Superintendent Warren McDaniels Passes

Published on: May 20th, 2008


Superintendent Warren McDaniels

President, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation, 2002-2004
Chair, WWOZ Governance Board, 1995-2002

From: The President and Executive Committee of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

To: Past Presidents, Members of the Board of Directors, Advisory Council, staff and volunteers of the Foundation, and the directors, staff and volunteers of Festival Productions/AEG Live and WWOZ 90.7-FM

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you that Former New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Warren McDaniels died late Sunday, February 24, 2008. Chief, as we knew him, loved and supported the Foundation and what it stood for, and we were blessed that he presided over our Foundation during its most trying times of change and instability. We are especially grateful to Chief McDaniels for his service, for we probably would not be enjoying the fruits of progress today if not for his strong and steady leadership and his qualities of compassion, fairness and decisiveness.

A major memorial is being planned in honor of Chief McDaniels. All Board members, volunteers and staff of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Festival Productions, Inc./AEG Live, Inc. are invited to attend these activities. Herein follows the official schedule of events here in New Orleans:

Thursday, February 28, 2008
12 p.m. - 5 pm: Body lies in state at Gallier Hall
5:15 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.: Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club
6:00 pm: Memorial Service with

  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.
  • WWOZ 90.7-FM
  • New Orleans National Fire Protection Association
  • 100 Black Men of New Orleans
  • Others

Friday, February 29, 2008
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Body lies in state at Gallier Hall
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Religious Service
10:30 a.m.: Traditional Jazz Funeral Processional

New Revised Route For Funeral

The procession will proceed from St. Charles Avenue (Gallier Hall) downtown to Poydras St. to South Peters St. to Decatur St. and to Fire Department Headquarters at 317 Decatur St., where there will be a traditional final salute from fellow firefighters.

Burial will take place at the Biloxi National Cemetery with full military honors in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Music provided by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. and Festival Productions of New Orleans, Inc./AEG Live Productions, Inc.

The Fireman's Association will host a repast at Gallier Hall after the processional. We would appreciate having a cadre of volunteers who can assist us for at least a three-hour block of time as ushers, servers, and in other such essential capacities. If you are available, please call Foundation headquarters at (504) 558-6100 speak to Dashilka Davis or Marsha Boudy and make your commitment to serve.

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