Born: February 18, 1951 Primary Instrument: Piano
Walter Bland was born into a family of artists in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bland studied at Emerson College, Berklee College of Music and the Springfield Conservatory of Music in Massachusetts. While studying at Berklee College, Bland was introduced to the music of many cultures, and met musicians from around the world, which reflects in his work today. It was during his time at Emerson that Bland was introduced to Steve Hemingway, the first black writer in television history, for CBS Playhouse 90. Bland composed the music for producer Hemingway’s show “Brother love,” which was the first African American sitcom produced by African Americans in the history of television. Bland continued to work with Hemingway and wrote the music for the first black news program, fittingly called ‘Black News’ on Channel 7. Bland composed music for television commercials, dance companies and the New African Theatre.
Awards:Bland won the “Action for Children’s Television” award for his work on the PBS series “Infinity Factor” and an Ohio State award for music composed and used in the NPR special “Lola Leroy.” Bland has even composed soundtrack music for the hit HBO television series “OZ.”
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Willing to teach:
$40 for piano $50 for composition On-line classes only