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The story of Musician & Educator Delano J. Redmond has come full circle. Delano is the product of East St. Louis Lincoln Sr. High School. An area once thriving with businesses and known for its deep entertainment roots, East St. Louis now remains a shell of its former self. With high levels of crime and limited opportunities, Delano’s work as the Band Director at East St. Louis Sr. High shines a bright light on children living in an adverse environment.
Delano’s focus on music and education has been established for over 20 years. He’s a 1994 Mid-West Grammy Band All-Star member and 1994 Illinois Music Educator Association All-State Honors Band member. His vast background includes membership & active participation in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 2000 he received his Bachelors Degree in Music from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He then followed with a Certificate in Music Education & Masters of Education Administration from University of Missouri St. Louis. Finally, Delano is completing a Masters of Music Performance in Jazz from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in May 2013.
While continuously pursuing his education, Delano has maintained his dedication to teaching the next generation of musicians by working as an educator. From 2000 till 2005 he developed the music program at Northwest Middle School. Delano successfully raised the music program to 1st place ratings at St. Louis Public School's Adjudication Festival. Delano then had a lifetime opportunity of returning home.
Since 2005, Delano J. Redmond has been the Band Director of East St. Louis Sr. High School. Walking in the footsteps of former band director and mentor Ron Carter, the East St. Louis Sr. High School Band has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” before competing in New York at the 16th annual "Essentially Ellington" competition.
With the guidance and shaping of Delano J. Redmond, the band has appeared in numerous competitions and has been re-established as a national known musical group once again.
Now transitioning to a solo artist, Delano is appearing with The Kendrick Smith Quartet. The quartet is composed of local St. Louis area musicians including former student the incomparable Kendrick Smith. Playing a range of jazz standards, the relationship of student & teacher is blended over improvisations & structured melodies.
In Delano’s own words – “The health of our heritage flows through the blood of our youth; therefore I TEACH!”