From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Merrifield, Norman L.

(born: 1906  -  died: 1997) 

Norman L. Merrifield, a music teacher, was born in Louisville, KY, the son of Clarence and Henrietta Merrifield. The family moved to Indianapolis in 1913.

Norman was a graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor's and master's in music education. He was a bandmaster while enlisted in the U.S. Army and attended the Army Band School. He taught at Fisk University, at public schools in Tennessee, at Florida A&M, and at a high school in Indianapolis.

Merrifield also published spiritual arrangements and published a number of articles. Some artists influenced by Merrifield's teaching were Bobby Womack, James "J.J." Johnson, and LaVerne Newsome.

For more see "Norman L. Merrifield" in Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians, by E. Southern; and the Norman Merrifield Oral History Interview within the African American Personal Papers at the Indiana Historical Society.

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NKAA Source: Biographical dictionary of Afro-American and African musicians

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