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J.E. Roach Banda Mexicana Music Collection


J.E. Roach Banda Mexicana Music Collection
J.E. Roach Banda Mexicana Music Collection
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15.50 Linear Feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator:

This collection consists of the extant portions of the J. E. Roach Banda Mexicana library of scores and parts, and includes sections 3, 4, and 5 of the original library. These materials total 208 volumes of music written for 73-instrument band and conductor, published between 1881 and 1906. J. E. Roach's Banda Mexicana was a touring concert band active between circa 1908 and 1911. American conductor, Captain J.E. Roach (dates unknown) recruited over 50 soloists from army and police bands across Mexico to form his touring group. The band also included male and female vocalists and dancers. Its repertoire consisted of standard band arrangements of the day, as well as traditional Mexican music.

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The collection is open for research use.

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J.E. Roach Banda Mexicana Music Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment:


This collection has been minimally processed. A brief finding aid/inventory is available.