The materials are arranged into a single series: Series 1: Audio-Visual Recordings. The materials are further arranged by two subseries: Sub-series 1: 10" discs and Sub-series 2: 12" discs. The materials within each sub-series are arranged alphabetically by box by the name of the performing ensemble on side A of each disc.
Karl T. Humble (1943-2009) played principal euphonium for the United States Marine Band and the National Concert Band of America in Washington, D.C. between c. 1950 and c. 1960. After retiring from the U.S. Marine Band he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and wrote extensively about brass instrument design before Parkinson's disease hampered his career as a musician, educator, and writer. Throughout his career he compiled a large collection of historical sound recordings of American and European brass bands.
Sources: Arthur Lehman, The Best Marine Band Soloists http://www.dwerden.com/eu-articles-lehman-BestSoloists.cfm
Description: The collection consists of one hundred and ninety-eight commercially produced ten- and twelve-inch 78 rpm sound recordings that document performances by significant American and British military and civilian bands between 1910 and 1952. In addition the recordings document a broad range of recording practices and publishing conventions during the infancy of the early years of commercial music recording. The collections include performances by the John Philip Sousa, Edwin Franko Goldman, and Arthur Pryor bands, the U. S. Marine Band under the direction of Lieutenant William H. Santelmann, Edison Concert Band, Victor Military Band and Brass Quartet, and the H. M. Scots Guards Band. Of particular interest is a 1925 recording of the University of Illinois Military Band, conducted by the University's first band director A. Austin Harding, performing "Hail to the Orange and Blue," "Illinois Loyalty March," "Oskee Wow Wow." In addition there are several recordings on the Boosey and Hawkes label, better known for publishing sheet music, that feature the Band of the Irish Guards and the Band of the Grenadier Guards as well early recordings of Vessella's Band and Creatore's Band.