and the New England Conservatory; and
WHEREAS, David has studied, broken bread, and rubbed elbows with a number of master teachers, performers and composers including Bob Brookmeyer, Bernard Heiden, J.J. Johnson, John Lewis, George Russell, Quincy Jones, William Russo, Gunther Schuller and Janos Starker; and
WHEREAS, he has travelled to every corner of the globe, sharing his music and inspiring new generations of jazz men and women; and
WHEREAS, it is impossible to count the number of lives David has touched, or fully comprehend the enormous contributions he has made to the world of music. After more than six decades, he continues to be a vital part of the Bloomington community. We are truly honored that he and his family have chosen to make this their home.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mark Kruzan, Mayor of Bloomington, Indiana do hereby proclaim January 21, 2012

David Baker Day

In Bloomington, Indiana

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have here
unto set my hand and caused to be affixed the
Seal of the City of Bloomington this
20th day of January.