LaDarrel Bell


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Oral History


Acc #: 756; EXC 013

In this recording, LaDarrel Bell is interviewed by Ryan Morini, Michael Campbell, and Willie Dinish in the Marx Library at the University of South Alabama about her experiences in the Excelsior Band. The interview begins with Ms. Bell discussing growing up in Mobile’s Toulminville community, and the schools she attended throughout her life. She specifically mentions Dunbar Magnet School, and the influence of Lewis Coaxum and Carrie Mills on her development as a musician. Ms. Bell reflects on the ways that she feels teaching has made her a better musician. She also offers her reflections on girls and women in music, and on being the first woman known to become a member of Excelsior Band.

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