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Finding Aid for the UB Marching Band Collection, 1960-2001


State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

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Buffalo, New York 14260
United States
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Finding aid prepared by Mark McGuire.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Mark McGuire, October 2006.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

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Collection Overview

Title: UB Marching Band Collection, 1960-2001
Creator: University at Buffalo Marching Band
Extent: 5.80 linear feet (10 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 carton, 1 small box)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: Collection of the University at Buffalo Marching Band, 1960-2001, includes records, photographs, memorabilia of the Marching Band, as well as Pep Band, Concert Band, and various ensembles.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, 31/11/1076, UB Marching Band Collection, 1960-2001, University Archives, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Archives' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Valerie Bergeman, 2001. Additional materials donated by Frank Cipolla circa 2000.

Terms of Access

UB Marching Band Collection, 1960-2001 is open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff, circa 2001.

Collection fully processed by Mark McGuire, October 2006.

Additional materials added and Finding Aid updated by Joseph E. Patton, April 2015.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Historical Note and Chronology

Musical organizations at the University at Buffalo trace back to 1898 when Frank L. Purdy of the Dental School organized a Mandolin and Glee Club. First mention of a UB Band, is found in the 1920 Iris yearbook and for a period of time, from 1927 until the end of World War II in 1945, it is probable that a Band did not exist despite students' efforts to reorganize.

1898 Frank L. Purdy of the Dental School organized a Mandolin and Glee Club
1920 First mention of a Band at the University
1946 Gerald Marx, a student, organizes the new band
1950 John "Spike" Krestic becomes Director
1952 Air Force ROTC Marching Band forms out of existing band
1956 Dr. Robert Mols replaces John Krestic as Director of Concert and Marching Bands
1961 University President Clifford Furnas names Frank J. Cipolla as Director of Bands, Marching Band becomes known as "Pride of the East"
1969 Band participates in Richard Nixon's Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.
1971 UB Football drops from Division IA league, funding for Marching Band is cut
1981 Football team enters Division III, UB Pep Band is organized by students
1999 Football team returns to Division IA, Marching Band is formed and named "Thunder of the East"
2002 James Mauck is named Director of Athletic Bands
2006 Led by Director of Bands Emeritus Frank Cipolla, the UB Marching Band performs with local high school bands, local musicians, and UB alumni during Homecoming Halftime Show, to form "The Mass Band," the largest musical group to perform in UB Stadium since the 1960's

For more history of the UB Marching Band, see: <http://wings.buffalo.edu/sa/ubthunder/home/history.shtml>

Scope and Content Note

The majority of the materials in the collection are records documenting the administration of the Band and Band events. They include records of the Department of Music concerning the Pep Band course, as well as files on fund-raising efforts, budget reports, Band announcements, schedules and meeting minutes, marching drills, and press releases. Event files include information on concert and marching trips to Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. , most notably the Marching Band's participation in Richard Nixon's 1969 Inaugural Parade. Also included are local events such as the High School Band Day and High School Music Institute, a two week band camp during the 1960's for area and state wide high school students, as well as Oozefest and band trips to Letchworth State Park and Darien Lake. The collection also contains a significant amount of photographic documentation and memorabilia.

Container List

I.     General Administrative Files, 1960-2001

Includes fliers, announcements, programs, Department of Music records, correspondence, budget files, and fund-raising files, mostly concerning the UB Pep Band. Files prior to 1987 relate to the UB Marching Band, the Pep Band's predecessor.

Files in this series are arranged alphabetically.

Box-folder Contents
1.1 Administrative Transfer of Pep Band, 1989
1.2 Announcements and Schedules, 1994-1995
1.3 Band Audition Form, undated
1.4 Band Awards, 1987-1992
1.5-1.7 Band Rosters, 1964-1966, 1995, 1997-1998, undated
1.8 Black, Dennis, letter from, undated
1.9 Bulletin Board, 1962-1963
1.10 Buttons Ordering Information, 1986, 1992
1.11 Contacts Directory, 1996-1997
1.12 Catering Information, 1992, 1998
1.13-1.14 Concert Programs, 1962, 1966-1988
1.15 Copyright Permissions, 1961-1962
1.16 Custom Apparel, 1992
2.1-2.6 Department of Music, Class Attendance Records, 1961-1967
2.7 Department of Music, MUS 130, 1994-1995
2.8 Division of Student Affairs Posting Policies, 1992
2.9 Donner, Charlie, Assistant UB Football Coach, letter from, 1999
2.10 Drill Designs for "GO UB," undated
2.11 Dwyer, John, Buffalo Evening News, letter to, 1968
2.12 Erie County Music Educators by School District, 1999
2.13 Expenses, 2001-2002
2.14 Faculty of Arts and Letters Commencement Program, 1962
2.15 Friendship 101 Applications, New Discoveries Program, undated
2.16 Fund-raising, 1994-1997
2.17 Future Pep Band Members, letter to, 1994-1995
2.18 Greetings and Welcome fliers, undated
2.19 Guide to Student Organizations, 1987
2.20 Information on the UB Pep Band, undated
2.21 Kappa Kappa Psi, letter from, undated
2.22 Local Marching Band Directors, undated
2.23 Marching Band Press Books, 1963, 1965
2.24 Marching Drills and Fundamentals, undated
2.25 Member Information Sheets, 1992-1993
3.1 Music Performed in Concert, 1962-1972
3.2 Music Reference Texts, Cover Photocopies, undated
3.3 Music Survey and Evaluations, 1993-1994
3.4 News Clippings, Photocopies, 1967-1971
3.5 Officers' Contact Information, 1994-1997
3.6 Officer's Duties and Band Policy, 1987-1988
3.7 Pep Band Elections, 1995
3.8-3.15 Pep Band Budget Records, 1986-1996[note: no records appear for 1992]
3.16 Pep Band Constitution, 2001
3.17 Pep Band and Marching Band fliers, undated
3.18 Pep Band Meeting Minutes, 1995
3.19 Pep Band Schedules, 1994-1995
3.20 Pep Band Social Questionnaires, undated
3.21 Press Releases, 1968-1969
3.22 Prospective Bandsmen, letter to, undated
3.23 Realities of Division I at UB, 1992
3.24 Rehearsal fliers, undated
3.25 Report on the University Music Institute for High School Students, 1966
3.26 Student Association Application for Recognition, undated
3.27 Student Senate Account Records, 1967
3.28 T-Shirt sales, 1997-1998
3.29 Thunder of the East Handbook, 2001
3.30 University at Buffalo Band Announcement, undated
3.31 University Bands General Information Sheet, undated
3.32 Uniform Lists and Ordering Information, 1998
3.33 User's Guide to the University at Buffalo Pep Band, undated
4.1 Yearbook Notes and History Resources, undated
4.2 Yearbook Photocopies, undated
II.     Events, 1961-2000

Includes records of events and trips of the UB Marching Band and the UB Pep Band. The series includes several files on trips to Boston and Philadelphia. In 1969, the UB Marching Band was one of only two delegates from New York State to participate in Richard Nixon's Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. . Photographs of trips and events are located in Series III.

Event files are arranged alphabetically. Files on Marching Band Trips and Social Activities are then arranged chronologically.

Box-folder Contents
4.3 Alumni Day, 1990
4.4-4.9 Banquets, 1987-1991, 1993-1999
4.10 Banquet Programs, 1992-1994, undated
4.11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Show, Handbook and Drill Designs, 2000
4.12 Bonfire Pep Rally, 1992
4.13-4.15 Commencement, 1966-1968
4.16 Freshman Orientation, 1994
Marching Band Trips
Box-folder Contents
Boston, 1961
Philadelphia, 1962
Boston, 1963
Cornell, 1964
Holy Cross, 1965
Boston, 1966
Concert Band Tour, 1966-1968
Philadelphia, 1967-1968
Richard M. Nixon Inaugural Parade, Washington, D.C. , 1969
Boston, 1969-1970
6.1-6.4 High School Band Day, 1962-1965
6.5 High School Band Day, "America First," 1966
6.6 High School Band Day, "Strike Up the Band," 1967
6.7-6.11 High School Music Institute, 1963-1967

[note: also known as High School Band Camp, not to be confused with University Band Camp]

Social Activities
Box-folder Contents
Buffalo Sabres Open Practice, 1992
Darien Lake Day, 1993-1994
Event Sign-Up Sheets, 1993-1994
Letchworth State Park, New York, 1994
Pep Band Activity Description and Information Sheets, 1990-1992
Oozefest, 1991
Picnics, 1990-1992
Social Events Notes, 1994, 1996-1997
Tailgating and Away Games, 1990, 1993
7.5 String Institute, 1964
7.6-7.14 University Band Camp, 1961-1968, 1970
III.     Photographs, 1960-2001

Photographs cover many of the events found in Series II, as well as field designs and Band practices Other photographs include concert and symphony bands of the 1960's under the direction of Frank Cipolla and assistant director Michael Sandgarten. Portraits of both directors are included in this series.

General materials (including albums) follow the materials that are arranged by subject.

Note: Photo albums were removed from their binders and sleeves for preservation purposes. Albums 1 and 5 are kept in their original sleeves. Albums 2, 3, 4 and 6 were photocopied, the original photocopies are filed following the copied album.

Box-folder Contents
9.6 Band Athletic Teams, Baseball and Basketball, 1968-1969
9.7 Band Athletic Teams, Wresting, 1968-1969
9.9 Boston Trip, Contact Sheet, 1966
9.10 Boston Trip, mounted photographs, 1966; includes announcement
12.1-12.3 Boston Trip, 1969
9.11 Cipolla, Frank J., Director of Bands, undated
9.12 Concert Band Pub Pictures, Copies, 1969
10.1-10.2 Concert Tour Photographs, 1967
10.3 Concert Tour Contact Sheets, 1967
12.4 Directors and Officers, Baird Hall, 1965-1969
10.6 Hangar Photograph, Practice Space, 1968
10.7-10.9 High School Music Institute, 1963, 1965, 1966
10.10 High School Music Institute, Cradle Beach Camp Concert, 1965
10.11 Jazz Lab Band, Control Sheet, undated
10.12 Lab Bands, 1968
12.5 Marching Band, 1967
10.13 Officer Pictures, undated
9.8 Practices, circa 1960-1970, 1999
10.14 President Richard Nixon Inaugural Parade, Contact Sheets, 1969
10.15 Reprint from yearbook, "U.B. Band, 1917-1918,"
10.16 Sandgarten, Michael D., Assistant Director of Bands, 1967-1969
10.17 Symphony Concert and Marching Bands, 1962, undated
10.18 Symphony Concert Band Tour, 1967
10.19 UB and Michigan Field Designs, 1966
10.20-10.21 UB Football Games, 1967-1968, undated
10.22 UB President's Residence, President William Greiner, Christmas Caroling, 1999
10.23 UB Wind Ensemble, 1973, 1975, 1978, undated
10.24 USA Field Design, 1966
8.1 Album 1, undated
8.2-8.3 Album 2, 1985-1991
8.4-8.5 Album 3, 1991-1994
8.6-8.7 Album 4, 1994-1998
9.1 Album 5, 1995-2000
9.2-9.3 Album 6, 1998-1999
9.4 Album 7, 2000-2001
9.5 Album 8, Washington, D.C. , 1975
12.6 Loose Photographs, circa 1965-1970
10.4-10.5 Contact Sheets, 1966-1969
12.7 Assorted Photograph Negatives, 1960-2001

Contains unprocessed Advanced Photo Systems film casing.

Box Contents
11 Pep Band illustration, Iodon, Chris 1996
13 UB Pep Band Multimedia CD-ROM, 2001 Season
13 Thunder of the East, 1999-2000 [compact disc]
[3 copies]
11 Pep Band Rugby shirt
11 Pep Band T-shirt
11 Two pairs of drum sticks, "Thunder of the East"
Two Bassdrum heads, "Pride of the East"
[located in University Archives Workroom]
Box Contents
11 UB Pep Band Party Animal Award, 1987-1991
11 Student Association, University Spirit Award Plaque, 1989
11 Student Association, Homecoming Float Award Plaque, 1991
11 "Student Association, University at Buffalo Pep Band" banner
11 "U.B. Band" banner
Buttons and Pins
Box Contents
"Bulls vs. Bengals, One Last Time"
"UB Pep Band, Be Peppy"
"I'm a Bull-iever"
"Homecoming '98, Show Your Spirit, SA"
"MASH Morgan State, See You at the Game!"
"Thunder of the East," undated
"Thunder of the East," 1999-2000
3rd Place Float, Homecoming Spirit Week, 1992
[located in University Archives Workroom]
1st Place, Cake Decorating Contest, Spirit Week, 1995
[located in University Archives Workroom]
2nd Place, Window Painting Contest, Spirit Week, 1995
[located in University Archives Workroom]
2nd Place, Scavenger Hunt, Spirit Week, 1995
[located in University Archives Workroom]
1st Place, Wing Eating Contest, Spirit Week, 1996
[located in University Archives Workroom]
3rd Place, Cheer Contest, Spirit Week, 1996
[located in University Archives Workroom]
"In Appreciation of 20 Years of Spirit, Pride, and Tradition," University at Buffalo Pep Band, Division of Athletics and Student Affairs, 2002

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.


Cipolla, Frank J., 1928-
State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

Subject Terms

Cipolla, Frank J., 1928-
Marching bands--New York (State--Buffalo
Mols, Robert W.
Sandgarten, Michael D.
State University of New York at Buffalo--Archives

Genre Terms

buttons (information artifacts)
clippings files
fliers (printed matter)
trophies (objects)

Associated Material

Separated Materials

One carton of films of UB football halftime shows circa 1960's is located in the University Archives' Visual Materials Collection.

Related Resources

Related Resources in the University Archives

15/5, State University of New York 50th Jubilee Concert, CD-ROM
36/3/535 , A.B. Lemon Papers, 1924-1969
University Archives online exhibit: Student Life at UB available at: http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/archives/students/index.htm

Related Resources in the Music Library

University Band, Marching Band, Concert Band [sound recording], Record 8600
State University of New York 50th Jubilee Concert [sound recording], Record 7747
Oom Pah Pah: the great American band. by Frank Cipolla. ML 1311 .O66 1982
ML 1300.W58, The wind ensemble and its repertoire; essays on the 40th anniversary of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Edited by Frank Cipolla and Donald Hunsberger.