J.B. Floyd

Graduation Year: 
1948
J.B. Floyd (’50 M.M.), Miami, Fla. :: has completed his 30th year as professor of piano in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, with a total of 62 years of service in higher education. 
 
He says the decision that changed his life was signing up for the summer band camp at North Texas in 1944 as a 15-year-old trumpet player. It led to his discovery by Silvio Scionti as a talented pianist and his admission to North Texas, where he performed in the Symphony Orchestra, the Aces of Collegeland, the Marching Band and the College Chorus and participated in the development of the jazz program. He also toured as a soloist with the Scionti Piano Soloists and Concerto Orchestra, becoming the grand winner of the 1949 National Guild of Piano Teachers Young Artist Competition. He earned his doctorate at Indiana University and in the 1970s created a multimedia performance group, the Electric Stereopticon, that was supported by the Smithsonian Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
“Thanks to all the patient professors at North Texas who helped me overcome such limited musical knowledge and stunted development," he says. "I have tried to be that kind of mentor to my students all these 62 years.”
 
His latest CD, Another Time and Place (MutableMusic), featuring his keyboard music for Yamaha Disklavier and piano soloist, was released this summer, and he continues to perform and compose. In April, he performed a bicoastal concert with David Rosenboom, dean of the California Institute of the Arts, in which they shared Internet Midi on two Yamaha Disklaviers to perform simultaneously from California and New York.