University Bands Collection

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Detailed Description

Instruments

Photographs

Uniforms

Ephemera

Music

Pressbooks

University of Illinois Band Films and Audiovisual Recordings

Bound Concert Programs

University of Illinois Band Videocassettes

Administrative Records

Direct Cut Discs



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Finding Aid for University Bands Collection, circa 1840-2021 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

By Tracy Parish, Adriana Cuervo, Kelly A. Carlson, and William Fisher

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Collection Overview

Title: University Bands Collection, circa 1840-2021Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/93

Primary Creator: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. University Bands

Extent: 113.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Arranged by type of material.

Date Acquired: 09/16/2004. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Band Department, Brass Instruments, Musical Instrument Collections, Musical Instrument Makers - Europe, Musical Instrument Makers - United States, Woodwind Instruments

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Includes musical instruments, band uniforms, photographs, music, newsclippings, audiovisual recordings, concert programs, and administrative records that document the University of Illinois Bands Department since its creation in 1905. The 1982 Chief Illiniwek Regalia was deaccessioned in 2009. The three boxes of administrative records include band conference and clinic programs, festival adjudications, Illinois commencement programs and band concerts, Marching Illini programs, ISYM programs, and WILL Radio broadcasts that were managed by the Assistant Directors of Bands between 1956 and 1974, including Eldon Oyen who joined the University Bands staff in 1969.

Biographical Note

The University of Illinois Military Band was established in 1870 for the purpose of providing music for functions within the military department of the Illinois Industrial University. From 1868 to 1894, the band was administered by student leaders and from 1895 to 1904 was led by various university faculty members. From 1905-1907, the band was led by Albert Austin Harding, who was an undergraduate in engineering.

In 1907, Harding was named the first director of bands, serving in this role for over forty years (1907-1948) and leading the band to a position of national prominence. Under Harding, the University of Illinois band became the first band to perform at a collegiate baseball game (1906) and a collegiate football game (1907); one of the few collegiate bands to receive a march written by John Philip Sousa (1929); and a laboratory ensemble for many of Harding's mentees, which included William D. Revelli, Frederick Fennell, Clarence Sawhill, Ray Dvorak, and Glen Cliffe Bainum. In 1929, Harding became one of the founding members of the American Bandmasters Association.

In 1932, upon the death of John Philip Sousa, Sousa left his vast library of sheet music and original manuscripts in the care of the University of Illinois Band. In 1955, the Band Department had grown so large that they required a new building to be constructed. In 1958 the Harding Band Building was completed, becoming the first permanent building specifically constructed for a collegiate band program in the country.

Subsequent directors of the Band Department include: Mark H. Hindsley (1948-1970), Harry Begian (1970-1984), James F. Keene (1985-2008), Abel Saldivar Ramirez (2008-2009), Robert Rumbelow (2009-2014), Linda Moorhouse (2014-2015), Stephen Peterson (2015-2022), and Kevin Geraldi (2022- ). The University Band Department also saw the rise of several important assistant directors and directors of the Marching Illini, including: Ray Dvorak, Glen Cliffe Bainum, Clarence Sawhill, Everett Kisinger, Guy Duker, Eldon Oyen, Harvey Herman, Gary E. Smith, Ken Steinsultz, Peter Griffin, Tom Cavena, Roby George, Barry Houser, Jesse Leyva, Elizabeth Peterson, and Kimberly Fleming.

The Band Department is currently a unit of the University of Illinois School of Music, which is in turn a unit of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Ensembles under the administration of the Band Department include the UI Wind Symphony, two symphonic bands, three concert bands, a British Brass Band, Clarinet Choir, the UI Basketball Band, the Orange & Blues and the Marching Illini.

Subject/Index Terms

Band Department
Brass Instruments
Musical Instrument Collections
Musical Instrument Makers - Europe
Musical Instrument Makers - United States
Woodwind Instruments


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Instruments],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[Series 3: Uniforms],
[Series 4: Ephemera, 1912-2000],
[Series 5: Music],
[Series 6: Pressbooks],
[Series 7: University of Illinois Band Films and Audiovisual Recordings, 1932-2004],
[Series 8: Bound Concert Programs, 1906-1985],
[Series 9: University of Illinois Band Videocassettes, 1979-1999],
[Series 10: Administrative Records, 1956-1974],
[Series 11: Direct Cut Discs, 1937-1956],
[All]

Series 3: UniformsAdd to your cart.
Textile Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Navy Blue Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.037.
Oversize Textile Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: University of Illinois Bands Drum Major JacketAdd to your cart.

Maker: DeMoulin Brothers

Orange women's jacket with reversible placket and white and navy trim.

2011.120993.135A-B

Item 2: University of Illinois Bands Drum Major ShortsAdd to your cart.

Maker: DeMoulin Brothers

Ivory women's shorts with navy trim.

2011.120993.133

Item 3: University of Illinois Bands ShortsAdd to your cart.

Maker: The Band Man's Company

Ivory women's shorts with navy and orange trim.

2011.120993.134

Oversize Textile Box 15Add to your cart.
Item 1: UI Bands Drum Major BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.007.
Item 2: UI Bands Drum MajorAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Marching Illini BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.009.
Item 4: Navy Blue UI Bands BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.010.
Item 5: Navy Blue UI Bands BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.011.
Oversize Textile Box 16Add to your cart.
Item 1: Chief Regalia Tunic, 1930Add to your cart.
Materials:Buck Skin/Beads/Felt. Accession No. 2007.120993.047A.
Item 2: Chief Regalia Pants, 1930Add to your cart.
Materials:Buck Skin/Bead Work. Accession No. 2007.120993.047B.
Item 3: Chief Regalia Chest Plate, 1930Add to your cart.
Materials:Bone/Leather/Bead Work. Accession No. 2007.120993.047C.
Item 4: Chief Regalia Sash, 1930Add to your cart.
Materials:Leather/Fur/Bead Work. Accession No. 2007.120993.047D.
Item 5: Chief Regalia Sash, 1930Add to your cart.
Materials:Leather/Fur/Bead Work. Accession No. 2007.120993.047E.
Item 6: Chief Regalia Moccasins, 1930Add to your cart.
Materials:Leather/Bead Work. Accession No. 2007.120993.047F.
Item 7: Chief Regalia Hair Sample, 1930Add to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.047G.
Oversize Textile Box 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: UI Band OvercoatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.018.
Oversize Textile Box 18Add to your cart.
Item 1: UI Band BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.019.
Oversize Textile Box 19Add to your cart.
Item 1: Marching Illini Uniform Blazer, Ca. 1957-1967Add to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.013A.
Item 2: Marching Illini Uniform Pants, Ca. 1957-1967Add to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.013B.
Oversize Textile Box 20Add to your cart.
Item 1: University of Illinois Bands BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.014.
Oversize Textile Box 21Add to your cart.
Item 1: Navy University of Illinois Bands Blazer, Ca. 1937-1947Add to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.015A.
Item 2: Navy University of Illinois Bands Pants, Ca. 1937-1947Add to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.015B.
Oversize Textile Box 22Add to your cart.
Item 1: Black Univeristy of Illinois Bands OvercoatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.016.
Oversize Textile Box 23Add to your cart.
Item 1: Blue University of Illinois Bands OvercoatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.017.
Oversize Textile Box 24Add to your cart.
Item 1: University of Illinois Band Uniform PantsAdd to your cart.
Henry Urban written on inner tag. Accession No. 2007.120993.020.
Item 2: University of Illinois Band Uniform PantsAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.006.
Item 3: University of Illinois Calf Length Uniform PantsAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.005.
Item 4Add to your cart.
Oversize Textile Box 25Add to your cart.
Item 1: University of Illinois Band Uniform PantsAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.021.
Oversize Textile Box 26Add to your cart.
Item 1: University of Illinois Bands BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.003.
Oversize Textile Box 27Add to your cart.
Item 1: University of Illinois Bands BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.002.
Oversize Textile Box 28Add to your cart.
Item 1: University of Illinois Bands BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.001.
Oversize Textile Box 29Add to your cart.
Item 1: University of Illinois Bands Blazer with "Illinois" Arm BandAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.004A.
Item 2: University of Illinois Bands TieAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.004B.
Item 3: University of Illinois Bands Uniform PantsAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.004C.
Oversize Textile Box 30Add to your cart.
Item 1: Navy UI Band PantsAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.046A.
Item 2: Navy UI Band BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.046B.
Oversize Textile Box 31Add to your cart.
Item 1: Chief Regalia Head Dress, 1930Add to your cart.
Materials: Leather, Eagle Feathers, Bead Work. Accession No. 2007.120993.047H. Inside of headdress contains signatures of 24 portrayers: Lester Leutwiler (Chief I); Albert W. Borchers (II) with note: "This suit first worn Nov. 8, 1930 at Yankee Stadium, Illini vs. Army"; William A. Newton (III); Edward C. Kalb (IV); John Grable (V); Glenn P. Holthaus (VI); Idelle Stith Brooks (Princess VII); Kenneth Hanks (VII); Robert Bitzer (VIII); Robert Bischoff (IX); James A. Down (X); Bill Hug (XI); Gaylord Spotts (XII); Ron Kaiser (XIII); John Forsyth (XIV); Ben Forsyth (XV); Fred H. Cash (XVI) with note: "Last worn Sept. 30, 1967, Memorial Stadium, Illinois vs. Pittsburg"; Rick Legue (XVII); Gary Simpson (XVIII); John Bitzer (XIX); Matthew Gawne (XXI); Peter Marzek (XXII); Scott Christensen (XXIII); and William D. Forsyth (XXIV).
Oversize Textile Box 32Add to your cart.
Item 1: Orange SpatsAdd to your cart.
Name "Alfred Hoepe" written on tag inside. Accession No. 2007.120993.012.
Item 2: Orange Marching Illini BeltAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.026.
Item 3: Pair of Orange Marching Band GlovesAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.027A-B.
Item 4: Pair of White Marching Band GlovesAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.028A-B.
Item 5: Blue UI Bands Wedge HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.029.
Item 6: White Marching Band PlumeAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.035.
Oversize Textile Box 33Add to your cart.
Item 1: Frederick Fennell Marching Illini JacketAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.048.
Oversize Textile Box 34Add to your cart.
Item 1: Chief Regalia Tunic, 1968Add to your cart.
Animal Skin with Extensive Bead Work. Accession No. 2007.120993.050A.
Item 2: Chief Regalia Pants, 1968Add to your cart.
Animal Skin with Bead Work. Accession No. 2007.120993.050B.
Item 3: Chief Regalia Gloves, 1968Add to your cart.
Animal Skin with Extensive Bead Work. Accession No. 2007.120993.050C-D.
Item 4: Chief Regalia SuspendersAdd to your cart.
Blue Elastic with Metal Clips. Accession No. 2007.120993.050E.
Oversize Textile Box 35Add to your cart.
Item 1: Chief Regalia Tunic, 1982Add to your cart.
Buck Skin, Felt and Bead Work. The 1982 Fools Crow Chief Illiniwek Regalia was deaccessioned on October 2, 2009 by directive of the Chancellor's Office. Accession No. 2007.120993.051A.
Item 2: Chief Regalia Leggings, 1982Add to your cart.
Buck skin and elastic. The 1982 Fools Crow Chief Illiniwek Regalia was deaccessioned on October 2, 2009 by directive of the Chancellor's Office. Accession No. 2007.120993.051B.
Item 3: Chief Regalia Gloves, 1982Add to your cart.
Animal Skin and Bead Work. The 1982 Fools Crow Chief Illiniwek Regalia was deaccessioned on October 2, 2009 by directive of the Chancellor's Office. Accession No. 2007.120993.051C-D.
Oversize Textile Box 36Add to your cart.
Item 1: Marching Illini Uniform Overlay, undatedAdd to your cart.
White with an orange I in the center. Accession No. 2007.120993.049.
Textile Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Navy Blue Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.031.
Textile Box 2Add to your cart.
Series 1: Royal Blue Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.032.
Textile Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Black Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.033.
Textile Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Navy Blue Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.034.
Textile Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Navy Blue Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.036.
Textile Box 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Navy Blue Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.038.
Textile Box 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Black Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.039.
Textile Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Orange and Navy Blue Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.040.
Textile Box 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Navy Blue Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.041.
Textile Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: White Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.042.
Textile Box 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Black Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.043.
Textile Box 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Navy Blue Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.044.
Textile Box 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: Black Band HatAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120993.045.
Textile Box 54Add to your cart.
Item 1: Chief Regalia Glove, undatedAdd to your cart.
Materials: Leather, Bead Work
Textile Box 67Add to your cart.
Item 1: Marching Illini Hat, ca. 1980Add to your cart.
2012.120993.001
Item 2: Marching Illini Hat, ca. 1990Add to your cart.
2012.120993.002
Oversize Textile Box 43Add to your cart.
Item 1: University of Illinois Band Uniform, UndatedAdd to your cart.

Maker: Jacob Reed's Sons, Inc.: Gold Medal Uniforms

Name U.L. Phelps on tag inside pocket

2008.120993.023A-B

Item 2: University of Illinois Band Uniform, UndatedAdd to your cart.

Maker: De Moulin Bros

2008.120993.24A-B

Textile Box 68Add to your cart.
Item 1: University Bands Uniform Bib pants, 2008-2021Add to your cart.
Item 2: University Bands Uniform guantlet left, 2008-2021Add to your cart.
Item 3: University Bands Uniform gauntlet right, 2008-2021Add to your cart.
Textile Box 69Add to your cart.
Item 1: University Bands Uniform jacket, cape, sash, 2008-2021Add to your cart.
Item 2: University Bands Uniform plume for Shako hat, 2008-2021Add to your cart.
Textile Box 70Add to your cart.
Item 1: University Bands Uniform Shako hat, 2008-2021Add to your cart.
Box 76Add to your cart.
Item 1: Marching Illini Mask/Gaiter, 2020Add to your cart.
Accession No. 2023.120993.001.
Item 2: Marching Illini Mask with Elastic Straps, 2020Add to your cart.
Accession No. 2023.120993.002.
Item 3: Marching Illini Mask with Neoprene Straps, 2020Add to your cart.
Accession No. 2023.120993.003.
Box 77Add to your cart.
Item 1: Chief Regalia Chest Plate, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.001A
Item 2: Chief Regalia Chest Plate, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.001B
Item 3: Chief Regalia Necklace, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.001C
Item 4: Chief Regalia Necklace, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.001D
Item 5: Chief Regalia Necklace, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.001E
Box 78Add to your cart.
Item 1: Fighting Illini Makeup Case with Makeup, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.002A
Item 2: White Face Makeup, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.002B
Item 3: Small Red Feathers for Headdress, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.003A
Item 4: Large Red Feathers for Headdress, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.003B
Item 5: Chief Button Pin, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.004A
Item 6: Chief Button Pin, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.004B
Item 7: Chief Button Pin, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.004C
Item 8: Chief Button Pin, UndatedAdd to your cart.
2023.120993.004D

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Instruments],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[Series 3: Uniforms],
[Series 4: Ephemera, 1912-2000],
[Series 5: Music],
[Series 6: Pressbooks],
[Series 7: University of Illinois Band Films and Audiovisual Recordings, 1932-2004],
[Series 8: Bound Concert Programs, 1906-1985],
[Series 9: University of Illinois Band Videocassettes, 1979-1999],
[Series 10: Administrative Records, 1956-1974],
[Series 11: Direct Cut Discs, 1937-1956],
[All]

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