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UB Marching Band collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 31-11-1076

Scope and Contents

The majority of the materials in the collection are records documenting the administration of the Band and Band events. They include records of the Department of Music concerning the Pep Band course, as well as files on fund-raising efforts, budget reports, Band announcements, schedules and meeting minutes, marching drills, and press releases. Event files include information on concert and marching trips to Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. , most notably the Marching Band's participation in Richard Nixon's 1969 Inaugural Parade. Also included are local events such as the High School Band Day and High School Music Institute, a two week band camp during the 1960's for area and state wide high school students, as well as Oozefest and band trips to Letchworth State Park and Darien Lake. The collection also contains a significant amount of photographic documentation and memorabilia.


  • 1960-2001


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

UB Marching Band Collection, 1960-2001 is open for research.

Special Viewing Instructions

Access to digital material provided via the University Archives’ Digital Archives online repository and University Libraries Digital Collections.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note and Chronology

Musical organizations at the University at Buffalo trace back to 1898 when Frank L. Purdy of the Dental School organized a Mandolin and Glee Club. First mention of a UB Band, is found in the 1920 Iris yearbook and for a period of time, from 1927 until the end of World War II in 1945, it is probable that a band did not exist despite students' efforts to reorganize.

Frank L. Purdy of the Dental School organized a Mandolin and Glee Club
First mention of a Band at the University
Gerald Marx, a student, organizes the new band
John "Spike" Krestic becomes Director
Air Force ROTC Marching Band forms out of existing band
Dr. Robert Mols replaces John Krestic as Director of Concert and Marching Bands
University President Clifford Furnas names Frank J. Cipolla as Director of Bands, Marching Band becomes known as "Pride of the East"
Band participates in Richard Nixon's Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.
UB Football drops from Division IA league, funding for Marching Band is cut
Football team enters Division III, UB Pep Band is organized by students
Football team returns to Division IA, Marching Band is forme and named "Thunder of the East"
James Mauck is named Director of Athletic Bands
Led by Director of Bands Emeritus Frank Cipolla, the UB Marching Band performs with local high school bands, local musicians, and UB alumni during Homecoming Halftime Show, to form "The Mass Band," the largest musical group to perform in UB Stadium since the 1960's


8.80 Linear Feet (10 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 carton, 1 small box, 1 storage roll)

23.066 Gigabytes (78 files, 3 folders)


Collection of the University at Buffalo Marching Band, 1960-2001, includes records, photographs, memorabilia of the Marching Band, as well as Pep Band, Concert Band, and various ensembles.


The Marching Band Collection is organized into five series:

I. General Administrative Files, 1960-2001

II. Events, 1960-2000

III. Photographs, 1960-2000

IV. Memorabilia, 1960-2001

V. Audio Visual, 1962-1969 Born digital materials are integrated into their corresponding series.

Related Digital Material

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Valerie Bergeman, 2001. Additional materials donated by Frank Cipolla circa 2000.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources in the University Archives

  1. 15/5, State University of New York 50th Jubilee Concert, CD-ROM
  2. 36/3/535, A.B. Lemon Papers, 1924-1969
  3. University Archives online exhibit: Student Life at UB available at:

Related Resources in the Music Library

  1. University Band, Marching Band, Concert Band [sound recording], Record 8600
  2. State University of New York 50th Jubilee Concert [sound recording], Record 7747
  3. Oom Pah Pah: the great American band. by Frank Cipolla. ML1311 .O66 1982
  4. ML 1300.W58, The wind ensemble and its repertoire; essays on the 40th anniversary of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Edited by Frank Cipolla and Donald Hunsberger.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff, circa 2001.

Collection fully processed by Mark McGuire, October 2006.

Additional materials added and Finding Aid updated by Joseph E. Patton, April 2015.

Digital materials processed in April 2019 by Grace Trimper, under the supervision of Sarah Cogley. This collection was processed in accordance with the University Archives processing guidelines/policies. For more information, see

Audio visual materials digitized in 2016.


Finding Aid for the UB Marching Band collection
Finding aid prepared by Mark McGuire.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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