Oregon Marching Band records
Scope and Contents
The Oregon Marching Band records contain paper records, photographs, audiovisual material, and artifacts relating to the Oregon Marching Band.
Among materials in the records series are member directories, handbooks, clippings, newsletters, recruitment materials, and performance programs, as well as materials relating to the Green Garter Band, Oregon Marching Band Council, and hosted events, such as Festival of Bands. Of note are two copies of the University of Oregon fight song, “Mighty Oregon,” one of which includes hand-drawn notes and handwritten lyrics while the other, copyright 1916 by Albert Perfect, is a second edition score published by The Music Shop in Eugene, Oregon.
The photographs and audiovisual series contains prints, negatives, slides, photo albums, and photo collages depicting Oregon Marching Band performances, rehearsals, and travel. A double LP entitled Songs of Old Oregon (performed by the University of Oregon Band, directed by Robert S. Vagner and the University Singers, directed by Donald W. Allton) is also included in this series.
The artifacts series is primarily composed of Oregon Marching Band uniforms and uniform pieces, but also includes awards and memorabilia.
- circa 1916-2010
- University of Oregon. Marching Band (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.
Conditions Governing Use
Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
The University of Oregon had a "University Band" dating back to 1908, however the 1916 Oregana indicates the University of Oregon Band officially began in 1911, directed by Maurice Hyde. From 1915-1918, Albert Perfect, writer of the University of Oregon fight song, "Mighty Oregon," served as the first salaried band director at the University. Perfect’s replacement, Ross Hickernell, served as director for only one year (1919), thus leaving management of the band to the military department.
The band presented its first football halftime performance in 1929 under the direction of John Stehn. Stehn also organized an Army Special Training Units (ASTU) band at the University during the 1940s. In 1950, Stehn retired as Director of Bands, leaving the position to Robert Wagner and Ira Lee.
In 1976, Gerald Poe, founder of the Festival of Bands competition for high school marching bands, was hired to direct the marching band. His 1983 replacement, Steve Paul, built the marching band up from 90 members in his first year to over 250 members.
From the 1990s-2010s, under the direction of Sid Haton (1995-1999), Todd Zimbelman (1999-2005), Dr. Patrick Carney (2005-2006), and Dr. Eric Wiltshire (2006-present), the band has performed at numerous bowl games, including the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and BCS National Championship among others.
24.9 linear feet (14 containers) : 4 record storage boxes, 1 1/2 legal manuscript box, 4 oversize flat boxes, 2 flat boxes, 1 small photo box, 2 textile boxes
Language of Materials
The University of Oregon had a "University Band" dating back to 1908, however the 1916 Oregana indicates the University of Oregon Band officially began in 1911, directed by Maurice Hyde. The Oregon Marching Band records contain paper records, photographs, audiovisual material, and artifacts relating to the Oregon Marching Band.
The Oregon Marching Band records have been arranged in three series: 1. Records, circa 1916-2010, 2. Photographs and audiovisual material, circa 1950s-2007, and 3. Artifacts, circa 1970s-2000s.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records have been acquired through occasional transfers by the Oregon Marching Band.
Continued transfers of records from the Oregon Marching Band are expected indefinitely.
Collection processed by Tanya Parlet, 2013. Revisions completed by Liliya Benz, 2019. The collection was rehoused and reprocessed. Multiple accessions for the collection have now been merged. This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Marching bands -- Oregon -- Eugene Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Student activities -- Oregon -- Eugene Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Oregon Marching Band records
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- Tanya Parlet. Revised by Liliya Benz.
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- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
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