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This picture was taken after a Morehouse College Glee Club Concert.  In the photo are, from left to right, Dr. Wendell P. Whalum, Head of Music and Conductor of the Morehouse Glee Club; Dr. Willis L. James, Head of Music and Conductor of the Spelman College Glee Club; Ms. Hazel Harrison (1883-1969), Ben's piano teacher, next to Ben Ward, who was the Glee Club accompanist.  Ms. Harrison came up from Montgomery, Alabama to attend this Founders Day Concert in 1964.  There is a biography titled "Born to Play, The Life and Career of Hazel Harrison" by Jean E. Cazort and Constance Tibbs Hobson, Pub. by Greenwood Press (1983).  Ben greatly respected Ms. Harrison and she had high expectations for his talent.  One of his favorite quotes of hers was "Music will get you where nothing esle will".

 -CS Brown