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Cleon E. Dalby papers

 Collection 0108-SCPA

Cleon E. Dalby organized and conducted high school bands in the Western Slope region of Colorado from 1914 to 1965. After leaving the public schools system, he continued to direct and teach privately for 28 years. Dalby was member of the American Bandmasters Association and was honored as a "Trendsetter in Music Education" by the Colorado Music Educators Association in 1989.


  • 1911-1993
  • Majority of material found within 1915-1940

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator.


3.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Cleon E. Dalby papers cover the period of 1911 to 1993. The bulk of the collection spans from 1915 to 1940. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, programs, photographs, publications, and biographical sketches.


Cleon E. Dalby (b. 1894; Levan, Utah - d. 1978; Salt Lake City, Utah) was an American conductor, musician, and educator. Dalby attended Brigham Young University, Ricks University, and the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied with Hy Lammers of the Sousa Band, and with William H. Bickett of San Francisco. Dalby was the cornet soloist for the Salt Lake City Municipal Band from 1925 to 1926. He organized and conducted the high school bands of Colorado's Western Slope region, as well as serving on the planning committees for band contests in that area. In 1931, three of his bands took first place in their class at the band contest in Grand Junction, Colorado. After leaving public school teaching, he taught privately for twenty-eight years. Dalby was member of the American Bandmasters Association and was honored as a "Trendsetter in Music Education" by the Colorado Music Educators Association in 1989.


This collection is organized into seven series.

  1. Concert programs
  2. Contest programs
  3. Correspondence
  4. Photographs
  5. Publications
  6. Clippings scrapbook
  7. Max Dalby

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Max Dalby, 1993.

Related Material

- American Bandmasters Association records, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

- Dalby, Max F., "Early History of School Bands in Western Colorado: The Legacy of Cleon Dalby," Research Paper 2294 (Accession 99-103-ABA).

Cleon E. Dalby papers
Amanda May
November 2011
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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