My Music Is Major Art Showcase
Sojournerís Truth staff
Jelise Roberts, a Toledo
native, member of the foundation and founder of My Music Is
Major, returned home from Columbus last weekend to organize
an art showcase at the Fort Industry Square Building in
honor of her late grandfather, the legendary musician
Charles W. McDaniel.
The arts showcase featured
talent from local student artists and a youth jazz band from
the Toledo School for the Arts.
The purpose of the
showcase was to raise funds for the Charles W. McDaniel
Scholarship Fund which is designed to help develop young
musicians with the goal of preparing them for their their
entry into the professional world.
Charles McDaniel began to
develop his musical talent at an early age playing saxophone
and piano with his father and brothers during high school.
He attended Miles College and in 1950 organized the Royal
Swanks Band. He later attended the Bach conservatory of
Music here in Toledo. He joined the local musicians union in
1958 and later became the first black secretary/treasurer of
Local 5-286 in 1999.