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Biographical/Historical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Advertising

Series II: Annual Reports

Series III: Banquets and Awards

Series IV: Calendars

Series V: Correspondence

Series VI: Courses

Series VII: Financial

Series VIII: Governance

Series IX: Handbooks

Series X: Instruments

Series XI: Jazz and Symphonic Bands

Series XII: Meetings

Series XIII: MOB Newsletters/Handouts

Series XIV: Music

Series XV: News Clippings

Series XVI: Performances

Series XVII: Rosters

Series XVIII: Uniforms

Series XIX: US Olympic Festival Band

Series XX: Slides and Photographs

Series XXI: Oversize Materials

Series XXII: Audio/Visual

Series XXIII: Memorabilia

Series XXIV: Uniforms

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Bands (MOB) records UA 239



Title: Rice University Bands (MOB) records
Dates: 1914-2011
Abstract This collection consists of correspondence, financial information, newsletters, newsclippings, photographs, recordings, memorabilia, and uniforms related to Rice University Bands, including MOB, Rice Jazz Ensemble, and Rice Concert Band.
Identification: UA 239
Quantity: 13.5 linear ft.(20 Boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical Note

Forming in 1916, the Rice Owl Band consisted of twelve members with interests in band activities and reading band literature. By 1922, when Lee Chatham became the director, the band had 35 members and grew to 50 under his leadership. Since there was a dearth of high school bands, some of the members came from the community at large.

During World War II, the membership of the band was unstable, which lead to the creation of a new band of Navy cadets under the V-12 program. After the war, the band reorganized and the all-male outfit added four majorettes.

In the 1950s and 1960s, director Holmes McNeely made the band co-ed, bought instruments, added personnel, and gave a small number of band scholarships. The issuing of scholarships continued under director Bert Roth (1967-1979) who provided work scholarships for participating band members. Roth also changed the focus of the band from a marching band to a scatter band.

Starting in 1970, the band began to infuse timely and sometimes controversial topics into their halftime shows. Into the 1970s, the band began to move away from traditional band uniforms and sometimes chose outfits that matched the theme of their halftime shows.

1980 brought Ken Dyer as the new Rice Owl Band director. He added new bands like the Jazz Ensemble and the Rice Concert Band. In addition, he selected the mob-style uniforms to match the new name of the band, the Marching Owl Band (MOB). Dyer also promoted travel, even taking the MOB to the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics, the 1986 Statue of Liberty celebration, the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival, and 1993 Carnivale in Nice, France.

Current, band director Chuck Throckmorton has continued the legacy of Ken Dyer. The Jazz Ensemble, Basketball Owl Band, Rice Symphonic Band, and Houston Concert Band continue to provide an outlet for non-music majors at Rice. Meanwhile, the MOB still plays halftime shows and courts controversy.

--Taken from “The MOB: Rice University Owl Marching Owl Band” handbook, 1988.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection consists of materials related to the Rice Owl Band, Jazz Ensemble, Rice Symphonic Band, and Marching Owl Band (MOB). This includes annual reports, correspondence, financial information, handbooks, newsletters, scripts, newsclippings, performances, photographs, recordings, memorabilia, and uniforms.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Director (drt) Dyer, Ken
Director (drt) Roth, Bert

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Bands (MOB) records, 1914-2011, UA 239, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Accruals Note

Additional materials are expected for this collection.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Advertising

Box Folder
1 1 The Rice Thresher n.d.
2 Rice Bands and MOB n.d.

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Series II: Annual Reports

Box Folder
1 3 Rice University Bands Annual Report 1999-2000
4 Rice University Bands Annual Report 2000-2001
5 Rice University Bands Annual Report 2001-2002
6 Student Affairs Annual Report 2001-2002
7 Rice University Bands Annual Report 2002-2003
8 Rice University Bands Annual Report 2003-2004

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Series III: Banquets and Awards

Box Folder
1 9 MOB Banquet 1983
10 Awards 1983
11 MOB Banquet 1984-1986
12 MOB Awards 1993-1994
13 MOB Attendance Award Certificate 1997
14 Midyear Banquet 2009-2010

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Series IV: Calendars

Box Folder
1 15 1983, 2000-2001
16 Rice Owls Football Schedule 1993
17 Owls Football Schedule 1994
18 Women's Basketball schedule 2000-2001

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Series V: Correspondence

Box Folder
1 19 General 1950s
20 General 1970-1979
21 General 1980-1989
22 Memoranda 1983
23 MOB Orientation Week 1983
24 Recruitment 1983
25 Memoranda 1984
26 General 1990-1999
27 Addresses 1992-1993
28 General 2000-2009
29 Rice Bands interest cards n.d.

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Series VI: Courses

Box Folder
1 30 Band Arranging - Music 415b 1983
31 Summer Camp information 1989-2004
32 Arts Administration Concentration 1990

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Series VII: Financial

Box Folder
1 33 Budget 1982-1983
34 Purchase orders 1983
35 Administrative supplies 1983-1984
36 Basketball scholarships 1983-1984
37 Bookstore sales 1983-1984
38 Budget 1983-1984
39 Check request forms 1983-1984
40 Entertainment expense statement 1983-1984
41 Interdepartmental charges 1983-1984
42 Mail room charges 1983-1984
43 Mileage voucher 1983-1984
44 Petty cash 1983-1984
45 Printing 1983-1984
46 Travel expenses 1983-1984
Box Folder
2 1 Administrative supplies 1984-1985
2 Campus store 1984-1985
3 Check requests 1984-1985
4 Entertainment expenses 1984-1985
5 Interdepartmental charges 1984-1985
6 Invoices 1984-1985
7 Mail room charges 1984-1985
8 Mileage voucher 1984-1985
9 Petty cash 1984-1985
10 Printing 1984-1985
11 Purchase orders 1984-1985
12 Travel expenses 1984-1985
13 Administrative supplies 1985-1986
14 Campus store 1985-1986
15 Check requests and comptroller memos 1985-1986
16 Entertainment expenses 1985-1986
17 Interdepartmental charges 1985-1986
18 Mail room charges 1985-1986
19 Petty cash 1985-1986
20 Travel expenses 1985-1986
21 Sack lunches 1994
22 Music stands 1995
23 Yamaha percussion 2001
24 Trostan Printing 2002

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Series VIII: Governance

Box Folder
2 25 MOB staff leadership training 2001
26 Band operations and facilities managers n.d.

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Series IX: Handbooks

Box Folder
2 27 The Owl Band of Rice University 1969-1970
28 The Owl Band of Rice University 1971-1972
29 The Owl Band of Rice University 1972-1973
30 The Owl Band of Rice University 1973-1974
31 The Owl Band of Rice University 1974-1975
32 The Owl Band of Rice University 1976-1977
33 The Owl Band of Rice University 1977-1978
34 The Owl Band of Rice University 1978-1979
35 The Owl Band of Rice University 1979-1980
36 The MOB - Rice University Marching Owl Band 1980s
37 Rice Football 1983
38 Southwest Conference Football Souvenir Yearbook 1984
39 The MOB - Rice University Marching Owl Band 1988
40 Rice Owls Basketball 2001
41 Rice Band Directory n.d.

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Series X: Instruments

Box Folder
2 42 Clarinet inventory 1979
43 Double reed inventory 1979
44 Flute inventory 1979
45 French horn inventory 1979
46 Saxophone inventory 1979
47 Trumpet inventory 1979
48 Contract 1984
49 Storage rental 1999-2002
50 Stolen Rice Band instruments 2003
51 Baritone inventory n.d.
52 Bass inventory n.d.
53 Percussion inventory n.d.
54 Trombone inventory n.d.

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Series XI: Jazz and Symphonic Bands

Box Folder
2 55 Jazz Band/MOB Concert November 3, 1983
56 Jazz Ensemble Concert November 30, 1983
57 Jazz Band 1983-1984
58 Jazz Band mailing list 1983-1984
59 Jazz Band roster 1983-1984
60 Rice Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert February 29, 1984
61 Rice Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert April 12, 1984
62 Foley's All-Star Band application 1993-1994
63 Rice Symphonic Band 1994
64 Grammy All-Star Jazz Band 1995
65 Rice Symphonic Band roster Spring 1995

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Series XII: Meetings

Box Folder
2 66 Notes 1983-1984

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Series XIII: MOB Newsletters/Handouts

Box Folder
3 1 1980-1989
2 1990-1999

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Series XIV: Music

Box Folder
3 3 "Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet" (scanned copy) 1925
4 "Fight Song" n.d.
5 MOB List of songs n.d.
6 Scripts n.d.

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Series XV: News Clippings

Box Folder
3 7 1914-1929
8 1930-1939
9 1940-1949
10 1950-1959
11 1960-1969
12 1970-1979
13 Rice v. Texas A&M (Halftime of Infamy) 1973
14 1980-1989
15 1990-1999
16 2000-2009
17 2010-
18 n.d.

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Series XVI: Performances

General Note
This series includes information about performances, such as programs and correspondence.
Box Folder
3 19 Fliers 1968-1998
20 Inauguration of Norman Hackerman 1971
21 University of Houston Show 1975
22 Rice Band Concert at Sam Houston Park 1976
23 Jazz Festival March 1983
24 Southern Methodist University 1983
25 Tickets used November 18, 1983
26 Houston Festival 1984
27 Baylor University 1984
28 Bluebonnet Bowl Heritage Festival December 1984
29 Bluebonnet Bowl 1986
30 Suncoast Dome Opening March 1990
31 Whataburger All Star Band 1991
32 Texas All Stars - St. Patrick's Day Parade, Ireland 1993
33 Texas Trombones 1993-1994
34 A Big Band Bash Program 1994
35 Charter Confirmation to Galveston Mardi Gras Parade 1995
36 Saks Fifth Avenue Opening 1997
37 Houston Parade 2000
38 MOB Trip Policy 2000-2003
39 Galveston Mardi Gras Parade February 24, 2001
40 St. Stephen's "Barefoot in the Park" 2001
41 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade 2003
42 FIRST Robotics Competition 2003
43 MOB trip policy forms 2003-2004
44 President's Study Break 2004
45 Campus maps n.d.
46 Flow charts n.d.
47 Houston Rockets Victory Parade n.d.
48 MOB event maps n.d.
49 Television opportunities n.d.
50 University of Texas n.d.

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Series XVII: Rosters

Box Folder
3 51 Basketball Owl Band attendance 1983-1984
52 Houston Concert Band roster 1993-1994
53 MOB roster 1994
54 Chaperone lists n.d.

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Series XVIII: Uniforms

Box Folder
3 55 Correspondence 1969-1999
56 Stanbury 1981-1983
57 Sale of old uniforms 1982, 1999
58 Group meeting 1982
59 Raincoats 1982
60 New uniforms information 1982
61 Hats 1983
62 Receipts 1983
63 Checklist 1991-1994
64 Texas Bowl patch 2008

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Series XIX: US Olympic Festival Band

Box Folder
3 65 Alternates 1986
66 Baritone Applications 1986
67 Bartner, Arthur 1986
68 Color Guard 1986
69 Constultant expenses 1986
70 Consultant invoices 1986
Box Folder
4 1 Correspondence January 1986 - July 1986
2 Correspondence to band members 1986
3 Danny Ward Entertainment 1986
4 Directory 1986
5 Drill Team 1986
6 Drill Team uniforms 1986
7 French horn applications 1986
8 Gymnasts listing 1986
9 Invoices 1986
10 Mastandrea, Donna 1986
11 Opening Ceremonies emblems 1986
12 Opening Ceremonies equipment 1986
13 Opening Ceremonies office equipment 1986
14 Opening Ceremonies outline 1986
15 Opening Ceremonies production advance report 1986
16 Orientation meetings 1986
17 Percussion alternates 1986
18 Percussion applications 1986
19 Percussion San Marcos trip 1986
20 Production expense advances 1986
21 Purchase orders received 1986
22 Rehearsal meals 1986
23 Robert Keith and Co. - Statue of Liberty inflatable 1986
24 Travel arrangements 1986
25 Trombone applications 1986
26 Trumpet applications 1986
27 Tuba applications 1986
28 Yamaha International 1986

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Series XX: Slides and Photographs

Box Folder
4 29 Football 1968
30 Fifth Annual Band Day September 17, 1960
31 Band Banquet (1 of 2) 1967-1968
32 Band Banquet (2 of 2) 1967-1968
33 Football 1968
34 Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans (1 of 2) 1968
35 Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans (2 of 2) 1968
Box Folder
5 1 Football 1969
2 Football 1960s-1970s
3 Football 1970
4 Football 1971
5 Football 1972
6 Rehearsal 1972
7 Football (1 of 4) 1974
8 Football (2 of 4) 1974
9 Football (3 of 4) 1974
10 Football (4 of 4) 1974
11 Basketball 1975
12 Concert Band, Sam Houston Park 1975
13 Football 1975
14 Bicycle Show 1976
15 Football 1976
16 Football 1970s
17 Owl Tails Uniform (negatives) 1970s
18 Football/Basketball 1980s-1990s
19 Football (1 of 2) 1994
20 Football (2 of 2) 1994
21 Astrodome performance September 16, 1991
22 MOB 1994
23 Texas A&M Pep Rally October 1994
24 Washington, D.C. 1994
25 MOB Staff and O-Week 1995
26 Football 2002
27 Football 2004
28 Football and MOB 2000s

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Series XXI: Oversize Materials

Box Folder
5 29 Governor's Distinguished Collegiate Concert Band Award April 8, 2000
30 Rice Band sign n.d.

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Series XXII: Audio/Visual

Subseries A: 7 inch reel
Box item
6 1 Rice Jazz Ensemble October 27, 1982
2 Cardinal Jazz Festival at Lamar University March 25, 1983
3 Rice Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band April 19, 1983
4 Rice Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert April 13, 1988
5 Rice Jazz Ensemble n.d.
6 Rice Jazz Ensemble and the Rice Concert Band n.d.
Subseries B: 10.5 inch reel
Box item
6 7 Rice University Jazz Ensemble October 29, 1980
8 MOB 1981
9 Rice Jazz Ensemble and Rice Concert Band April 22, 1982
10 MOB Repertoire, Baylor University November 13, 1982
11 Rice University Bands- Side "A" December 16, 1982
12 Rice University Bands- Side "B" December 16, 1982
Box item
7 1 MOB October 25, 1983
2 MOB October 25, 1983
3 First Session October 21, 1986
4 Rice University Jazz Band December 4, 1986
5 La Bamba November 5, 1987
6 Rice Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble February 25, 1988
7 MOB, Side I 1990
8 MOB, Side II 1990
9 Side "A" n.d.
10 Side "B" n.d.
11 Paul Williamson n.d.
Box item
8 1 Unknown [MOB Side A or Master Reel?] [December 13, 1984 or November 1, 1985?]
2 Unknown [MOB Side B or Rice University Jazz Band?] [November 1, 1985?]
Subseries C: Cassette Tape
Box item
8 3 Rice Concert Band 02/20/1991
4 Rice Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble 02/20/1991
5 Rice Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble 04/10/1991
6 Rice Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble 04/10/1991
7 MOB Rock
8 Texas T-Bones
Subseries D: CD
Box item
8 9 Bob Files - Marching Owl Band n.d.
Subseries E: VHS
Box item
8 10 MOB 1987
11 Sports Team Houston - "The MOB" December 4, 1988
12 MOB 1988
13 MOB 1989
14 Rice University Bands c. 1989
15 MOB 1990
16 MOB 1990
17 MOB - "All the Shows None of the Commercials" 1991
18 MOB - "All the Shows None of the Commercials" 1991

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Series XXIII: Memorabilia

Box
9 Eagle Trophy - Band-Rally Club Annual Football Game 1930-1933
Box
10 Rice Institute Band Montgomery Award - Robert S. Alcott 1948-1949
Box
11 O.O. Hill Music Co. Houston Rec. Department Band and Orchestra Contest - First Prize Rice Institute Band May 15, 1931
Harris County Band and Orchestra Contest - Auspices Recreation Dept. Goggan Award May 5, 1927
Box
12 Trombone

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Series XXIV: Uniforms

Box
13 Owl Tail Hat c. 1970s
Owl Tail Hat c. 1970s
Box
14 Owl Tail Hat c. 1970s
Owl Tail Hat c.1970s
Box
15 Band Hat c. 1921
MOB Gray Felt Fedora 1997
Box
16 Band Uniform Jacket with Braiding on the Shoulder c. 1950
Box
17 Band Uniform jacket with tails and pants early 1970s
Box
18 Blue Drum Major hat early 1970s
Box
19 White Drum Major hat with blue and orange feather plumes 1970s
Box
20 Drum Major baton with red rope 1970s

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