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University of Maryland Percussion Program records

 Collection 0220-SCPA
The University of Maryland Percussion Program was established and led by Ron Barnett. Best known as the timpanist with the Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Washington D.C. from 1971 to 2002, he was also a former member of the U.S. Navy Band, as well as a member of the Marimba Masters, a marimba ensemble formed at the Eastman School of Music that gained wide critical acclaim. This collection contains various performance programs, handwritten notes by Barnett, a music manuscript, and historical documents.

Dates

  • 1971-2002
  • Majority of material found within 1972-1977

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The University of Maryland Percussion Program records cover the period from 1971 to 2002; the bulk of the materials date from 1972 to 1977. The collection consists of programs, handwritten notes, and a manuscript score related to UMD Percussion Ensemble performances and recitals given by both faculty and students.

Administrative History

The University of Maryland Percussion Program was founded by Ron Barnett, who after graduating the Eastman School of Music in 1960, came to the D.C. area to serve as timpanist and marimba soloist with the U.S. Navy Band. In 1963, Mr. Barnett began his Master's degree at the University of Maryland in 1963 and became a graduate assistant with the Band Program. In 1966, he became a full time Percussion Instructor, at a time when UMD had no percussion teacher. He held this position until 2003.

During his time at Maryland, Barnett founded the Percussion and Marimba Ensembles. The collection consists of programs, handwritten notes, and a manuscript score related to UMD Percussion Ensemble performances and recitals given by both faculty and students.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series:
  1. Programs
  2. Notes

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Transferred in September 2009 to Special Collections in Performing Arts, by UMD Percussion Instructor, Lee Hinkle.
Title
University of Maryland Percussion Program records
Status
Completed
Author
Wendy Bargstadt and Mario Perez
Date
July 2015 and October 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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

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