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Mark Hindsley Collection


Mark Hindsley Collection
Hindsley, Mark
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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:

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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Historical Note

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.

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Processed by Christina Taylor Gibson, May 2008.

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EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Mary Crauderueff, September 2008.

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.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
University of Illinois Bands, Administrative Papers, 1950-1963 series 1box 1folder 1
University of Illinois Bands, Notable Events, 1940-1980 series 1box 1folder 2
University of Illinois Concert Band Programs, 1949-1970 series 1box 1folder 3
University of Illinois Band Clinic Programs, 1950-1954 series 1box 1folder 4
Guest Conducting and Teaching Programs, 1937-1967 series 1box 1folder 5
Guest Conducting and Teaching Programs, 1967-1983 series 1box 1folder 6
Contest Programs, Adjudicator, 1940-1982 series 1box 2folder 1
California Concert Programs, Visiting Professorship, 1976 series 1box 2folder 2
Programs, miscellaneous, 1953-1982 series 1box 2folder 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.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles by Hindsley, 1946-1983 series 2box 3folder 1
Papers by Hindsley, 1973-1990 series 2box 3folder 2
Performance Practice writings and diagrams by Hindsley, undated series 2box 3folder 3
Articles about Hindsley, 1932-1988 series 2box 3folder 4
The Hindsley Transcriptions: Reviews, Performances, and Recordings, 1974-1994 series 2box 3folder 5
Reviews: My Bands and I and Hindsley on Bands, 1980-1986 series 2box 3folder 6
Biographical Listings, 1937-ca.1975 series 2box 3folder 7
Photos, 1994 series 2box 3folder 8
Correspondence, 1963-1994 series 2box 3folder 9
Awards and Honors, 1933-1988 series 2box 3folder 10
Herbert J. Clarke Memorial, 1948 series 2box 3folder 11
Memorabilia and Other Material, 1972, undated series 2box 3folder 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.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bach, J.S. Air from D Major Suite series 3box 4folder 1
Bach, J.S. Come Sweet Death series 3box 4folder 2
Bach, J.S. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring series 3box 4folder 3
Bach, J.S. Tocatta and Fugue in D minor series 3box 4folder 4
Bach, J.S. and Johann Abert, Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue series 3box 4folder 5
Beethoven, Ludwig van. Egmont Overture series 3box 4folder 6
Beethoven, Ludwig van. Leonore No.3 Overture series 3box 4folder 7
Borodin, Alexander. Polovetsian Dances from "Prince Igor" series 3box 4folder 8
Brahms, Johannes. Academic Festival Overture series 3box 5folder 1
Brahms, Johannes. Symphony No. 1 - First Movement series 3box 5folder 2
Brahms, Johannes. Symphony No. 1 - Second and Third Movements series 3box 5folder 3
Brahms, Johannes. Symphony No. 1 - Finale series 3box 5folder 4
Brahms, Johannes. Variations on a Theme by Haydn series 3box 5folder 5
Bruch, Max. Concerto for Violin, g minor series 3box 5folder 6
Chabrier, Emmanuel. España Rhapsody series 3box 6folder 1
Corelli, Archangelo. Christmas Concerto series 3box 6folder 2
D'Albert, Eugen. The Improvisator Overture series 3box 6folder 3
Debussy, Claude. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun series 3box 6folder 4
Dukas, Paul. The Sorcerer's Apprentice series 3box 6folder 5
Dvorak, Antonin. New World Symphony, Finale series 3box 6folder 6
Glinka, Mikhail. Russlan and Ludmilla Overture series 3box 6folder 7
Griffes, Charles. The White Peacock series 3box 6folder 8
Handel, George Frederic. The Music for the Royal Fireworks series 3box 7folder 1
Handel, George Frederic. The Where ere You Walk series 3box 7folder 2
Hayn, Franz Joseph. The Military Symphony series 3box 7folder 3
Liszt, Franz. The Les Preludes series 3box 7folder 4
Mendelssohn, Felix. "Scherzo," The Midsummer Night's Dream series 3box 7folder 5
Moussorgsky, Modest. The Night on Bare Mountain series 3box 8folder 1
Moussorgsky, Modest. The Pictures of an Exhibition series 3box 8folder 2
Ravel, Maurice. The Pavane series 3box 8folder 3
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. The Capriccio Espagnol series 3box 8folder 4
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. "Festival at Bagdad," The Scheherazade No. 4 series 3box 8folder 5
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. "The Sea and Sinbad's Ship," The Scheherazade No. 1 series 3box 8folder 6
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. "The Story of the Kalandar Prince," The Scheherazade No. 2 series 3box 9folder 1
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. "The Young Prince and Princess," The Scheherazade No. 3 series 3box 9folder 2
Saint-Saens, Camile. The Danse Macabre series 3box 9folder 3
Saint-Saens, Camile. The Marche Militaire Francaise series 3box 9folder 4
Saint-Saens, Camile. The Organ Symphony No. 3 - First Movement series 3box 9folder 5
Saint-Saens, Camile. The Organ Symphony No. 3 - Second Movement series 3box 9folder 6
Saint-Saens, Camile. The Phaeton (Symphonic Poem) series 3box 9folder 7
Schubert, Franz. The Rosamunde Overture series 3box 10folder 1
Sibelius, Jean. The Finlandia series 3box 10folder 2
Sousa, John Philip. The El Capitán series 3box 10folder 3
Sousa, John Philip. The King Cotton series 3box 10folder 4
Sousa, John Philip. The Manhattan Beach series 3box 10folder 5
Sousa, John Philip. The Semper Fidelis series 3box 10folder 6
Sousa, John Philip. The The Stars and Stripes Forever series 3box 10folder 7
Strauss, Richard. The Don Juan series 3box 10folder 8
Strauss, Richard. The A Hero's Life series 3box 11folder 1
Strauss, Richard. The Salome's Dance series 3box 11folder 2
Strauss, Richard. The Thus Spake Zarathustra series 3box 11folder 3
Strauss, Richard. The Till Eulenspiegel series 3box 11folder 4
Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Nutcracker Suite series 3box 11folder 5
Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Overture 1812 series 3box 12folder 1
Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Romeo and Juliet series 3box 12folder 2
Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Symphony No. 4 - Finale series 3box 12folder 3
Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Symphony No. 5 - Second Movement series 3box 12folder 4
Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Symphony No. 6 - First Movement series 3box 12folder 5
Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Symphony No. 6 - Third Movement series 3box 12folder 6
Tschaikovsky, Peter. The Violin Concerto series 3box 13folder 1
Wagner, Richard. The Die Meistersinger series 3box 13folder 2
Wagner, Richard. "Elsa's Procession," The Lohengrin series 3box 13folder 3
Wagner, Richard. "Overture," The Flying Dutchman series 3box 13folder 4
Wagner, Richard. Overture, The Rienzi series 3box 14folder 1
Wagner, Richard. "Overture," The Tannhauser series 3box 14folder 2
Wagner, Ricahrd. "Prelude" and "Love-Death," The Tristan and Isolde series 3box 14folder 3
Weber, Carl Maria von. "Overture," The Euryanthe series 3box 14folder 4
Weber, Carl Maria von. "Overture," The Oberan series 3box 14folder 5

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