Darryl Harris is an accomplished musician and information specialist. He has performed all over the world as a trombonist and vocalist during the past three decades. Mr. Harris, a direct product of a public school music program, began his musical training as a trombonist in Richmond, Virginia at the age of 10. He served as a member of the United States Marine Corps Band from 1986-1991, being named Marine of the Quarter in 1998 and nominated for Marine of the Year in that same year. Harris has performed with musicians such as the late Thad Jones, Randy Brecker, Kenny Garrett, and Maria Schneider. He is currently studying music at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, majoring in Jazz Performance-Trombone. Mr. Harris has also studied music at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, California State University-Bakersfield, and the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia.
Over the past seven years, Mr. Harris has been a pivotal figure in the growth and development at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the seventh largest library system in the United States. He is a member of the Main Library for The 21st Century, a committee responsible for creating a strategic plan to carry the library through the 21st Century. Harris is currently a Library Assistant in the Art and Music Department, specializing in the research and study of film, music, art, dance and theatre, while overseeing the acquisition and development of the music score collection. He is a member of the American Library Association.
In 2003, after a mission trip to Gboko, Nigeria in Africa to work with GEN-Y, an organization for underprivileged youth, Harris was determined to do something to provide children with the kinds opportunities that had been given to him. "We must do something to give back to the children, especially those that without our assistance wouldn't have the opportunity to experience the many blessings that being a performing artist have afforded us. We must plant a seed! We must give back!"