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Mark Hindsley papers

 Collection 0061-SCPA

Mark Hindsley (1905-1999) was a band director, music instructor, author, and composer of band transcriptions. He spent much of his career at the University of Illinois where he directed the Marching Illini and was Professor of Music. In 1948, he became the Director of Bands at Illinois; he served in that position until his retirement in 1970. During his long and fruitful career, Hindsley wrote seven books and more than forty magazine articles about instrumental music. In order to make classical music compositions more widely available to band student, he created over seventy transcriptions.


  • 1932-1993
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1975

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use. Materials 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, except for Wednesdays during the spring and fall semesters when open hours are extended to 8:00pm. Contact the curator for an appointment:

Duplication and Copyright Information

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.). For questions regarding duplication of materials for research purposes or for publication, please contact the curator:


6.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Mark Hindsley papers cover the period from 1932 to 1993; the bulk dates are 1950 to 1975. The collection consists of personal papers, professional papers, and band transcriptions. The collection is organized into three series: (I) Professional Documents: University of Illinois papers and programs, guest conducting programs, adjudication programs, miscellaneous programs; (II) Personal Documents: Writings, Reviews, Awards, Photos, Correspondence and Memorabilia; (III) Transcriptions: Bach to Tchaikovsky.


Mark Hindsley (1905-1999) was born and raised on a farm near Union City, Indiana. He began to study the cornet at the age of ten, joining family orchestras, Sunday school orchestras, and the city band. He attended Indiana University from 1921 until 1925, graduating with a degree in chemistry. While studying there, he served as the first chair cornet player and the student assistant band director. After graduation he became the university band director at Indiana University while he completed an M.A. in Music (1927). From 1929 until 1934, Hindsley was the director of instrumental music in the public schools of Cleveland Heights, increasing enrollment and winning a number of prizes while in that position.

In 1934, University of Illinois offered him a position as Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music. He would remain at University of Illinois until his retirement in 1970 with a brief hiatus from 1942 to 1946 while serving as a band director in the Army Air Forces. In 1946, Hindsley was elected president of the College Band Directors National Association. A decade later, in 1957, he became president of the American Bandmasters Association.

Throughout his career, Hindsley was in demand as a clinician; as a guest director and adjudicator he worked with local high school band students as well as professional bands around the world. He published seven books and wrote many articles and speeches about music education and band performance. He transcribed over 75 orchestral works for band, many of which were recorded by the University of Illinois Concert Band.


This collection is organized into three series.

  1. Professional Papers
  2. Personal Papers
  3. Transcriptions

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Mark Hindsley in June 1980.

Related Material

United States Army Field Band. The Legacy of Mark Hindsley. Department of the Army, 2013. [ABA Recordings Collection, Compact Disc]

The Mark Hindsley papers
Christina Taylor Gibson
May 2008
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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