Lateef receives Achievement Award

Yusef A. Lateef, Ed.D. 1975, received a Distinguished Achievement Award at UMass Amherst Graduate Commencement 2011. Lateef, a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer and author has a career that has “defied categories.” Lateef says that his music “comes from one’s physical, mental and spiritual self” and combines theoretical knowledge and a direct expression of life experience. He is a master of the alto and tenor saxophone, flute, oboe and bassoon as well as the bamboo flute, rehad, shehnai, shofar, arghul, sarewa and koto.