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William J. Stannard Papers

 Collection 0079-SCPA
William J. Stannard (1893-1950) was the first person appointed to the position of Leader of the U.S. Army Band. Stannard's entire career was spent as an Army musician, from his first enlistment with the Tenth Band of the Coast Artillery Corps in 1901, through his retirement from the U.S. Army Band in 1935, and his leaving the Army Officers Reserve Corps in 1942. This collection consists of both personal and professional papers including correspondence, scrapbooks and press clippings, programs, press releases, and radio scripts, letters of commendation and service papers, a musical composition, and photographs related to Stannard's career with the U.S. Army band as a musician and a conductor.

Dates

  • 1904-1950
  • Majority of material found within 1923-1942

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

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

1.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The William J. Stannard Papers cover the period 1904-1950; the bulk of the materials date from 1923-1942. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including correspondence, scrapbooks and press clippings, programs, press releases, and radio scripts, letters of commendation and service papers, a musical composition, and photographs related to Stannard's career with the U.S. Army band as a musician and a conductor.

Biography

William Jennings Stannard (1893-1950), a native of Guilford, Connecticut, was the first person appointed to the position of Leader of the U.S. Army Band. Stannard's entire career was spent as an Army musician, from his first enlistment with the Tenth Band of the Coast Artillery Corps in 1901, through his years on scholarship at the Army Music Training School, the Institute of Musical Arts in New York City, and appointment as Leader of the newly formed Army Band in 1923, to his retirement in 1935. He was a member of the Army Officers Reserve Corps until July 11, 1942. He died July 12, 1950 in Washington, D.C., survived by his wife Mary Frances Hook Stannard and son William H. Stannard.

Under Stannard's leadership, the Army Band played at the funerals of Presidents Harding and Taft, led the inaugural parades of Presidents Coolidge, Hoover, and Roosevelt, and was the first band to be broadcast over a coast-to-coast network of radio stations while playing at a reception given by President Coolidge for Charles Lindbergh. Stannard conducted the Army Band as the official band of the 1926 Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Exposition commemorating the founding of the United States, and in 1929 represented the Pan-American Union at two expositions in Spain, introducing Latin American music to the United States and Europe.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series.
  1. Series 1: Personal Papers
  2. Series 2: Military Papers
  3. Series 3: Photographs

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1995.

Related Material

This collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association Research Center.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
William J. Stannard Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Frederic W. Boots, Bonnie Jo Dopp, and Patrick Warfield, 1999. Revised by David Travis, 2009.
Date
2009-12-31
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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