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University of Arkansas Bands Records

Identifier: MC 2002-UA

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains both textual and audio visual materials documenting the University of Arkansas Bands, mainly pertaining to the marching band with some materials pertaining to the concert bands. Textual materials include marching charts, press guides, performance programs, building construction documents, and newspaper clippings, many of which are photocopies. The photographs consist mainly of marching band performances with some photos of concert bands and band members. The collection also contains film reels, video tapes, and DVDs of the marching band. The audio reels and CDs pertain mainly to the concert bands with some audio recordings of the marching band.


  • 1871-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1962-2009


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Box 15, Folder 26 is restricted due to condition.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

The University of Arkansas Band was formally organized in 1874 as the Cadet Corps Band. At the time, the 14-piece brass band primarily participated in formal functions of the Military Art Department. Beginning in 1904, under the direction of Frank Barr, the band moved to a larger variety of appearances. The band promoted a university lecture series, university events, and football and baseball games. In 1927, the band began to make appearances at all athletics events and first began to wear red and white as part of their uniforms.

In 1948, under the direction of E. J. Marty, the band, which had been steadily growing over the years, was formally separated into three bands: a football band, a concert band, and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) band. Between 1948 and 1955, Marty grew the football band substantially from a 42-member unit to over 100 members. The band rose to national prominence and became known as the “Marching 100.” In 1956, Dr. Richard A. “Doc” Worthington became director and continued to grow the band. Under his leadership the band became known as the “Marching Razorbacks,” a name they still use to the present day. Under the direction of Eldon Janzen from 1970 to 1995, the band continued to increase in size and then continued to grow under the direction of Chris Knighten.


48.5 Linear Feet (48 Boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Series I: Textual Materials

Series II: Photographs

Series III: Video and Audio

Acquisition Information

The University of Arkansas Bands Records was donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries on August 19, 2014 by the University of Arkansas Bands through Christopher Knighten and Robert Hopper.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Allen, Zachary Morgan, Tyrel Weston, and Heath Robinson; completed in September 2017.

University of Arkansas Bands Records
Amy Allen, Zachary Morgan, Tyrel Weston, and Heath Robinson
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444