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MF 011 Gordon Bowie Collection of R. B. Hall & Community Dance Bands of Maine

Number of Interviews: 8
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1968-1993
Time period covered: 20th century
Principal interviewers: Gordon Bowie, Thomas C. Bardwell, Sr.
Finding Aides: transcripts
Access Restrictions: Accession 2261 & 2580 Restricted

Description: This collection includes interviews and photographs compiled by Gordon Bowie relating to band music in Maine, and leading to Bowie’s UM dissertation entitled R. B. Hall and the Community Bands of Maine (May, 1993). Bowie and Bardwell interviewed a series of musicians on the history of the Bangor Band and dance music in the Bangor area; other topics include: Musicians Union Local 768; dance music in Montreal and Boston before World War II; radio; local theaters and dance halls; community band music in Worcester, Massachusetts; Bangor Symphony; bands in Brewer, Corinna, Newport, and Dexter, Maine; band organizer Paul Giles; R. B. Hall’s Waterville Military Band. Also included, in accession 2580, is a typescript first draft of Bowie’s dissertation discussing discusses significance of R. B. Hall’s contribution to band music, history of Hall’s involvements with bands in Bangor, Waterville and Albany, New York, context of community bands, and specific Hall compositions.

2049 Bowie, Gordon W. (AY 325) Spring 1988. Maine: Bangor. 33pp. Tape: 1 hour with transcript. First in a series of interviews with musicians concerning the history of the Bangor Band and dance music in the Bangor area. On this tape Merlin “Pete” Rogers, age 84, talks about his life and music. Topics include Musicians Union Local 768; dance music in Montreal, Boston, etc. before World War II; performing for local theaters, dance halls, radio. P6441-6454 / C572

2050 Bowie, Gordon W. (AY 325) Spring 1988. Maine: Bangor. 38pp. Tape: 1 hour with transcript. Part of Bowie’s series on the history of the Bangor Band and dance music in the Bangor area. Leo C. Thayer, age 69, discusses his musical career. Topics include community band music, community music activities in Worcester, Massachusetts and Bangor, Maine. P6441-6454 / C573

2051 Bowie, Gordon W. (AY 325) Spring 1988. Maine: Bangor. 38pp. Tape: 1 hour approx. with transcript. Third in a series of interviews on the history of band and dance music in the Bangor area. Samuel Viner, age 79, talks about his life as a musician. Topics include Musicians Union Local 768, the Bangor Symphony, local radio. P6441-6454 / C574

2052 Bowie, Gordon W. (AY 325) Spring 1988. Maine: Bangor. 35pp. Tape: 1 hour with transcript. Last in a series of interviews about the history of the Bangor Band. Samuel D. Wyman, Jr. talks of the various bands in the surrounding towns including Brewer, Corinna, Newport and Dexter; band organizer Paul Giles; music and attitudes before and after World War II. Also includes copies of newspaper clippings and a program from a 1934 performance of the Bangor Band. P6441-6454 / C575

2228 Bowie, Gordon W. Spring 1992. Maine: Fairfield. 56pp. Tape: with transcript. A pair of interviews made by Thomas C. Bardwell Sr. on April 24, 1969. The informants, Arthur F. Roundy and James A. Varney, were the last surviving members of R.B. Hall’s Waterville Military Band. (see NA 2049-2052) C857

2261 Bowie, Gordon W. 1968, 1969. Maine: Fairfield, Brunswick and Cherryfield. 96pp. Tape: 4 with transcripts. Interviews made by Thomas C. Bardwell Sr., with Arthur F. Roundy, James A. Varney, Charlie Wakefield and Robert Hoe, on various dates in 1968 and 1969. The interviews focus on R.B. Hall’s works and band association. RESTRICTED. C959 – C962

2262 Bowie, Gordon W. 1992 Maine: Cape Elizabeth. 73pp. Tape: 2 with transcript. An interview with Ralph T. Gould on the subject of community bands in Maine, amateur music and R.B. Hall. Contains papers and letters pertaining to Mr. Gould’s musical philanthropies and activities. RESTRICTED. C963 – C964

2580 Bowie, Gordon. 1993. Maine: Bangor, Waterville; New York: Albany. 369 pp. A first draft typescript copy of Gordon Bowie’s Ph.D. dissertation for the University of Maine, entitled “R. B. Hall and the Community Bands of Maine” (May, 1993). Dissertation discusses significance of R. B. Hall’s contribution to band music, history of Hall’s involvements with bands in Bangor, Waterville and Albany, New York, context of community bands, and specific Hall compositions. The paper draws from both primary and secondary source materials, including interviews with surviving band members. Relates to other accessions deposited by Bowie. See NA 2049; NA 2050 – NA 2052; NA 2228; NA 2261 – NA 2262. RESTRICTED: Not to be photocopied without author’s permission as this work has presumably been superseded by the dissertation itself.


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