Mark Hindsley Collection
Mark Hindsley (1905-1999) was a band director, music instructor, author, and composer of band transcriptions. He spent much of his career at the University of Illinois where he directed the Marching Illini and was Professor of Music. In 1948, he became the Director of Bands at Illinois; he served in that position until his retirement in 1970. During his long and fruitful career, Hindsley wrote seven books and more than forty magazine articles about instrumental music. In order to make classical music compositions more widely available to band student, he created over seventy transcriptions.
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Mark Hindsley (1905-1999) was born and raised on a farm near Union City, Indiana. He began to study the cornet at the age of ten, joining family orchestras, Sunday school orchestras, and the city band. He attended Indiana University from 1921 until 1925, graduating with a degree in chemistry. While studying there, he served as the first chair cornet player and the student assistant band director. After graduation he became the university band director at Indiana University while he completed an M.A. in Music (1927). From 1929 until 1934, Hindsley was the director of instrumental music in the public schools of Cleveland Heights, increasing enrollment and winning a number of prizes while in that position.
In 1934, University of Illinois offered him a position as Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music. He would remain at University of Illinois until his retirement in 1970 with a brief hiatus from 1942 to 1946 while serving as a band director in the Army Air Forces. In 1946, Hindsley was elected president of the College Band Directors National Association. A decade later, in 1957, he became president of the American Bandmasters Association.
Throughout his career, Hindsley was in demand as a clinician; as a guest director and adjudicator he worked with local high school band students as well as professional bands around the world. He published seven books and wrote many articles and speeches about music education and band performance. He transcribed over 75 orchestral works for band, many of which were recorded by the University of Illinois Concert Band.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Mark Hindsley Collection covers the period from 1932 to 1993; the bulk dates are 1950 to 1975. The collection consists of personal papers, professional papers, and band transcriptions. The collection is organized into three series: (I) Professional Documents: University of Illinois papers and programs, guest conducting programs, adjudication programs, miscellaneous programs; (II) Personal Documents: Writings, Reviews, Awards, Photos, Correspondence and Memorabilia; (III) Transcriptions: Bach to Tchaikovsky.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The Hindsley materials were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries in June 1980 by Mark Hindsley.
Processed by Christina Taylor Gibson, May 2008.
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Arrangement of Collection
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Professional Papers, 1937-1982 (2 boxes)
This series contains papers relating to Hindsley's work as a band director. It contains documents and programs from his twenty-two year career at the University of Illinois as well as programs and papers relating to his work as a guest conductor and adjudicator. Especially instructive are the documents relating to his retirement from the University of Illinois in 1970, which give a sense for the band's repertoire during Hindsley's tenure. Guest conducting and adjudication programs and papers are from his work with high school and college students; they offer a snapshot of band music performance practices and repertoire in both types of institutions. Contents within folders are organized chronologically.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|University of Illinois Bands, Administrative Papers, 1950-1963||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|University of Illinois Bands, Notable Events, 1940-1980||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|University of Illinois Concert Band Programs, 1949-1970||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|University of Illinois Band Clinic Programs, 1950-1954||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|Guest Conducting and Teaching Programs, 1937-1967||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
|Guest Conducting and Teaching Programs, 1967-1983||series 1||box 1||folder 6|
|Contest Programs, Adjudicator, 1940-1982||series 1||box 2||folder 1|
|California Concert Programs, Visiting Professorship, 1976||series 1||box 2||folder 2|
|Programs, miscellaneous, 1953-1982||series 1||box 2||folder 3|
Series 2: Personal Papers, 1933-1988 (1 box)
This series consists of Hindsley's activities as a writer, his honored place in the band world, his correspondence with students and colleagues, and the attention he received in various publications. Contents within folders are organized chronologically.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Articles by Hindsley, 1946-1983||series 2||box 3||folder 1|
|Papers by Hindsley, 1973-1990||series 2||box 3||folder 2|
|Performance Practice writings and diagrams by Hindsley, undated||series 2||box 3||folder 3|
|Articles about Hindsley, 1932-1988||series 2||box 3||folder 4|
|The Hindsley Transcriptions: Reviews, Performances, and Recordings, 1974-1994||series 2||box 3||folder 5|
|Reviews: My Bands and I and Hindsley on Bands, 1980-1986||series 2||box 3||folder 6|
|Biographical Listings, 1937-ca.1975||series 2||box 3||folder 7|
|Photos, 1994||series 2||box 3||folder 8|
|Correspondence, 1963-1994||series 2||box 3||folder 9|
|Awards and Honors, 1933-1988||series 2||box 3||folder 10|
|Herbert J. Clarke Memorial, 1948||series 2||box 3||folder 11|
|Memorabilia and Other Material, 1972, undated||series 2||box 3||folder 12|
Series 3: Transcriptions, null (10 boxes)
This series consists of Hindsley's transcriptions for concert band, all undated. They are organized alphabetically by composer.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Bach, J.S. Air from D Major Suite||series 3||box 4||folder 1|
|Bach, J.S. Come Sweet Death||series 3||box 4||folder 2|
|Bach, J.S. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring||series 3||box 4||folder 3|
|Bach, J.S. Tocatta and Fugue in D minor||series 3||box 4||folder 4|
|Bach, J.S. and Johann Abert, Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue||series 3||box 4||folder 5|
|Beethoven, Ludwig van. Egmont Overture||series 3||box 4||folder 6|
|Beethoven, Ludwig van. Leonore No.3 Overture||series 3||box 4||folder 7|
|Borodin, Alexander. Polovetsian Dances from "Prince Igor"||series 3||box 4||folder 8|
|Brahms, Johannes. Academic Festival Overture||series 3||box 5||folder 1|
|Brahms, Johannes. Symphony No. 1 - First Movement||series 3||box 5||folder 2|
|Brahms, Johannes. Symphony No. 1 - Second and Third Movements||series 3||box 5||folder 3|
|Brahms, Johannes. Symphony No. 1 - Finale||series 3||box 5||folder 4|
|Brahms, Johannes. Variations on a Theme by Haydn||series 3||box 5||folder 5|
|Bruch, Max. Concerto for Violin, g minor||series 3||box 5||folder 6|
|Chabrier, Emmanuel. España Rhapsody||series 3||box 6||folder 1|
|Corelli, Archangelo. Christmas Concerto||series 3||box 6||folder 2|
|D'Albert, Eugen. The Improvisator Overture||series 3||box 6||folder 3|
|Debussy, Claude. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun||series 3||box 6||folder 4|
|Dukas, Paul. The Sorcerer's Apprentice||series 3||box 6||folder 5|
|Dvorak, Antonin. New World Symphony, Finale||series 3||box 6||folder 6|
|Glinka, Mikhail. Russlan and Ludmilla Overture||series 3||box 6||folder 7|
|Griffes, Charles. The White Peacock||series 3||box 6||folder 8|
|Handel, George Frederic. The Music for the Royal Fireworks||series 3||box 7||folder 1|
|Handel, George Frederic. The Where ere You Walk||series 3||box 7||folder 2|
|Hayn, Franz Joseph. The Military Symphony||series 3||box 7||folder 3|
|Liszt, Franz. The Les Preludes||series 3||box 7||folder 4|
|Mendelssohn, Felix. "Scherzo," The Midsummer Night's Dream||series 3||box 7||folder 5|
|Moussorgsky, Modest. The Night on Bare Mountain||series 3||box 8||folder 1|
|Moussorgsky, Modest. The Pictures of an Exhibition||series 3||box 8||folder 2|
|Ravel, Maurice. The Pavane||series 3||box 8||folder 3|
|Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. The Capriccio Espagnol||series 3||box 8||folder 4|
|Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. "Festival at Bagdad," The Scheherazade No. 4||series 3||box 8||folder 5|
|Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. "The Sea and Sinbad's Ship," The Scheherazade No. 1||series 3||box 8||folder 6|
|Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. "The Story of the Kalandar Prince," The Scheherazade No. 2||series 3||box 9||folder 1|
|Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. "The Young Prince and Princess," The Scheherazade No. 3||series 3||box 9||folder 2|
|Saint-Saens, Camile. The Danse Macabre||series 3||box 9||folder 3|
|Saint-Saens, Camile. The Marche Militaire Francaise||series 3||box 9||folder 4|
|Saint-Saens, Camile. The Organ Symphony No. 3 - First Movement||series 3||box 9||folder 5|
|Saint-Saens, Camile. The Organ Symphony No. 3 - Second Movement||series 3||box 9||folder 6|
|Saint-Saens, Camile. The Phaeton (Symphonic Poem)||series 3||box 9||folder 7|
|Schubert, Franz. The Rosamunde Overture||series 3||box 10||folder 1|
|Sibelius, Jean. The Finlandia||series 3||box 10||folder 2|
|Sousa, John Philip. The El Capitán||series 3||box 10||folder 3|
|Sousa, John Philip. The King Cotton||series 3||box 10||folder 4|
|Sousa, John Philip. The Manhattan Beach||series 3||box 10||folder 5|
|Sousa, John Philip. The Semper Fidelis||series 3||box 10||folder 6|
|Sousa, John Philip. The The Stars and Stripes Forever||series 3||box 10||folder 7|
|Strauss, Richard. The Don Juan||series 3||box 10||folder 8|
|Strauss, Richard. The A Hero's Life||series 3||box 11||folder 1|
|Strauss, Richard. The Salome's Dance||series 3||box 11||folder 2|
|Strauss, Richard. The Thus Spake Zarathustra||series 3||box 11||folder 3|
|Strauss, Richard. The Till Eulenspiegel||series 3||box 11||folder 4|
|Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Nutcracker Suite||series 3||box 11||folder 5|
|Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Overture 1812||series 3||box 12||folder 1|
|Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Romeo and Juliet||series 3||box 12||folder 2|
|Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Symphony No. 4 - Finale||series 3||box 12||folder 3|
|Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Symphony No. 5 - Second Movement||series 3||box 12||folder 4|
|Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Symphony No. 6 - First Movement||series 3||box 12||folder 5|
|Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Symphony No. 6 - Third Movement||series 3||box 12||folder 6|
|Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Violin Concerto||series 3||box 13||folder 1|
|Wagner, Richard. The Die Meistersinger||series 3||box 13||folder 2|
|Wagner, Richard. "Elsa's Procession," The Lohengrin||series 3||box 13||folder 3|
|Wagner, Richard. "Overture," The Flying Dutchman||series 3||box 13||folder 4|
|Wagner, Richard. Overture, The Rienzi||series 3||box 14||folder 1|
|Wagner, Richard. "Overture," The Tannhauser||series 3||box 14||folder 2|
|Wagner, Ricahrd. "Prelude" and "Love-Death," The Tristan and Isolde||series 3||box 14||folder 3|
|Weber, Carl Maria von. "Overture," The Euryanthe||series 3||box 14||folder 4|
|Weber, Carl Maria von. "Overture," The Oberan||series 3||box 14||folder 5|
United States Army Field Band. The Legacy of Mark Hindsley. Department of the Army, 2013. [ABA Recordings Collection, Compact Disc]
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Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- American Bandmasters Association.
- Arrangers (Musicians) -- United States.
- Band directors -- United States.
- Bands (Music) -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- College Band Directors National Association.
- Hindsley, Mark H. (Mark Hubert) -- Archives.
- Hindsley, Mark H. (Mark Hubert) -- Correspondence.
- Indiana University Bands.
- Music teachers -- United States.
- University of Illinois Symphonic Band.