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Herbert Hazelman Collection


Herbert Hazelman Collection
Hazelman, Herbert
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5.00 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:

Herbert Hazelman (1913-2007) was an American band director, composer, and music educator. Hazelman is best known for his 42-year tenure as director of the Greensboro (Grimsley) North Carolina Senior High School Bands. He was responsible for numerous premiere performances of band music and made more than 150 recordings with school ensembles. He was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1951. The collection consists of recorded performances, concert programs, correspondence, clippings, writings, educational materials including evaluations and contracts, publications, conference materials, travel itineraries, and photographs.

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Historical Note

Herbert Hazelman is best known for his 42-year tenure as the director of the Greensboro (Grimsley) North Carolina Senior High School Bands (Greensboro Senior High School became Grimsley High School in 1962). In 1925, Greensboro schools' music supervisor, Glenn Gildersleeve, appointed the World War I Army Band clarinetist H. Grady Miller to organize an instrumental music program at Greensboro High School. Miller was elevated to music supervisor in 1926, the same year that Earl Slocum joined the faculty to create an orchestral program. The Great Depression forced the curtailment of the Greensboro music program in 1933, however, the band carried on informally under the direction of English teacher Edward Tannenbaum. In 1936 Herbert Hazelman was appointed as the sole instrumental music teaching force for the Greensboro schools. By 1963 the music faculty had grown to 12 full-time and 2 part-time instrumental music teachers, all under Hazelman's supervision.

In 1963, Hazelman listed a series of "firsts" achieved by the Greensboro (Grimsley) Senior High School Band. These included being the first band from North Carolina to appear at the Mid-West National Band Clinic in Chicago, the first use of the "twin-band" marching style in North Carolina, the first high school band to have a balanced clarinet choir, the first to have a regularly scheduled television broadcast series, and the first to perform for the Canadian Bandmasters Association.

During the years covered by the collection (1946-1978), several different Greensboro (Grimsley) Senior High School bands appear. By 1963 the names of these bands seems to have stabilized, with Hazelman directing the Symphony Band, and Edgar Q. Rooker conducting the Concert Band. By 1970 a Stage Band was added under the direction of Charles Murph and Kenneth Sampson (this was changed to the Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Band by 1975). Prior to 1963 we find references to a Training Band, an Activities Band, and a Concert "B" Band, all conducted by various members of the band staff. During these early years, Hazelman's ensemble is usually called the Concert Band. Most of the collection's recordings contain only the performances of Hazelman's ensembles.

Hazelman was responsible for a number of first performances, most notably of pieces by M. Thomas Cousins and John Barnes Chance. Chance was a Ford Foundation Young Composer at Greensboro between 1960 and 1962, while Cousins was associated with the school in 1959 to 1969. In addition, the Greensboro Bands premiered Gunther Schuller's Meditation for Concert Band as well as several of Hazelman's own compositions and arrangements.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Herbert Hazelman Collection covers the period from 1931 to 2001. The collection consists of recorded performances, concert programs, correspondence, clippings, writings, educational materials including evaluations and contracts, publications, conference materials, travel itineraries, and photographs related to his career as the band director at Greensboro (Grimsley) North Carolina Senior High School, where he taught for over 40 years.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The collection was given by Herbert Hazelman in 1984 and 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Patrick Warfield, March 2002. Revised by Amanda May, August 2011.

Encoded by:

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

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1936-1996 and undated (0.75 linear feet)

This series contains letters to Hazelman, mostly regarding his teaching activities in North Carolina. A few letters concern Hazelman's own publications, and his enlistment in the United States military.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1936-1939 series 1box 1folder 1
Correspondence, 1940-1944 series 1box 1folder 2
Correspondence, 1945-1949 series 1box 1folder 3
Correspondence, 1950-1954 series 1box 1folder 4
Correspondence, 1955-1959 series 1box 1folder 5
Correspondence, 1960-1964 series 1box 1folder 6
Correspondence, 1965-1969 series 1box 1folder 7
Correspondence, 1970-1979 series 1box 1folder 8
Correspondence, 1980-1989 series 1box 1folder 9
Correspondence, 1990-1996 series 1box 2folder 1
Correspondence, undated series 1box 2folder 2

Series 2: Press Clippings, 1932-1999 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series contains newspaper and periodical clippings, mostly relating to Hazelman's teaching activities in North Carolina. A few clippings are of music columns Hazelman wrote himself, and several concern his interest in trains.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clippings, 1932-1938 series 2box 2folder 3
Clippings, 1940-1942 series 2box 2folder 4
Clippings, 1951-1958 series 2box 2folder 5
Clippings, 1960-1967 series 2box 2folder 6
Clippings, 1970-1979 series 2box 2folder 7
Clippings, 1980-1989 series 2box 2folder 8
Clippings, 1990-1999 series 2box 2folder 9
Clippings, undated series 2box 2folder 10

Series 3: Professional Papers, Educational, 1945-1996 and undated (0.75 linear feet)

This series contains documents relating to Hazelman's career as a music educator. This series includes Hazelman's contracts with the Greensboro schools from between 1945 and 1967; evaluations of Hazelman's work there from between 1973 and 1976; documents regarding his teacher certification; and other professional papers. This series contains material concerning Hazelman's involvement with the Ford Foundation Young Composer program, and his activities as a clinician and contest judge.

Subseries 3.1: General Papers and Score, 1945-1996 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains documents related to Hazelman's professional career, not including programs or relating to band trips. Included is a score dedicated to him, the Greensboro High School Band and Eula Tuttle, another director of the band.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Contracts, 1945-1967series 3.1box 3folder 1
Evaluations, 1973-1976 and undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 2
Certification, 1959-1976series 3.1box 3folder 3
Teaching Documents, 1954-1976series 3.1box 3folder 4
Ford Foundation, 1960-1962series 3.1box 3folder 5
Clinics and Judging Engagements, 1957-1959series 3.1box 3folder 6
Instrument and Curriculum Guides, undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 7
Senior Edition, 1996series 3.1box 3folder 8
"Ballad and March," John Barnes Chance, ed. James Hill, dedicated to the Greensboro High School Band, Hazelman and Eula Tuttle, undatedseries 3.1box 6folder 1

Subseries 3.2: Programs, 1941-1999 (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries is devoted to programs of the Greensboro High School Band under Hazelman's direction, and includes a few programs relating to other ensembles. An item-level inventory of these materials is available upon request.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Greensboro High School, 1946-1949series 3.2box 3folder 9
Greensboro High School, 1950-1959series 3.2box 3folder 10
Greensboro High School, 1960-1969series 3.2box 3folder 11
Greensboro High School, 1970-1979series 3.2box 3folder 12
Greensboro High School, 1994-1999series 3.2box 3folder 13
Programs of Other Ensembles, 1941-1997series 3.2box 3folder 14

Subseries 3.3: Band Trips, 1954-1972 (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains documents concerning several domestic and foreign trips taken by Hazelman's high school band.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Chicago, 1954 (Mid-West National Band Clinic), 1954series 3.3box 3folder 15
Jamaica, 1957series 3.3box 4folder 1
Nassau, 1962series 3.3box 4folder 2
Jamaica, 1963series 3.3box 4folder 3
London, 1972series 3.3box 4folder 4

Series 4: Professional Papers, Non-Educational, 1938-1998 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains essays written by Hazelman, mostly for courses he took at the University of North Carolina. This series also includes materials related to several organizations to which Hazelman belonged, including the American Bandmasters Association.

Subseries 4.1: Writings by Hazelman, 1961-1966 and undated (6 folders)

This subseries contains essays and papers written by Herbert Hazelman.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
"The British Brass Band," 1961, Hazelman, 1961series 4.1box 4folder 5
"The Westernization of Thailands Music," 1966, Hazelman, 1966series 4.1box 4folder 6
"Organization of the Greensboro Schools," 1966, Hazelman, 1966series 4.1box 4folder 7
"Composers and Curriculums," 1966, Hazelman, 1966series 4.1box 4folder 8
"A Bibliography of Books About Bands and Band Instruments," undated, Hazelman, undatedseries 4.1box 4folder 9
"Eight Abstracts," undated, Hazelman, undatedseries 4.1box 4folder 10

Subseries 4.2: Writings by Others, or Not Attributed, undated (3 folders)

This subseries contains notes and articles about music and music education.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Notes and Articles on 1940s Swing, undatedseries 4.2box 4folder 11
"The String Quartets of L. van Beethoven"series 4.2box 4folder 12
Untitled, n.d. About music education from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.series 4.2box 4folder 13

Subseries 4.3: Organizations and Conferences, 1938-1998 (0.50 linear feet)

This subseries contains records related to the American Bandmasters Association, the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and other organizations and conferences.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
ABA Papers, 1978-1992series 4.3box 4folder 14
ABA Conference Greensboro, NC, 1963series 4.3box 4folder 15
ABA Conference Programs, 1990-1998series 4.3box 4folder 16
North Carolina Bandmasters Association, 1938-1980series 4.3box 4folder 17
North Carolina Music Educators Association, 1958-1979series 4.3box 4folder 18
International Band Conference, 1974series 4.3box 5folder 1
World Congress for Bands, 1972-1974series 4.3box 5folder 2
World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, 1983-1990series 4.3box 5folder 3
American School Band Directors Association, 1969series 4.3box 5folder 4
John Philip Sousa Foundation, 1977-1992series 4.3box 5folder 5
Other Conferences, 1955-1966series 4.3box 5folder 6

Series 5: Personal Records, 1942-1991 (1 folder)

This series contains a small number of documents related to the high school in Asheville, North Carolina Hazelman attended. Materials removed from this folder include financial records, out-of-scope materials, and papers containing personally identifiable information.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Personal Records, 1942-1991 series 5box 5folder 7
Casey Hazelman "Shooting a Straight Line," "The Kheyl Avir", 1970 series 5box 5folder 8

Series 6: Photographs, undated (1 folder)

This series contains two photographs. Both are unlabeled and undated.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Photographs, undated series 6box 5folder 9
Unidentified, possibly Jamaica, undated series 6box 5folder 9item 1.0
Unidentified, possibly Mrs. Hazelman, undated series 6box 5folder 9item 2.0

Series 7: Recordings, 1957-1977 (3.00 linear feet)

This series contains more than 150 recordings of the Greensboro, North Carolina High School band under Hazelman's direction. An item-level inventory of these materials is available upon request.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Related Material

The Herbert Hazelman Collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Research Center.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

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