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C. William Johnson Collection

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Abstract

Title:
C. William Johnson Collection
Author/Creator:
Johnson, C. William
Collection number:
11-103-ABA
Size:
3.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1950-1981
Inclusive dates:
1950-2013
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:

Charles William Johnson (1928-2013), a music educator, served as the Band Director of the Oxon Hill Senior High School Band from 1952 to 1981. During his time as Band director, Johnson led the OHHS Band in performances at many prestigious national clinics and festivals, including the Mid-West National Band Clinic and the 1964 Worlds Fair. In addition to serving as Band Director, Johnson was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association in 1964, an honor typically reserved for college and university conductors. The collection consists of materials from both Oxon Hill High School and Johnsons involvement with ABA, including correspondence, programs, photographs, clippings, awards, recordings, and other ephemera, as well as personal correspondence and items from the memorial held for Johnson following his death in 2013.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

C. William Johnson 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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301.405.9220, Email: vnovara@umd.edu

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Charles William Johnson (1928-2013) was the Band Director of the Oxon Hill Senior High School Band from 1952 until his retirement in 1981. Born in Powhatan Point, Ohio in 1928, Johnson was raised in Quaker City, Ohio and graduated from Quaker City High School in 1945. During World War II he served in the Navy as Seaman First Class sonar specialist, and later graduated in 1951 with a degree in music education from what is now know as Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Following graduation he taught band, chorus, and English at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, VA.

In 1952, Johnson was appointed band director of the Oxon Hill Senior High School Band in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Under Johnsons leadership, the band quickly became one of the top programs in the region. In 1958, he hosted the first band festival in Prince Georges County, and two years later he founded and served as the first president of the Maryland Band Directors Association. As Band Director, C. William Johnson led the school in performances at prominent national clinics and festivals, including the 1962 Mid-West National Band Clinic in Chicago, Illinois and the 1964 Worlds Fair held in New York.

In 1964 Johnson was elected into the American Bandmasters Association, from which he would later resign in 2010. He served as Band Director at Oxon Hill High School until his retirement in 1981, and his former students organized an Alumni Band Association and held reunions in his honor in 2000, 2002, and 2004 to celebrate the contribution he had made.

C. William Johnson married Nancy Faye Pyles on August 17, 1957, and had three children, Susan Johnson Barbour, David Johnson, and Dennis William Johnson. Diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, Johnson passed away on March 27, 2013 in League City, Texas.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The C. William Johnson Collection covers the period from 1950 to 2013; the bulk of materials date from 1950 to 1981. The bulk of the collection is related to Johnsons time as Band Director of the Oxon Hill High School Band, and includes correspondence, programs, photographs, clippings, awards, and recordings. Also included in the collection are correspondence, programs, and an induction certificate from the American Bandmasters Association, as well as photographs and personal items from Johnsons Memorial Service following his death in 2013.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of C. William Johnson, received in 2011. Additional materials were donated in 2013 by Alumni of the Oxon Hill High School Band.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Nicole Horstman, July 2013

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, July 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Oxon Hill High School, 1951-2004 and undated (3.00 linear feet)

This series contains materials related to C. William Johnsons time as Band Director of the Oxon Hill Senior High School Band.

Subseries 1.1: Correspondence, 1956-2004 and undated (2 folders)

This subseries contains correspondence to C. William Johnson during his position as Band Director at OHHS. Included are multiple letters of congratulations regarding the OHHA Band performance at the Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1961, as well as correspondence congratulating him on 25 years of service. Additional correspondence includes RSVPs to the Alumni Band Associations Reunions held in his honor in 2000, 2002, and 2004. Items in this subseries are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Oxon Hill High School Correspondence, 1956-2000 and undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 1
Oxon Hill High School Alumni Band Association Reunion Correspondence, 2000-2004series 1.1box 1folder 2

Subseries 1.2: Programs, 1950-1984 (33 folders)

This subseries contains programs from OHHS Band performances. Programs are arranged chronologically by school year.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Oxon Hill High School - 30th Year Class Reunion, 1984series 1.2box 1folder 3
Oxon Hill High School Annotated Program Index, 1950-1981series 1.2box 1folder 4
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1951-1952series 1.2box 1folder 5
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1952-1953series 1.2box 1folder 6
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1953-1954series 1.2box 1folder 7
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1954-1955series 1.2box 1folder 8
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1955-1956series 1.2box 1folder 9
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1956-1957series 1.2box 1folder 10
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1957-1958series 1.2box 1folder 11
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1958-1959series 1.2box 1folder 12
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1959-1960series 1.2box 1folder 13
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1960-1961series 1.2box 1folder 14
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1961-1962series 1.2box 1folder 15
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1962-1963series 1.2box 1folder 16
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1963-1964series 1.2box 1folder 17
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1964-1965series 1.2box 1folder 18
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1965-1966series 1.2box 1folder 19
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1966-1967series 1.2box 1folder 20
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1967-1968series 1.2box 1folder 21
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1968-1969series 1.2box 1folder 22
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1969-1970series 1.2box 1folder 23
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1970-1971series 1.2box 1folder 24
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1971-1972series 1.2box 1folder 25
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1972-1973series 1.2box 1folder 26
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1973-1974series 1.2box 1folder 27
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1974-1975series 1.2box 1folder 28
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1975-1976series 1.2box 1folder 29
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1976-1977series 1.2box 1folder 30
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1977-1978series 1.2box 1folder 31
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1978-1979series 1.2box 1folder 32
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1979-1980series 1.2box 1folder 33
Oxon Hill High School Band Programs, 1980-1981series 1.2box 1folder 34
Oxon Hill High School Band Brochure, 1980series 1.2box 1folder 35
Oxon Hill High School Miscellaneous Programs, 1972-1973series 1.2box 1folder 36

Subseries 1.3: Photographs, 1950-1981 and undated (32 folders and 1 item)

This subseries contains photographs and rosters of the OHHS Band from each season Johnson was Band Director. Items in this subseries are arranged chronologically by school year.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1950-1951series 1.3box 1folder 37
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1951-1952series 1.3box 1folder 38
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1952-1953series 1.3box 1folder 39
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1953-1954series 1.3box 1folder 40
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1954-1955series 1.3box 1folder 41
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1955-1956series 1.3box 1folder 42
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1956-1957series 1.3box 1folder 43
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1957-1958series 1.3box 1folder 44
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1958-1959series 1.3box 1folder 45
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1959-1960series 1.3box 1folder 46
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1960-1961series 1.3box 1folder 47
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1961-1962series 1.3box 1folder 48
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1962-1963series 1.3box 1folder 49
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1963-1964series 1.3box 1folder 50
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1964-1965series 1.3box 1folder 51
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1965-1966series 1.3box 1folder 52
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1966-1967series 1.3box 1folder 53
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1967-1968series 1.3box 1folder 54
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1968-1969series 1.3box 1folder 55
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1969-1970series 1.3box 1folder 56
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1970-1971series 1.3box 1folder 57
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1971-1972series 1.3box 1folder 58
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1972-1973series 1.3box 1folder 59
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1973-1974series 1.3box 1folder 60
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1974-1975series 1.3box 1folder 61
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1975-1976series 1.3box 1folder 62
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1976-1977series 1.3box 1folder 63
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1977-1978series 1.3box 1folder 64
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1978-1979series 1.3box 1folder 65
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1979-1980series 1.3box 1folder 66
Oxon Hill High School Band Photos, 1980-1981series 1.3box 1folder 67
Oxon Hill High School Miscellaneous Band Photos, undatedseries 1.3box 1folder 68
Photo of the Oxon Hill High School Band with C. William Johnson at the Mid-West National Band Clinic, Chicago, Ill., December 21, 1961series 1.3box 3folder 1

Subseries 1.4: Articles/Clippings, 1953-2000 (3 folders and 1 item)

This subseries contains articles and newspaper clippings about the Oxon Hill high School Band. Clippings include articles from various newspapers, as well as issues of the Prince Georges County Newsletter and The Searchlight, the newspaper of OHHS. Additionally, included in this subseries is a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings from 1971 to 1972 compiled by Evelyn K. Bartelt, the Publicity Chairman of the Oxon Hill Band Boosters, and presented to C. William Johnson following the season. Items within this subseries are arranged according to publication.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Oxon Hill High School The Searchlight: Articles, 1953-1965series 1.4box 1folder 69
Oxon Hill High School Prince Georges County Newsletter: Articles, 1973-1981series 1.4box 1folder 70
Oxon Hill High School Newspaper Clippings, 1956-2000series 1.4box 1folder 71
Oxon Hill High School Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles/Clippings, 1971-1972series 1.4box 2folder 1
Oxon Hill High School The Washington Post Potomac High School Band Gets a Hand, November 19, 1961series 1.4box 2folder 2
Oxon Hill High School - The School Musician: Director and Teacher, November 1971series 1.4box 2folder 3

Subseries 1.5: Awards, 1956-1993 and undated (4 folders and 7 items)

This subseries contains certificates and awards given to C. William Johnson, the Oxon Hill High School Band, and individual band members during Johnsons tenure as Band Director. Included in this subseries are the awards given to Johnson in recognition of 25 years of service, as well as the Maryland Band Director Award presented to him upon his retirement.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Oxon Hill High School - MMEA Hall of Fame Award, 1993series 1.5box 1folder 72
Oxon Hill High School Awards to Margaret Knox, 1956-1960series 1.5box 1folder 73
Oxon Hill High School Awards Received by C. William Johnson and the OHHS Band, 1972-1981series 1.5box 2folder 4
Oxon Hill High School- Lions Club Contest and Festival Certificates, 1960-1964series 1.5box 2folder 5
Certificate of Service presented by the Oxon Hill Lions Club, undatedseries 1.5box 2folder 6
In Appreciation of Professional Service to the Students of Oxon Hill High School, 1967series 1.5box 2folder 7
Outstanding Educator, Prince Georges County Public Schools, 1976-1977series 1.5box 2folder 8
Award of Recognition of 25 years of service, presented by the Oxon Hill Lions Club, May 13, 1977series 1.5box 2folder 9
Award Upon Retirement from P.G. Co. Public Schools, from the Mathematical Probability Club, 1981series 1.5box 2folder 10
The MAC Award Honor (name has been removed), undatedseries 1.5box 2folder 11
Maryland Band Director Award presented to William Johnson, February 27, 1982series 1.5box 4folder 2

Subseries 1.6: A History of Oxon Hill Senior High School, 1967 (1 item)

This subseries contains one copy of A History of Oxon Hill Senior High School, by Loren Allen Matthews, a teacher of Social Studies, published in 1967. Information for the book was collected from newspaper articles, personal interviews and letters from former teachers and administrators, and minutes of P.T.A. meetings, among other sources. C. William Johnson is included as a personal interview.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
History of Oxon Hill Senior High School, 1967series 1.6box 1folder 74

Subseries 1.7: Recordings, 1951-2004 and undated (38 items)

This subseries consists of recordings of the OHHS band recorded during various performances from Johnsons tenure as Band Director. Included in the subseries are 10 CDS transferred from 33 LPs in 2000, 2 CDS transferred from reel tape in 2001, 5 CDs transferred from cassette tape in 2011, and 2 CDS and 3 DVDS of Grand Reunions of the OHHS Band. Originals of the recordings are not included in the collection. Accompanying these transfers is a detailed catalog of track listings and recording information. Also included are additional recordings of performances of the OHHA Band outside of the regular season, including performances at the Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1961 and the Mid-West Instrumental Music Conference in 1968.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Catalog of Recorded Music, OHHS Concert Band and OHHS Alumni Band Association, 1951-2004series 1.7box 1folder 75
CD: Catalog #1, 1958-1959series 1.7box 1folder 76
CD: Catalog #2, 1959-1960series 1.7box 1folder 77
CD: Catalog #3, 1960-1961series 1.7box 1folder 78
CD: Catalog #4 15th Annual MWNBOC December 21, 1973, 1961-1962series 1.7box 1folder 79
CD: Catalog #5, 1962-1963series 1.7box 1folder 80
CD: Catalog #6, 1965-1966series 1.7box 1folder 81
CD: Catalog #7 Mid-East Instrumental Music Conference April 7, 1968, 1967-1968series 1.7box 1folder 82
CD: Catalog #8 Forward March, 1970-1971series 1.7box 1folder 83
CD: Catalog #9, 1972-1973series 1.7box 1folder 84
CD: Catalog #10 27th Annual MWNBOC December 20, 1973, 1973-1974series 1.7box 1folder 85
CD: Catalog #11 The United States Marine Band, Original Recordingsfrom Open Reel Tape Transferred to CD in 2011, undatedseries 1.7box 1folder 86
CD: Catalog #12 Pops Concert 1963, 1963-1964series 1.7box 1folder 87
CD: Catalog #13 Christmas Concert 1963, 1963-1964series 1.7box 1folder 88
CD: Catalog #14, Original Live Recordings from Cassette Transferred to CD in 2011, 1971-1972series 1.7box 1folder 89
CD: Catalog #15, 1972-1973series 1.7box 1folder 90
CD: Catalog #16, State Festival April 14, 1973, 1972-1973series 1.7box 1folder 91
CD: Catalog #17 22nd Annual Spring Concert May 17-18, 1973 (cassette 1), 1972-1973series 1.7box 1folder 92
CD: Catalog #18 22nd Annual Spring Concert May 17-18, 1973 (cassette 2), 1972-1973series 1.7box 1folder 93
CD: Catalog #19 The Grand Reunions: The First Reunion in October 2000, 2000series 1.7box 1folder 94
DVD: Catalog #20 The Chowder and Recital Society Clarinet Quartet, undatedseries 1.7box 1folder 95
CD: Catalog #21 The Second Grand Reunion in October 2002, 2002series 1.7box 1folder 96
DVD: Catalog #22 Reunion Slide Show, 2001series 1.7box 1folder 97
DVD: Catalog #23 The Reunion DVD, 2004series 1.7box 1folder 98
5 Reel: Untitled, undatedseries 1.7box 2folder 12
5 Reel: State Band Festival and OHHS Concert, 1966series 1.7box 2folder 13
7 Reel: State Festival, May 11, 1974series 1.7box 2folder 14
7 Reel: Untitled, undatedseries 1.7box 2folder 15
7 Reel: OHHS Band Pops Concert, 1972series 1.7box 2folder 16
7 Reel: Meditation from Thais and Othello- Verdi, undatedseries 1.7box 2folder 17
7 Reel: OHHS A Symphonic Concert, March 11-12, 1976series 1.7box 2folder 18
7 Reel: Reel of OHHS Recordings from Mary McLean to Dr. Weimer, undatedseries 1.7box 2folder 19
7 Reel: Freds Solo in OHHS Band Concert, undatedseries 1.7box 2folder 20
7 Reel: Sue Johnson, Misc. Recordings, undatedseries 1.7box 2folder 21
7 Reel: Untitled, undatedseries 1.7box 2folder 22
7 Reel: Untitled and unboxed, undatedseries 1.7box 2folder 23
7 Reel: Untitled and unboxed, undatedseries 1.7box 2folder 24
Cassette: Alan Eahe (?) 50s, undatedseries 1.7box 2folder 25
LP: Oxon Hill Senior High School Band at the Mid-West National Band Clinic, December 21, 1961series 1.7box 4folder 3
LP: 27th Annual Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic, 1973series 1.7box 4folder 4
LP: Oxon Hill Senior High School Band Presents Forward March!, 1970-1971series 1.7box 4folder 5
LP: Oxon Hill High School Band, 1972-1973series 1.7box 4folder 6
LP: The Oxon Hill Senior High School at the Mid-West Instrumental Music Conference, April 7, 1968series 1.7box 4folder 7
LP: Oxon Hill Senior High School Band Spring Concert, 1959series 1.7box 4folder 8

Subseries 1.8: Ephemera, 1954-1961 and undated (2 folders and 1 item)

This subseries contains miscellaneous items from Johnsons years as Band Director, including ticket stubs and a braided shoulder cord from a band uniform.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
6th and 7th Annual Band & Majorette Contest Tickets, 1954-1955series 1.8box 1folder 99
Gold braided shoulder cord, undatedseries 1.8box 2folder 26
Oxon Hill High School - Autographed Photo and LP Cover, 1959series 1.8box 2folder 27

Series 2: American Bandmasters' Association, 1964-1983 and undated (7 folders)

This series contains correspondence to C. William Johnson during his time spent as member of the American Bandmasters Association. Also included are various convention materials from annual conferences, and a certificate from Johnsons induction into the ABA.

Subseries 2.1: Correspondence, 1964-1983 and undated (1 folder)

This subseries contains correspondence to Johnson regarding his membership in the American Bandmasters Association. Included in this subseries is the Western Union Telegram informing Johnson of his selection into the ABA. Additional correspondence relates primarily to the ABA newsletter. Materials in this subseries are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Bandmasters Association Correspondence, 1964-1983 and undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 100

Subseries 2.2: Programs, 1965-1983 (5 folders)

This subseries contains materials from four annual conventions held by the American Bandmasters Association and attended by Johnson. Materials in this subseries are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Bandmasters Association 31st Annual Convention, March 3-6, 1965series 2.2box 1folder 101
American Bandmasters Association Annual Banquet, March 6, 1965series 2.2box 1folder 102
American Bandmasters Association 39th Annual Convention, February 28-March 3, 1973series 2.2box 1folder 103
American Bandmasters Association 48th Annual Convention, March 2-7, 1982series 2.2box 1folder 104
American Bandmasters Association 49th Annual Convention, March 1-6, 1983series 2.2box 1folder 105

Subseries 2.3: Awards, 1964 (1 folder)

This subseries contains the Certificate from Johnsons induction into the American Bandmasters Association on March 6, 1964.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Bandmasters Association Induction Certificate, March 6, 1964series 2.3box 1folder 106

Series 3: Personal, 1964-2013 (4 folders)

This series contains materials from Johnson's personal life, including personal correspondence and memorial materials from after his death.

Subseries 3.1: Correspondence, 1964-2002 (1 folder)

This subseries contains correspondence not otherwise related to Johnsons position as Band Director or membership in ABA. Items are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Personal Correspondence, 1964-2002series 3.1box 1folder 107

Subseries 3.2: Memorial for C. William Johnson, 1971, 2013 and undated (3 folders)

This subseries contains materials utilized at the memorial for C. William Johnson following his death in 2013. Items in this collection include a series of photographs of Johnson contained in plastic sleeves that were originally held in a three-ring binder at the memorial service for guests to look through. Also included in this subseries are programs from the service, as well as a poem written by Virginia Zuleive in 1971 in honor of 20 years of service at OHHS.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
In Memorium Memorial Programs, 2013series 3.2box 1folder 108
C. William Johnson, a poem by Virginia Zulieve, 1971series 3.2box 1folder 109
Memorial Photograph Collection of C. William Johnson (in original sleeves from binder), undatedseries 3.2box 1folder 110

Series 4: Scores, undated (.50 linear feet)

This series contains scores of music composed by C. William Johnson, including the Alma Mater of Oxon Hill High School.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Alumni March by Bill Johnson, Original parts/Full set printed score, undated series 4box 3folder 1
Band Boosters March by William Johnson, Copy of condensed score, undated series 4box 3folder 2
OHHS Alma Mater from Matt Dadzinski, Original Score, undated series 4box 3folder 3
OHHS Alma Mater by Bill Johnson, Manuscript, undated series 4box 3folder 4
Forward March by William Johnson, Partial full score manuscript, undated series 4box 3folder 5
Forward March by William Johnson, Full Score, undated series 4box 3folder 6
Free State March by William Johnson, undated series 4box 4folder 9

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