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Primary Creator: Medicare 7, 8 or 9 (1969-2000)
Other Creators: Perrino, Daniel J.
Extent: 20.2 cubic feet
Arrangement: Organized in seven series: Series 1, Administrative correspondence, 1972-2003; Series 2, Promotional Materials, c. 1970-1990; Series 3, Concert Planning Notes, Contracts, and Financial Records, ca. 1970-1995; Series 4, Sheet Music, ca. 1902-2009; Series 5: Band Photographs, Audio Recordings, and Visual Recordings, ca. 1960-2005, which is organized into three subseries: 1) Photographs, Slides, and Negatives 2) Audio Recordings, and 3) Film Recordings; and Series 6 Dan Perrino Faculty and Personal Papers, ca. 1977-2000. Each series arranged chronologically.
Date Acquired: 06/16/2009. More info below under Accruals.
The collection contains correspondence, business records, band member rosters and travel itineraries, press releases and newspaper clippings, original music scores and parts, reel-to-reel and cassette sound recordings, photographs, concert programs and liner notes, ephemera, and Dan Perrino's Rolodex. The records and artifacts document the band's early formation and performances between 1966 and 2000 when Dan Perrino stepped down as the band's manager and director. Of particular interest are the records documenting the band's performances at the 1982 Liberty Bowl and 1984 Rose Bowl.
The Medicare 7, 8, or 9 Dixieland Cooperative Band was formed by Dan Perrino during a period of unprecedented student unrest at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (UIUC) in 1969. Perrino, then Dean of Student Programs and Services and a former professor of music at UIUC, gathered together a group of faculty to play jazz in the student union to help ease the tensions between the campus' students and faculty. Perrino chose to have the band perform its first concert in the University's Illini Union South Lounge, a gathering place for activist-minded students, in order to provide a common music experience that the faculty and students alike could enjoy. Eventually the band was named Medicare 7, 8, or 9 as a humorous reference to the wide range of its membership's ages and the diverse number of performers that frequently played for each concert. For over thirty years the band was recognized as a beloved community institution that played for alumni and campus events, community organizations throughout Illinois, Illinois governors, and nationally-televised football games.
Acquisition Source: Dan Perrino
Acquisition Method: Gift
John O'Connor Papers, 1968-1997 - 12/05/034
Medicare Records, 1968-2001 - 48/03/004For more information please see http://www.library.illinois.edu/archives/archon/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=314&q=medicare.