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Robert Hoe collection

 Collection 0111-SCPA

The Robert Hoe Collection contains 189 LP recordings (plus duplicates) of American and European band marches, including the Heritage of the March series and a set of Sousa’s works recorded by the United States Marine Band. The collection also contains 18 of Robert Hoe’s newsletters.


  • 1970-1980
  • Majority of material found within 1970-1980

Conditions Governing Access

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:

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.


3.00 Linear Feet


In the early 1970s, Robert Hoe and Commander Don Stauffer of the United States Navy Band undertook a project to record marches not otherwise available commercially. In 1975, the Navy Band released the first fifteen LPs in the Heritage of the March series. Each record featured the music of one European and one American composer. The project expanded to include recordings of other service, university and school bands, as well as professional and amateur ensembles. In addition to the Heritage of the March series, Hoe oversaw an eighteen-LP, nine-volume set of Sousa's works with the United States Marine Band. Much of the project was funded by donations and Hoe's own estate, made as the owner of one of the largest millwork business in the country and his chain of bowling alleys in upper New York state.

Robert Hoe was an Associate Member of the American Bandmasters Association, as his Foundation is today.


This collection is organized into two series.

  1. Series 1: Recordings
  2. Series 2: Newsletters

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The records and newsletters in the Robert Hoe were all gifts of Robert Hoe Jr. and later the Robert Hoe Foundation. They were deposited at the Research Center in installments between 1976 and 1998.

Related Material

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

Robert Hoe collection
Amanda May
November 2011
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Revision Statements

  • 2012-11-21: EAD checked and verified using Oxygen by Amanda May, November 2012.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
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College Park MD 20742 United States