The Ohio State University School of Music had no formal jazz program until a 21 piece jazz orchestra led by Ladd McIntosh won the Intercollegiate Music Festival in Miami Beach, Florida in May of 1967. David Haldeman, trombonist and band business manager from 1966-67 kept clippings related to the band. Click the links below to see them.
The beginnings – Ladd and Jim Huntzinger get the Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Workshop together once again.
1966 – The Jazz Workshop expands to 2 bands – the 13 piece Band One and the 17 piece Band Two
1966 Villanova Program – Band One becomes the 21 piece Jazz Orchestra and travels to Various Collegiate Jazz Festivals including Villanova, where the band places first and earns a trip to Miami Beach in May 1967
May 1967 – The Intercollegiate Music Festival winner triumphantly returns to Columbus and gets rave reviews locally and nationally.
More Reviews help send Ladd on his career as a film orchestrator with 133 major films to his credit.
50 Years Later
On March 25, 2017, the current OSU Jazz Ensemble, led by Kris Keith, honored Ladd for founding the jazz program 50 years ago. Here is a link to the concert, starting with the presentation: