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John Heney Collection

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Abstract

Title:
John Heney Collection
Author/Creator:
Heney, John Joseph
Collection number:
76-02-ABA
Size:
6.00 Linear Feet
Bulk dates:
1926-1976
Inclusive dates:
1885-1978
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
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: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

A percussionist, music educator, and historian, John Joseph Heney, Sr. (1903-1978) played with numerous bands throughout his career; most notably the Sousa Band during its final six years. In addition to playing professionally, Heney taught at numerous schools in the Florida area, including Ketterlinus High School, Stetson University, and DeLand High School, where he stayed for thirty-two years. A member of the Sousa Band Fraternal Society, Heney was elected as archivist in November of 1969. During his time as archivist, Heney attempted to collect memorabilia from Sousa's life in order to preserve the history of the Sousa Band and its members. This collection contains correspondence, publications, clippings, articles, scores, programs, contracts, diaries, scrapbooks, yearbooks, photographs, sound recordings, and memorabilia related to his career as a music educator, his involvement with the John Philip Sousa Band, and his interest in preserving Sousa's memory after the band leader's death.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

John Heney Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

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: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

John Joseph Heney, Sr. was born in 1903. Heney's professional band career began in 1924, when he joined the Royal Scotch Highlanders Band. He stayed with the Highlanders until 1925, when he joined McDonald's Highlanders Band (The Kilties), which he stayed with until 1926, the same year he joined the John Philip Sousa Band. Heney performed with the Sousa Band during its last six years, as one of three drummers and xylophone soloist. During this time, the Sousa Band was not the only one to enjoy Heney's company, however. Heney also performed with the Sells-Floto Circus Band (aka Montgomerys Concert Band), the Bertram W. Mills Olympia Circus Band, the Sparks Circus Band, the Hagenback-Wallace Circus Band, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus Band, the Medinah Circus and Carnival Band, the Tom Mix Circus and Wild West Show.

The same year Heney joined the Sousa Band, he moved to St. Augustine, Florida, where he became the Band Director at Ketterlinus High School. 1926 was a busy year for Heney. Also during that same year, Heney became the Bandmaster at Stetson University, a position that lasted until 1935, when he became Bandmaster at DeLand High School in DeLand, Florida. His employment as Bandmaster at DeLand lasted 32 years.

While Bandmaster at DeLand, Heney was also active in the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (NARD), the American Bandmasters Association (ABA), and the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), of which he was made an honorary life president in 1941. All of this activity earned Heney the title of "one of the true pioneers of the school band movement in America." (Heney, 46)

As his band directing career flourished, Heney still had time for other pursuits, such as running Heney's Superior Service Station, a local gas station, and the Heney School of Percussion, a private drum studio from which Heney gave lessons.

In 1934, Heney also wrote and published a book, entitled The Correct Way to Drum: A Treatise on the Material Used in Modern Drumming. Besides The Correct Way to Drum, Heney also published 23 musical compositions and a number of journal articles in his lifetime.

Heney spent time in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942 until 1945.

A member of the Sousa Band Fraternal Society, Heney was elected as archivist in November of 1969. During his time as archivist, Heney attempted to collect and preserve as much of the memorabilia from Sousa's life and the history of the Sousa Band and its members as was left in the personal collections of other Sousa Band members and their families. He attempted to ensure that Sousa's memory and music were remembered by consulting on projects to record Sousa's music in the present day and by pushing for Sousa's induction into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.

Heney died on September 1, 1978.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John J. Heney, Sr. Collection covers the period from 1885 to 1978; the bulk of the materials date from 1926 to 1976. The collection contains correspondence, publications, clippings, articles, scores, programs, contracts, diaries, scrapbooks, yearbooks, photographs, sound recordings, and memorabilia related to his career as a music educator, his involvement with the John Philip Sousa Band, and his interest in preserving Sousa's memory after the band leader's death.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

In December of 1978, the materials comprising the John J. Heney, Sr. Collection were donated by his wife to the American Bandmasters Association Research Center at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. In accordance with an agreement with Mr. Heney, his Sousa Band uniform was used in an open house at the ABA Research Center the last week of January, 1979 in commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the American Bandmaster's Association, and then sent to the Marine Museum at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Jennifer A. Thompson, May 1999. Revisited by Amanda May, August 2011.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Colleen McKnight, August 2007 and edited by Nicole Horstman, November 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1927-1978 and undated (1.25 linear feet)

This series contains correspondence related to John Heney, John Philip Sousa, the American Bandmasters Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Sousa Band Fraternal Society, the American School Band Directors Association, and circus bands. This series is divided into seven subseries based on those subjects.

Subseries 1.1: Personal, 1927-1977 (2 folders)

This subseries contains correspondence related to personal matters.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1927-1942series 1.1box 1folder 1
Personal Letters, 1977series 1.1box 1folder 2

Subseries 1.2: Sousa, 1973-1978 (4 folders)

This subseries contains correspondence related to John Philip Sousa.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Imp. Sousa Items (1 of 2), 1973-1974series 1.2box 1folder 3
Imp. Sousa Items (2 of 2), 1973-1974series 1.2box 1folder 4
Sousa Letters 1975, 1974-1978series 1.2box 1folder 5
Sousa Letters 1976, 1976-1977series 1.2box 1folder 6

Subseries 1.3: ABA, 1958-1977 (11 folders)

This subseries contains correspondence related to the American Bandmasters Association.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
ABA Correspondence (1 of 4), undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 1
ABA Correspondence (2 of 4), undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 2
ABA Correspondence (3 of 4), undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 3
ABA Correspondence (4 of 4), undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 4
ABA Correspondence (1 of 4), 1958-1974series 1.3box 3folder 1
ABA Correspondence (2 of 4), 1958-1974series 1.3box 3folder 2
ABA Correspondence (3 of 4), 1958-1974series 1.3box 3folder 3
ABA Correspondence (4 of 4), 1958-1974series 1.3box 3folder 4
ABA Correspondence 1975, 1976, 1977 (1), 1969-1977series 1.3box 3folder 5
ABA Correspondence 1975, 1976, 1977 (2), 1969-1977series 1.3box 3folder 6
ABA Correspondence 1975, 1976, 1977 (3), 1969-1977series 1.3box 4folder 1

Subseries 1.4: FBA, 1966-1976 (1 folder)

This subseries contains correspondence related to the Florida Bandmasters Assocation.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Personnel Letters, 1966-1976series 1.4box 4folder 2

Subseries 1.5: SBFS, 1923-1976 (5 folders)

This subseries contains correspondence related to the Sousa Band Fraternal Society.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sousa Band Fraternal Society, 1923-1976series 1.5box 4folder 3
Sousa Band Fraternal Society, 1926-1965series 1.5box 4folder 4
Sousa Band Fraternal Society, 1927-1975series 1.5box 4folder 5
Sousa Band Fraternal Society, 1952-1966series 1.5box 4folder 6
Important Sousa letters to be filed with my personal letters or kept separate just as you wish, 1970-1972series 1.5box 5folder 1

Subseries 1.6: ASBDA, undated (1 folder)

This subseries contains correspondence related to the American School Band Directors Assocation.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Carr, undatedseries 1.6box 5folder 2

Subseries 1.7: Circus, 1919-1947 (1 folder)

This subseries contains correspondence related to the circus.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Circus, 1919-1947series 1.7box 5folder 3

Series 2: Newspaper Clippings, 1923-1976 and undated (3 folders)

This series contains newspaper articles featuring Heney and Sousa.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Forgotten Sousa Cemetery, 1923, 1976 and undated series 2box 5folder 4
Loose Clippings, Jan. 3/6, 1930 and undated series 2box 5folder 5
Sousa Wrote his Famous Post March Washington Post, 12/6/37 series 2box 5folder 6

Series 3: Newspapers, 1929-1931 (17 folders)

This series contains newspapers featuring articles about Heney and Sousa.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
A Good Sign, St. Augustine Evening Record 9/21/29 p.4, 09/21/29 series 3box 5folder 7
Business is Good Ad, St. Augustine Evening Record 9/23/29 p.2, 09/23/29 series 3box 5folder 8
Business is Good Ad, St. Augustine Evening Record 10/2/29 p.2, 10/02/29 series 3box 5folder 9
John P. Sousa Twice Scores Hit, Binghamton Sun 8/31/31 p.12, 08/31/31 series 3box 5folder 10
Sousa and Band Here Today, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader 8/31/31 p.21, 08/31/31 series 3box 5folder 11
Sousa Varies Band Program, Wilkes-Barre Record 9/1/31 p.13, 17, 09/01/31 series 3box 5folder 12
Piers, Atlantic City Evening Union 9/2/31 p.8, 09/02/31 series 3box 6folder 1
Piers, Atlantic City Evening Union 9/3/31 p.11, 09/03/31 series 3box 6folder 2
Piers, Atlantic City Press 9/2/31 p.7, 09/02/31 series 3box 6folder 3
Shore Amusements, Atlantic City Evening Union 9/8/31 p.6, 09/08/31 series 3box 6folder 4
Ringling Bros Ad, Atlanta Journal 9/9/31 p.25, 09/09/31 series 3box 6folder 5
Another Circus to Exhibit Here, Twin City Sentinel 9/9/31 p.14, 09/09/31 series 3box 6folder 6
Heney Returns St. Augustine Evening Record 9/11/31 back, 09/11/31 series 3box 6folder 7
St. Augustine Man Back Florida Times-Union 9/12/31 p.2, 09/12/31 series 3box 6folder 8
Justice for Genius, The Etude Nov. 1937 pp.703-704, 11/37 series 3box 6folder 9
Sousa Band [Fraternal] Society News, 1945-1975 series 3box 6folder 10
Sousa Band [Fraternal] Society News, 1945-1975 series 3box 6folder 11

Series 4: Journals, 1937-1977 (11 folders)

This series contains clippings from and whole issues of journals and magazines. Included is a complete run of The Florida Bandmaster from 1939 to 1977.

Subseries 4.1: The Florida Bandmaster, 1939-1977 (8 folders)

This subseries contains materials related to Heney's work with The Florida Bandmaster.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
The Florida Bandmaster, 1939-1946series 4.1box 7folder 1
The Florida Bandmaster, 1947-1949series 4.1box 7folder 2
The Florida Bandmaster, 1950-1953series 4.1box 7folder 3
The Florida Bandmaster, 1954-1956series 4.1box 7folder 4
The Florida Bandmaster, 1957-1959series 4.1box 7folder 5
The Florida Bandmaster, 1960-1962series 4.1box 7folder 6
The Florida Bandmaster, 1963-1965series 4.1box 8folder 1
The Florida Bandmaster, 1966-1977series 4.1box 8folder 2

Series 5: Printed Music, 1911-1976 and undated (10 folders)

This series contains music from Heneys collection.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Heney, John J. "The Gliding Girl" John Philip Sousa, 1974 series 5box 8folder 3
Heney, John J. Stars [and Stripes Forever] Interlude, 1976 series 5box 8folder 4
McLellan, C.M.S. and Ivan Caryll, The Pink Lady. (New York, NY: Chappell and Co. Ltd, 1911 series 5box 8folder 5
Meuser, G. Jahemen Rhapsody, undated series 5box 8folder 6
Niles, John Jacob. I Wonder As I Wander. New York, NY: Schirmer, 1934, 1944 series 5box 8folder 7
Yoder, Paul and Roselyn, A Family Christmas Album (New York, NY: Charles Hansen Music and Books, undated series 5box 8folder 8
Bibo, Irving. March of the Blues. Arr. John Philip Sousa. Introduced by Sousa and his band. New York, NY: Bibo, Bloedon and Lang, 1927. 44 parts., 1927 series 5box 8folder 9
Donnelly, Dorothy. My Maryland. Music by Sigmund Romberg. New York, NY: Harms, 1927 series 5box 8folder 10
Sousa, John Philip, Hands Across the Sea. The John Church Company, 1899. Piano. Oversize., 1899 series 5box 12folder 1
Troubetzkoy, Princess. My Laddie. Music by W.A. Thayer. New York, NY: Schirmer, 1906 series 5box 12folder 3
Smith, Robert B. and Raymond Hubbell, Life is a See Saw from A Knight for a Day (New York, NY: Chas, K. Harris, 1906 series 5box 12folder 4

Series 6: Miscellaneous Publications, 1934-1956 and undated (4 folders)

This series contains books written by Heney and Sousa, as well as a drum instruction book.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Heney, John J. The Correct Way to Drum (St. Augustine, FL: Heney School of Percussion, 1934 series 6box 8folder 11
Howard, Colonel George S., U.S. Air Force Tour of the Far East, 1956 [personal log], 1956 series 6box 8folder 12
Ludwig, W.F. My Life at the Drums, undated series 6box 8folder 13
Sousa, John Philip. A Book of Instruction for the Field-Trumpet and Drum. Chicago: Drum Co., 1954 series 6box 8folder 14

Series 7: Programs, 1924-1947 and undated (7 folders)

This series contains programs from Sousa performances, American Bandmasters Association concerts, Florida college and high school band performances, and a Harry Houdini performance.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Pryor Program Set, 1924-1925 series 7box 8folder 15
Concert Flyers/Programs, 1927-1931 and undated series 7box 8folder 16
Programs, March 1974. ABA-JBA, 03/74 series 7box 8folder 17
Florida State School Band Contest, April 4-6, 1940 series 7box 9folder 1
Orlando Senior High Symphonic Band, Feb. 4, 1947 series 7box 9folder 2
National Intercollegiate Bands, Aug. 31, 1967 series 7box 9folder 3
Houdini Souvenir Program, 1926-1927 series 7box 9folder 4

Series 8: Photographs, 1885-1970 (8 folders)

This series contains photographs relating to the Sousa Band, other professional bands, college and high school bands, the American Bandmasters Association and other professional organizations, and John Heney and his family and friends.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sousa Band, 1922-1931 and undated series 8box 9folder 5
Professional Bands (Non-Sousa), 1885-1949 and undated series 8box 9folder 6
High School Bands, 1942-1958 and undated series 8box 9folder 7
College Bands, 1937-1969 series 8box 9folder 8
John Heney Conducting, 1940-1969 series 8box 9folder 9
ABA, 1943-1970 series 8box 9folder 10
Professional Activities [Non-ABA], 1940-1953 series 8box 9folder 11
Family, 1923 and undated series 8box 9folder 12

Series 9: Contracts, 1926-1939 (2 folders)

This series contains two contracts.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Contract for Traveling Members of A.F. of M., June 10, 1926 series 9box 9folder 13
Agreement between Florida Bandmasters Ass. and the City of Miami, October 1939 series 9box 9folder 14

Series 10: Diaries, 1926 (1 folder)

This series contains a tour diary from 1926.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Tour Diary and Budget Account, 1926 series 10box 9folder 15

Series 11: Scrapbooks, 1919-1926 (4 folders)

This series contains four scrapbooks of news clippings and photographs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Edward J. Heney Scrapbook, 1919-1922 series 11box 9folder 16
Clippings Scrapbook, 1926 series 11box 9folder 17
Scrapbook, Deland Band, 1922-1923 series 11box 10folder 1
Scrapbook [Royal Scotch Highlanders Band, 1925 series 11box 10folder 2

Series 12: Yearbooks, 1931-1940 (2 folders)

This series contains yearbooks from the National Music Camp.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
The Overture: 1931 Yearbook of the National Music Camp, 1931 series 12box 10folder 3
National Music Camp Souvenir Picture Book, 1940 series 12box 10folder 4

Series 13: Memorabilia, 1910-1978 (10 folders)

This series contains Heney and Sousa memorabilia, including postcards, clippings, certificates, business cards, and a Sousa cigar.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
For John Heney, 1941-1964 series 13box 10folder 5
Certificates, 1950-1951, 1959 series 13box 10folder 6
Postcards Blank, undated series 13box 10folder 7
Sousa Miscellaneous Things, 1910-1978 series 13box 10folder 8
Sousa Clippings, 1924-1971 series 13box 10folder 9
Sousa Routes, 1926, 1928-1929 series 13box 10folder 10
Sousa, 1950-1973 series 13box 10folder 11
Sousa Cigar, undated series 13box 10folder 12
Sousa Stage in the Concert Hall of Kennedy Center, undated series 13box 10folder 13
Supplement to the New York Musical Courier December 29, 1897. Prominent Artists of Chicago, and Chicago Orchestra, Theodore Thomas, Conductor., December 29, 1897 series 13box 12folder 2

Series 14: Sound Recordings, 1970 (2 items)

This series contains a CD and a magnetic tape of a recording from February 17, 1970.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Sound Recordings, 1970 series 14box 11folder 1
Compact Disc, John J. Heney, Sr." Original Sousa Net, February 17, 1970 series 14box 11folder 1item 1.0
Audiotape, Original Sousa Net", February 17, 1970 series 14box 11folder 1item 2.0

Related Material

Berger, Kenneth, ed. "John J(oseph) Heney," Band Encyclopedia (Kent, Ohio: Band Associates, Inc., 1960), p.107.

Fortes, Jack F., "'I remember Sousa,' an interview with J.J. Heney, only surviving drummer with the 'March King's' great band," National Retired Teachers Association Journal. March-April 1976, pp.25-26.

Heney, Sr., John J., "On the Road with the Sousa Band," The School Musician. August-September 1976, pp.46-48.

"Heney Returns After Playing in Sousa Band," St. Augustine Evening Record. September 11, 1931, p.6.

The Overture, Opus 4: 1931 Year Book National Music Camp, formerly National High School Orchestra and Band Camp (Interlochen, Michigan: National Music Camp, 1931).

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