Fred and Connie Fairchild Parkland College Band and ISYM Records and Audio Recordings

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Parkland College Band and Orchestra Records and Audio Recordings

ISYM Records and Audio Recordings

University of Illinois Summer Band Records and Audio Recordings



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Collection Overview

Title: Fred and Connie Fairchild Parkland College Band and ISYM Records and Audio Recordings, 1959-2020Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/173

Primary Creator: Parkland College Band (1969-)

Other Creators: Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM)

Extent: 1.25 cubic feet

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by type of material.

Date Acquired: 12/23/2021. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Bands, Concert Programs, Local History

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of concert programs, correspondence, course syllabi, newspaper clippings, photographs and sound recordings documenting the Parkland College Band and Illinois Summer Youth Music program between 1959 and 2020. Fred Fairchild was on the ISYM percussion faculty 1970-1997 and was Advanced Percussion Camp Headmaster 1984-1997. It also includes a newly published history of the Parkland College band, Parkland Concert Band: The First Fifty Years that was published in 2021.

Biographical Note

The Parkland College Band started forming December 8, 1969 and began rehearsals the first week of January 1970, two and half years after classes first started at the community college. Carolyn Whitney, who helped start the original band, served as its director for the first season and its first concert took place on March 3rd of that year.  An announcement placed in Champaign's News-Gazette on February 27, 1970 invited instrumentalists with at least two years of experience to join the free, non-credit, class as a community band.  The first rehearsal began with twelve musicians but after six weeks, the ensemble had doubled in size.  In 2001, the community ensemble had grown to 117 members.

The band originally rehearsed in the basement of the First Methodist Church in downtown Champaign.  However, because of the rehearsal hall's low ceiling, the band eventually moved its rehearsals to the Jefferson Life Building on Hill Street.  Beginning in 1978 the community band finally began regular rehearsals on the Parkland College campus.

Although Carolyn Whitney served as the band's first director, her music background was choral music.  When Erwin "Ernie" Hoffman, hired in 1970 as a full-time faculty member for Parkland's music department, he started as the college's choral director even though his music background was directing wind ensembles.  However, beginning in 1971, he took over directorship of the Parkland band from Whitney, who became the college's choir director, and he remained the band's director until 1996.  Since Hoffmanâ??s departure from Parkland College, the band has had eight different conductors including William Worra (1997-2001), Gregory Grove (2001-2005), Jeffrey Marshall (2005-2008), Verlin Richardson, Joseph Manfredo and Michael Allen (Fall 2008), Joseph Manfredo (2009-2011) and Lawrence Stoner (2011-2020).  Currently Matthew Dixon, a trombonist and DMA alumnus from the University of Illinois, became the Parkland Band's eighth director in 2020.

The Parkland College Band continues to serve the community by providing a creative performance outlet for amateur instrumentalists, and brings together different communities through collaborations with high school bands and other community bands around Central Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Bands
Concert Programs
Local History

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals:

Parkland College Concert Band: The First Fifty Years 1970-2020 donated by Marilyn Marshall, November 16, 2021. An addition of sound recordings of the Parkland College Community Band and Connie and Fred Fairchild's programs and ISYM sound recordings was made on July 5, 2022.

Audio cassette of the 1997 Parkland Band concert with program and explanatory note and all of Series 3 were donated by Connie Fairchild on September 7, 2023.

Acquisition Source: Connie Fairchild

Acquisition Method: Gift


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[Series 1: Parkland College Band and Orchestra Records and Audio Recordings, 1973-2020],
[Series 2: ISYM Records and Audio Recordings, 1959-2000],
[Series 3: University of Illinois Summer Band Records and Audio Recordings, 1911-2023],
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Series 2: ISYM Records and Audio Recordings, 1959-2000Add to your cart.
Printed concert programs, recital records, tape cassettes and 1 faculty ID pin belonging to Frederick Fairchild from ISYM 1989.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: ISYM Concert Programs, 1959-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 2: ISYM Recital Programs, 1970-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 3: ISYM Percussion and Advanced Percussion Camp Records, 1971-1997Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: ISYM Percussion Camp, 1983Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape. Audio recording of Percussion Camp final recital ISYM 1983. Headmaster Hugh W. Soebbing, Assisting Faculty Fred Fairchild.
Item 2: ISYM Advanced Percussion Camp, 1987Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape.
Item 3: ISYM Junior Symphonic Band II, 1987Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape.
Item 4: ISYM Senior Concert Band, 1987Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape. Audio recording of senior concert band recital 1987.
Item 5: ISYM Senior Orchestra WInd Ensemble, 1987Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape.
Item 6: ISYM Senior Symphonic Band, 1987Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape.
Item 7: ISYM Advanced Percussion Camp, 1988Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape.
Item 8: ISYM Advanced Percussion Camp, 1989Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape.
Item 9: ISYM Senior Symphonic Band A/B, 1989Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape.
Item 10: ISYM Senior Orchestra Strings/Wind Ensemble, 1989Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape. Recital audio recording. Conductors Jack Ranney and Robert Gray. July 8th, 1989.
Item 11: ISYM Advanced Percussion Camp, 1990Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape.
Item 12: ISYM Junior Symphonic/Concert Band II, 1990Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape. Concert program listed inside tape case. Conductor David W. Drillinger. July 13th, 1990.
Item 13: ISYM Senior Concert Band, 1990Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape. Concert program listed in tape case. Conductor William Jastrow. June 29th, 1990.
Item 14: ISYM Senior Orchestra/Strings, 1990Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape. Concert program listed inside tape case. Senior orchestra conductor Charles E. Bontrager. July 13th, 1990.
Item 15: ISYM Senior Symphonic Band A/B, 1990Add to your cart.
1 cassette tape. Concert program listed inside tape case. Conductor Gregg Hanson. June 23, 1990.
Item 16: ISYM Frederick Fairchild Faculty Pin, 1989Add to your cart.
1 black and white metal pin. "ISYM 1989 Frederick Fairchild Faculty." Accession number 2022.129173.01

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[Series 1: Parkland College Band and Orchestra Records and Audio Recordings, 1973-2020],
[Series 2: ISYM Records and Audio Recordings, 1959-2000],
[Series 3: University of Illinois Summer Band Records and Audio Recordings, 1911-2023],
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