505th Air Force Band of the Midwest Records (Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois)

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Scrapbooks

Photographs and Negatives

Administrative Records and Sound Recordings

Baton, Drumsticks and Band Uniform



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Finding Aid for 505th Air Force Band of the Midwest Records (Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois), 1918-1993 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

By A. Akers, C. Berthold, B. Callahan, S. Garrett, E. Glasco, M. Hynes, A. Pappas, C. Pokrzywinski, K. Ramsey, J. Schmitt, E. Shores, P. Wheelhouse, R. Wolfslayer

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Collection Overview

Title: 505th Air Force Band of the Midwest Records (Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois), 1918-1993Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/146

Primary Creator: 505th Air Force Band of the Midwest (1941-1991)

Extent: 6.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized in four series: Series 1: Scrapbooks (1957-1991), Series 2: Photographs (1918-1992), Series 3: Administrative Records and Sound Recordings (1918-1991), and Series 4: Baton, Drumsticks and Band Uniform. Series 1 is organized into three subseries: Subseries 1: Historical Scrapbooks (1957-1987), Subseries 2: Concert Programs (1963-1991), and Subseries 3: Photographic Scrapbooks (1960-1991), all arranged by volume number. Series 2 is arranged by either music ensemble or subject with photographic prints listed first, followed by slides and negatives. Series 3 and 4 are arranged by type of records or subject.

Date Acquired: 12/10/2015

Subjects: Air Force Band of the Midwest (U.S.), Bands, Big bands, Chanute Air Force Base (Ill.), Chanute Field (Ill), Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993, Marching bands, Military Bands

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of scrapbooks; color and black and white photographic prints, negatives, slides and contact sheets; correspondence and administrative records; newspaper clippings; concert programs; awards; and sound recordings documenting the general operation and performances of the 505th Air Force Band's different music ensembles between 1957 and 1991, and the band's reunion concert in 1993. Of particular importance is a 1983 album featuring the unit's jazz band, The Pacesetters, performing with Dizzy Gillespie and recorded live at Wisconsin's Fond du Lac Jazz Festival (see Series 3, Box 11). In addition the records also include a copy of a newspaper article and a photographic print ca. 1918 of an early Chanute Field band which the 505th Air Force Band of the Midwest traces its origin.

Biographical Note

The 505th Air Force Band of the Midwest, a multi-faceted military band, was constituted September 24, 1941 and formally activated October 1, 1941 as the Air Force Band, Chanute Field, Illinois (later Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois). The band traces its origin to an unofficial post band founded at Chanute in 1918. It was first designated as the 5th Army Air Forces Band on August 10, 1942 and re-designated multiple times, finally becoming known as the 505th Air Force Band of the Midwest on September 26, 1947. More information on the band's designations and activation records can be found in Series 1, Box 1, Folder 1. Operating for nearly 50 years, the unit was disbanded as part of a reduction in the number of Air Force bands and ahead of the closure of Chanute Air Force Base in 1993. The 505th Air Force Band began as a 45-member unit, and was later downsized to 35 members. Large ensembles consisted of a concert/symphonic band, a ceremonial band, a marching band, as well as a big band-style jazz band, The Pacesetters (initially known as The Highknights). Several chamber music ensembles included the Lincoln Land Brass Quintet (or brass ensemble), a woodwind quintet and a clarinet quartet. The 505th also featured several different pop/rock bands throughout its history, including Horizon, Thyme, and Solo Flight. Well-known throughout the Midwest, the band in its various configurations and ensembles frequently gave concerts and participated in community festivals, parades, school assemblies, educational programs throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, also performing in Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky. The band and its ensembles produced a number of albums the most notable of which is an album featuring The Pacesetters with Dizzy Gillespie from the 1983 Wisconsin Jazz Festival in Fond du Lac. The final performance of 505th Air Force Band of the Midwest was at the Champaign County 4th of July Freedom Celebration on June 27, 1991 under the direction of Commander Allen C. Sierichs. The 505th Air Force Band of the Midwest's records were previously held by the Chanute Air Museum (1994-2015), received in 1998 following closure of the base. The records were transferred to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in December of 2015 after the museum closed.

Subject/Index Terms

Air Force Band of the Midwest (U.S.)
Bands
Big bands
Chanute Air Force Base (Ill.)
Chanute Field (Ill)
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993
Marching bands
Military Bands

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Access Restrictions: No restrictions

Acquisition Source: Chanute Air Museum

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: The historical records documenting the general operation of the Chanute Air Force Base were transferred to the Champaign County Historical Archives in May of 2015. These records include blueprints and maps, base publications, oral histories, aerial photographs of the base, subject files, photographs, scrapbooks and video recordings.  In addition some records were also transferred from the Chanute Air Museum to the National Museum of the United States Air Force located in Dayton, Ohio.


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[Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1957-1991],
[Series 2: Photographs and Negatives, 1918-1992],
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Series 3: Administrative Records and Sound Recordings, 1918-1991Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, publicity materials, programs, newsclippings, publications, awards, and lists of music that were available for use through other military and local bands' music performance libraries.  Also included in this series are sound recordings that were either produced by the 505th band or other military bands that were used by the Air Force Band of the Midwest.  In addition there are additional newsclippings documenting the early 1918 band and recordings of the base's jazz band performing with Dizzy Gillespie in 1983.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1977-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Press Kit and Publicity Materials, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Programs and Newspaper Clippings, October 25, 1918 and 1974-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Publications, 1972-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Military and Collegiate Band Sheet Music Catalogs, 1973Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 505th Air Force Band Insignia Color Print, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Awards, Certificates and Commendations, ca. 1970-1990Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) Change of Command Ceremony, Edwards Air Force Base, CA, July 8, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 2: Portage, MI Community Bandshell Dedication Concert, July 23, 1988Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Indianapolis 500 Festival, ca. 1980Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Chanute Air Force Band 1941-1991" brass nameplateAdd to your cart.
Item 3: "Chanute Air Force Band 1941-1991" brass nameplate,Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1-2: " 'Aiming High:' Chanute Air Force Base at 75 Years." The Air Force Band of the Midwest; conducted by Captain Alan Sierichs. Hixson, TN: Crystal Inc., 1991. Cassette tape.Add to your cart.
Aiming High; Blue Skies; Those Magnificent Men; Wind Beneath My Wings; Air Force Time; Florentiner March; Only You; Falling in Love with Love; Burn the Bridge; Bluegrass of Kentucky; The Battle; Everyday, I Have the Blues; Battle of the Bop Brothers; Don't Have to Try; I Dig Rock and Roll Music; Interlochen Fanfare; St. James Infirmary; Our Lives Are Changing
Item 3-4: "An Evening in December." The Air Force Band of the Midwest; conducted by Captain Alan Sierichs. Hixson, TN: Crystal Inc., 1991. Cassette tape.Add to your cart.
An Evening in December; Carol of the Bells; I Heard the Bells; With Bells On; Christmas Crackers; The Christmas Song; White Christmas; Traditions of Christmas; Thank God for Kids; The Little St. Nick; Sleigh Ride; Frosty the Snowman; Jingle Bell Rockin'; Up on a Housetop; Carol Fantasy; I'll Be Home for Christmas; Auld Lang Syne
Item 5: "Back to Back." TAC Jazz Band; Final Approach. Langley Air Force Base, VA: TAC Band, 1987. LP disc.Add to your cart.
Slaughter On 10th Avenue; My Ship; Typical, New and Tyler, Too; When the Saints Go Marching In; Cabaret; Come Fly with Me; The Nearness of You; Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So; Sugarfoot Rag (Retomped); God Bless the USA; Rocky Top
Item 6: "Comin' At Ya." Band of the Air Force Reserve Jazz Ensemble; directed by CMSgt. John J. Grove. AF-RES-CAY. [Robins Air Force Base, GA: 581st Air Force Band, c.1961.] LP disc.Add to your cart.
Groove Blues; Tee Time; Smiling Out Loud; Amanda; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most; Ridin' High; My Ship; Bye Bye Blues
Item 7: "Live! At the Wisconsin Jazz Festival with Dizzy Gillespie." Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; The Pacesetters, The Air Force Band of the Midwest. Washington, D.C.: United States Air Force, 1983. LP disc.Add to your cart.
Malaguena; A Night in Tunisia; Lover Come Back to Me; Things Ain't What They Used to Be; Round Midnight; Manteca; Things to Come
Item 8: "Live! At the Wisconsin Jazz Festival with Dizzy Gillespie." LP disc. (Copy 2)Add to your cart.
Item 9: "The United States Air Force Academy Band Presents Blue Steel [and] Wild Blue Country." Blue Steel; Wild Blue Country. Clarence, NY: Mark Custom Records, 1987. LP disc.Add to your cart.
Hip to Be Square; Freeway of Love; Love Means Forever; Be Good to Yourself; Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone; Oklahoma Borderline; Rodeo Queen; Daddy's Hands; Mountain Music; Bury Me; Blue Moon of Kentucky; 40 Hour Week
Item 10-11: "The United States Air Force Band of the Midwest: Pacesetters." Roger Pemberton, saxophone; The Pacesetters, The Air Force Band of the Midwest. Chanute AFB, IL: U.S. Air Force Band of the Midwest, 1984. LP disc.Add to your cart.
Boomerang; The Other World; Coral; Rico 3; So High; The Duke; Blues in Five; Stars and Stripes Forever
Item 12: "The United States Air Force Band of the Pacific Northwest. 'A Touch of Blue' Jazz Ensemble." McChord Air Force Base, WA: 724th Air Force Band of the Pacific Northwest, 1985. LP disc.Add to your cart.
The One in All; The Summer of 42; Time After Time; Don't Be That Way; Joy Spring; Little One; The Lady is a Tramp; Nice 'n' Easy; God Bless the U.S.A.

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[Series 3: Administrative Records and Sound Recordings, 1918-1991],
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