The University of Arkansas Razorback Band: A History, 1874-2004

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From the small Cadet Band that supported the school's military department, to the "best in sight and sound" Marching Razorbacks that are a staple of Razorback Athletics, the Razorback Band has provided the soundtrack to the University of Arkansas. The rich history of the Razorback Band has spanned almost the entire existence of the University of Arkansas. This book documents the distinguished 130-year history of the band from its humble beginnings in 1874 to the major college organization that it is today. As a supporting player of the military and ROTC programs and of the athletic department, the Razorback Band has provided the spirited musical excitement required through the years, as well as performing concerts on its own for an appreciative student body and community audience with the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. Add to that the parallel story of the evolution of an exciting basketball and volleyball spirit band-the Hogwild Band-and you have in this lavishly illustrated book the first-ever history of the music makers of the University of Arkansas.
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Eldon Janzen
Excellent! The author has done outstanding work in researching and assembling the information in a readable and enjoyable format.
Director emeritus of the University of Arkansas Razorback Band
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557287793
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The beginnings of a university 1
Ch. 2 A band on the campus, 1874-1908 7
Ch. 3 The band takes on new responsibilities, 1908-1921 21
Ch. 4 The Razorback ROTC band makes an impact, 1921-1927 35
Ch. 5 The Foutz years, 1927-1940 41
Ch. 6 The war years and the emergence of the Civilian Marching Razorback Band, 1941-1948 61
Ch. 7 The Marty-Widder years, 1948-1956 73
Ch. 8 The Worthington years, 1956-1970 107
Ch. 9 The Janzen years, 1970-1985 155
Ch. 10 The Ragsdale-Robken years, 1985-1991 205
Ch. 11 The Warren-Gunter years, 1991-2004 225
App. 1 Band directors of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Marching Band 283
App. 2 Drum majors of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Marching Razorback Band 285
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