Collection Number: 40233

Collection Title: Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1947-1984, circa 2000

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract The first band at the University of North Carolina was organized in 1903 with Charles T. Woollen as its director. By 1920, the band had become a regular part of football games. By the mid-1960s, there were several bands, including a marching band, concert band, and pep band; and the original band had become known as the Marching Tar Heels. From the 1920s through the mid-1960s, the Department of Music was responsible for the direction of the bands. Responsibility then shifted to the Division of Student Affairs until 1989, when it returned to the Department of Music. As of 2012, the Marching Tar Heels were directed by Jeffrey Fuchs of the Department of Music. Records include photographs, memoranda, training materials for marching band members, press packets, clippings, and other related materials. There are also an unbound proof copy of the commemorative book The Marching Tar Heels, a drawing of Kenan Memorial Field, and a poster advertising a football pep rally.
Creator Marching Tar Heels (Musical group)
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40233, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Transferred from the North Carolina Collection in May 2001 (Records transfer 20010511.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The first band at the University of North Carolina was organized in 1903 with Charles T. Woollen as its director. By 1920, the band had become a regular part of football games. By the mid-1960s, there were several bands, including a marching band, concert band, and pep band; and the original band had become known as the Marching Tar Heels. From the 1920s through the mid-1960s, the Department of Music was responsible for the direction of the bands. Responsibility then shifted to the Division of Student Affairs until 1989, when it returned to the Department of Music. As of 2012, the Marching Tar Heels were directed by Jeffrey Fuchs of the Department of Music. The Marching Tar Heels performed at all home games and one away game per football season, and band members performed in pep bands throughout the rest of the academic year.

Sometime in the mid-1920s, T. Smith McCorkle, an instructor in the Department of Music, began directing the band. In 1933, Earl Slocum was hired to direct the band and conduct the university orchestra. Herbert Fred took over as band director in 1956. In 1963, Slocum hired Major John F. Yesulaitis, who remained director of the Marching Tar Heels (and director of University Bands) until 1989, when he was succeeded by James Hile. As of 2012, the Marching Tar Heels were directed by Jeffrey Fuchs of the Department of Music.

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Records include photographs, memoranda, training materials for marching band members, press packets, clippings, and other related materials. There are also an unbound proof copy of the commemorative book The Marching Tar Heels, a drawing of Kenan Memorial Field, and a poster advertising a football pep rally.

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400 items.
Box 1

Band membership materials, 1967-1984 #40233, Series: "Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1947-1984, circa 2000." Box 1

Includes a band member handbook, recruitment materials, newsletters, and other related materials.

Correspondence, 1966-1983 #40233, Series: "Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1947-1984, circa 2000." Box 1

Photographs, 1947-1975 #40233, Series: "Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1947-1984, circa 2000." Box 1

Includes portraits of the band, aerial photographs of marching formations, and other related photographs.

Press materials, 1964-1983, undated #40233, Series: "Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1947-1984, circa 2000." Box 1

Includes game day schedules and band information for journalists.

Band Day, 1967 #40233, Series: "Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1947-1984, circa 2000." Box 1

Contains letters and the offical program, which describes the composition of the marching band and lists the participating high school bands.

Carolina band book, 1983 #40233, Series: "Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1947-1984, circa 2000." Box 1

Contains advertisement and order form regarding The Marching Tar Heels, a commemorative book marking the 80th anniversary of the formation of the marching band.

Band history materials, circa 2000 #40233, Series: "Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1947-1984, circa 2000." Box 1

Includes materials assembled regarding the history of the marching band. Materials include notes, annotated essays, photocopies from newspapers and the Yackety Yack, and other related items.

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-40233/1

Oversize materials, 1984, undated #40233, Series: "Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1947-1984, circa 2000." XOPF-40233/1

Contains a drawing of Kenan Memorial Stadium indicating band location and a poster advertising a pep rally in advance of a football game against North Carolina State University.

Oversize Volume SV-40233/1

Commemorative book, 1983 #40233, Series: "Marching Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1947-1984, circa 2000." SV-40233/1

Unbound proof of The Marching Tar Heels, a book published to commemorate the marching band's 80th anniversary.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Matthew Farrell, March 2012

Encoded by: Matthew Farrell, March 2012

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