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Herbert Hazelman papers

 Collection 0036-SCPA
Herbert Hazelman (1913-2007) was an American band director, composer, and music educator. Hazelman is best known for his 42-year tenure as director of the Greensboro (Grimsley) North Carolina Senior High School Bands. He was responsible for numerous premiere performances of band music and made more than 150 recordings with school ensembles. He was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1951. The collection consists of recorded performances, concert programs, correspondence, clippings, writings, educational materials including evaluations and contracts, publications, conference materials, travel itineraries, and photographs.

Dates

  • 1931-2001
  • Majority of material found within 1931-2001

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

5.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Herbert Hazelman papers cover the period from 1931 to 2001. The papers consist of recorded performances, concert programs, correspondence, clippings, writings, educational materials including evaluations and contracts, publications, conference materials, travel itineraries, and photographs related to his career as the band director at Greensboro (Grimsley) North Carolina Senior High School, where he taught for over 40 years.

Biography

Herbert Hazelman is best known for his 42-year tenure as the director of the Greensboro (Grimsley) North Carolina Senior High School Bands (Greensboro Senior High School became Grimsley High School in 1962). In 1925, Greensboro schools' music supervisor, Glenn Gildersleeve, appointed the World War I Army Band clarinetist H. Grady Miller to organize an instrumental music program at Greensboro High School. Miller was elevated to music supervisor in 1926, the same year that Earl Slocum joined the faculty to create an orchestral program. The Great Depression forced the curtailment of the Greensboro music program in 1933, however, the band carried on informally under the direction of English teacher Edward Tannenbaum. In 1936 Herbert Hazelman was appointed as the sole instrumental music teaching force for the Greensboro schools. By 1963 the music faculty had grown to 12 full-time and 2 part-time instrumental music teachers, all under Hazelman's supervision.

In 1963, Hazelman listed a series of "firsts" achieved by the Greensboro (Grimsley) Senior High School Band. These included being the first band from North Carolina to appear at the Mid-West National Band Clinic in Chicago, the first use of the "twin-band" marching style in North Carolina, the first high school band to have a balanced clarinet choir, the first to have a regularly scheduled television broadcast series, and the first to perform for the Canadian Bandmasters Association.

During the years covered by the collection (1946-1978), several different Greensboro (Grimsley) Senior High School bands appear. By 1963 the names of these bands seems to have stabilized, with Hazelman directing the Symphony Band, and Edgar Q. Rooker conducting the Concert Band. By 1970 a Stage Band was added under the direction of Charles Murph and Kenneth Sampson (this was changed to the Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Band by 1975). Prior to 1963 we find references to a Training Band, an Activities Band, and a Concert "B" Band, all conducted by various members of the band staff. During these early years, Hazelman's ensemble is usually called the Concert Band. Most of the collection's recordings contain only the performances of Hazelman's ensembles.

Hazelman was responsible for a number of first performances, most notably of pieces by M. Thomas Cousins and John Barnes Chance. Chance was a Ford Foundation Young Composer at Greensboro between 1960 and 1962, while Cousins was associated with the school in 1959 to 1969. In addition, the Greensboro Bands premiered Gunther Schuller's Meditation for Concert Band as well as several of Hazelman's own compositions and arrangements.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into seven series.
  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Press Clippings
  3. Series 3: Professional Papers, Educational
  4. Series 4: Professional Papers, Non-Educational
  5. Series 5: Personal Records
  6. Series 6: Photographs
  7. Series 7: Recordings

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The collection was given by Herbert Hazelman in 1984 and 2000.

Related Material

The Herbert Hazelman papers are part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Research Center.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Herbert Hazelman papers: A Finding Aid
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Patrick Warfield, March 2002. Revised by Amanda May, August 2011.
Date
2011-08-01
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2008-05-06: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, May 2008.
  • 2008-06-19: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, June 2008.
  • 2010-04-27: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, April 2010.
  • 2012-11-21: EAD checked and verified using Oxygen by Amanda May, November 2012.
  • 2014-10-30: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, October 2014.
  • 2014-11-26: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, November 2014.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States