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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

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:


3.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Cleon E. Dalby Papers covers 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 was born in Levan, Utah, in 1894, and died in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1978. He 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. Series 1: Concert Programs
  2. Series 2: Contest Programs
  3. Series 3: Correspondence
  4. Series 4: Photographs
  5. Series 5: Publications
  6. Series 6: Clippings Scrapbook
  7. Series 7: Max Dalby

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

These papers were a gift of Max Dalby in 1993.

Related Material

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

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

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Cleon E. Dalby Papers
Processed by Amanda May, November 2011.
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Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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