Former NC State band director’s life celebrated

May 24, 2011
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Donald B. Adcock, a former NC State band director who died this month, was remembered in The News & Observer Monday for his life in music.

Adcock served as NC State’s band director for 22 years after coming to the job in 1960.

Sam Stephenson, a local writer who consulted with Adcock for a book about the preservation of jazz’s legacy, told The N & O that Adcock knew music so well that identification became second nature.

“Don knew every musician and every tune. He knew them by ear, and we needed that because the Jazz Loft Project was a detective story at core,” Stephenson said.

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