Dwight M. Dailey was born June 6, 1923 and passed away on March 28, 2017
at the age of 93. He grew up in Coldwater, Michigan where he was inducted
into the Coldwater H.S. Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Dwight graduated from
the University of Michigan with a BME and MM degrees in music. He felt
his calling in life was to teach and play music and was an extraordinary
teacher, clarinetist and saxophonist.
Dwight loved jazz and classical music. When he was accepted as an Assistant
Band Director in 1946 with the late Roger Finn at the University of Tulsa
he also played first clarinet in the Tulsa Philharmonic and sax with a
couple of dance bands. Dr. Revelli hired Dwight to fill the first full-time
saxophone position at The University of Michigan and he returned to Ann
Arbor where he was a frequent soloist with the Band and played first clarinet
with the Plymouth Michigan Symphony. After five years in Michigan he returned
to Tulsa as the Band Director at The University of Tulsa a position he
held for 17 years. He also played principal clarinet in the Tulsa Philharmonic,
Tulsa Ballet, and the Tulsa Opera for nearly 30 years. The late Franco
Autori chose Dwight as Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonic in the
late sixties, and he served as Resident Conductor from 1971-1974.
Dwight was a member of the University of Tulsa faculty for 37 years. He
was made a Professor of Instrumental Music in 1971 an appointed Emeritus
Professor of Music in 1991. He had a long professional career and many
very successful students. Dwight was inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters
Hall of Fame and received the prestigious award of T.U.’s Mr. Homecoming
in 1987. Shortly before he retired from T.U. he took over the Tulsa Community
Band which he led for 25 years joined by his good friend Paris York. He
volunteered at the Tulsa Zoo as a Wild Bunch member for 12 years. He and
his wife Jan loved to play tennis, bike, hike, and travel the world.
He is preceded in death by his parents Leslie and Lucena Pearl Dailey and
daughter Deborah Jean Tomlinson.
Survivors include wife Janet C. Dailey of Tulsa, granddaughter Tiffanie
Tomlinson Brinson and husband Robert, Garner NC, grandson Trent Tomlinson,
Beggs, OK, stepdaughter Linda Timmons and husband Tim, Olathe KS, stepgrandson
Jeff Timmons, Olathe, KS, step granddaughter Emily Timmons Wurtenberger
and husband Andy, Olathe, KS and many great great grandchildren. Also
brothers and sisters-in-law John and Carolyn Coffey, Okla. City, niece
Casey Coffey Vineyard, Norman, OK, Joe and Bonnie Coffey, Boulder, CO,
nephew Ben Coffey, Columbus, OH, and nephew David Coffey, Swannanoa, NC.
We wish to thank the Benedictine Sisters of Monte Cassino for all their
help with the Tulsa Community Band, Mary and Karen and their fine student
staff at the Collins Fitness Center, Interim Hospice and our wonderful
neighbors for their great help at the end of his life.
Memorial Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to:
The University of Tulsa School of Music, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104
The Tulsa Community Band thru Arts and Humanities Council
The Tulsa Symphony, 117 N. Boston Ave, Ste 201, Tulsa, OK 74103
Memorial Service will be held at Sharp Chapel at The University of Tulsa
on May 11 at 11:00 a.m.