John O'Connor Papers, 1968-1997
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Brief Description: Consists of correspondence, program notes, performance payrolls, engagement contracts, tour itineraries, newsclippings, publicity materials, postcards, and photographs documenting the creation of the performance ensemble, Medicare 7, 8, or 9 and the management of the music group by Daniel Perrino. Topics of particular interest include Dad's Nite Out, 1976 National Jazz Festival in Wichita, Kansas, and the 1974 Music Educators National Conference in Anaheim, California.
Held at:
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
236 Harding Band Building
1103 South 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820 6223
Phone: 217-244-93093
Fax: 217-244-8695
Email: schwrtzs [at]
Record Series Number: 12/5/34
Created by: O'Connor, John A.
Volume: 1.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 00/00/1996.
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Arrangement: Chronologically.
Biographical Note for O'Connor, John A. : John O'Connor was an Extension Assosicate Professor of Continuing Education in the Music Office, and Medicare 7, 8 or 9 cornetist (1968-1983). John O'Connor joined the University of Illinois School of Music in 1967. In November 1969 John O'Connor, with Dan Perrino, brought together a group of faculty with experience in Dixieland Jazz to perform in the south lounge of the University Illini Union building, known at the time at as the "free speech area." The effort was motivated by a desire to strengthen communications between an unrestful student body and faculty. This concert, called "Dialog in Dixieland Jazz," attracted 500 persons and Medicare 7, 8 or 9 was born. John O'Connor was a member of Medicare 7, 8 or 9 until 1983, performing across the country to spread the band's message of using music as communication. Without rehearsing, the band engaged with dialogue with audience members to the music to be played, its key and its arrangement. John O'Connor was also active with the Jimmy Dorsey Band, Barnum and Bailey Circus, Ice Capades, Orrin Tucker, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and the National Jazz Educators Association.
Subject Index
Medicare 7, 8 or 9
Music, School of
Music - United States
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: John O'Connor  Donation.
Related Materials:

48/03/004 - Medicare Records (1968-2001). University Archives, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

48/03/005 - Medicare 7, 8, or 9 Dixieland Cooperative Band Records

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