Robert Gray Papers, Music and Instruments


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal Papers

Original/Published Music and Sound Recordings

Historical Trombones

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Collection Overview

Title: Robert Gray Papers, Music and Instruments, 1910-2006Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/5/40

Primary Creator: Gray, Robert (1926-)

Extent: 9.0 cubic feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical

Date Acquired: 05/10/2007

Subjects: Brass Instruments, Music, Music, School of, Photographs, Summer Youth Music

Formats/Genres: Papers, Sheet music, Sound Recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of papers, photographs, music, correspondence, teaching notes, research, and music instruments documenting Gray's professional music career as a trombone professor, performer, and church music director between 1940 and 2006. The collection is organized in three series: Series 1, Personal Papers, 1940-2006; Series 2, Music, 1929-1998; and Series 3, Historical Trombones, ca. 1910-1992. Of particular interest are the papers documenting the University Wind Ensemble's 1977 tour of South America and Gray's prototype F attachment that was an attempt to modify the Conn's 8H bass trombone design but was never put into production by the manufacturer.

Biographical Note

Robert Gray was born in Ambridge, PA on June 13, 1926 and graduated from Ohio's Muskingum College c. 1949. He received his Masters degree in trombone performance and PhD in trombone theory/pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music, and taught at Duke University, the University of Arizona, and East Carolina University. Dr. Gray joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1955, and served as professor of trombone and low brass, and director of several student wind and brass ensembles. He was also a member of the Illinois Brass Quintet, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the Sinfonia da Camera. He retired in 1991 after serving 36 years on the UIUC faculty. In addition to his teaching and performance responsibilities a the University Gray served on the board of advisors for the International Trombone Association and was its president from 1984-86. For most of his tenure at the University of Illinois he also taught trombone for the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp (ISYM) from 1957-91. In addition to his teaching and research he served as the music director at Champaign, Illinois' First Presbyterian Church and concertized with his wife, organist Joan Gray, throughout his career.

Subject/Index Terms

Brass Instruments
Music, School of
Summer Youth Music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Robert Gray

Acquisition Method: Gift

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Personal Papers, 1940 - 2006],
[Series 2: Original/Published Music and Sound Recordings, 1929 - 1998],
[Series 3: Historical Trombones, ca. 1910 - 1992],

Series 3: Historical Trombones, ca. 1910 - 1992Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Item 1: Original F Attachment Valve Portion from Conn 8H, ca. 1951Add to your cart.
See also Item 1 (shelved in original case).
Item 1: C. G. Conn 8H Tenor Trombone, 1951Add to your cart.
Note: Contains prototype f-attachment bell portion. See also Box 22 Item 1.
Accession number: 2007.120540.02
Item 2: C. G. Conn 36H tenor trombone, 1992Add to your cart.
Accession number: 2007.120540.03
Item 3: Holton Beaufort Model tenor trombone, ca. 1910Add to your cart.
Note: Bell Flare has been lathed off.
Accession number: 2007.120540.01

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[Series 1: Personal Papers, 1940 - 2006],
[Series 2: Original/Published Music and Sound Recordings, 1929 - 1998],
[Series 3: Historical Trombones, ca. 1910 - 1992],

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