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Wade Baker OCC's New Director of Bands

Wade Baker PhotoOlney Central College is exited to welcome Wade Baker as its new Director of Bands.

The critically acclaimed Baker is an internationally touring jazz and blues musician, who has collaborated with some of the genre’s greatest masters. He will lead the OCC Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Pep Band along with teaching transfer-level music courses and private lessons.

“I am so incredibly excited to be at OCC,” Baker said. “The students and faculty are first rate and such a pleasure to be around. I cannot wait to hopefully add to the already stellar environment we have in the halls of OCC and the community of Olney.”

Baker earned a bachelor’s of science degree with a concentration in jazz studies from the University of Indianapolis and holds a master’s of music degree in jazz studies from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Baker frequently performs on bass, drums, guitar, trumpet and flugelhorn along side such notable ensembles as the Big Joe Duskin Jazz Orchestra, Bokeh Big Band, On the One, Desperado Country Band and the River Brass. During his career, he has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists including Snoop Dogg, Bootsy Collins, Jeremy Pelt, Pinetop Perkins, Marvin Stamm, Winard Harper, Leroy Parnell, Liz Mandeville, Gary Clark Jr. and Marshall Jones.

As a leader, Baker has recorded four albums with his jazz group and two albums with his guitar driven blues and rock band. He was voted a finalist for musician of the year, three consecutive years by Cincy Groove Magazine. Baker also has served as an adjunct instructor at Vincennes University.

Born in Robinson and raised in Jasper, Ind., Baker maintains close ties to Southeastern Illinois, and still has family living in the area. His father is a Lincoln Trail College alumnus.

Baker, who resides in Vincennes, Ind., was a guest artist for this year’s OCC Jazz Festival.      

He also will serve this year as LTC’s Director of Bands.

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