- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2014

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - Blake Gaines has been named director of bands at Mississippi Valley State University.

MVSU President Dr. William Bynum Jr. announced Gaines‘ hiring earlier this month. Gaines is scheduled to start work Feb. 3.

The 59-year-old Gaines comes to MVSU from Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he was a member of the music faculty since 1990, most recently serving as director of bands.

An accomplished jazz bassist, Gaines also performs nationally with artists such as Bob Baldwin, Buddy Williams and Will Downing.

MVSU has been without a full-time band director since Darryl Harris left in September.

A native of New Orleans, Gaines earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Jackson State University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma.

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