Drake Bands, Preesented by Cowles Library

About Drake University Bands, 125 Years of Excellence

This online collection of sounds and images is a result of a collaboration between Drake University's Cowles Library and Dr. Thompson Brandt. Dr. Brandt was driven to research and write about Drake University's musical past. His drive to document this history was only matched by his drive to share it with others. Presented here is his 23 page article on the rich history of the Drake University Bands. Cowles Library has gone through its special collections and located images to accompany this great story. Along with the images we are presenting sound files online in mp3 format. These files are taken from recordings compiled by Dr. Brandt, which are now being housed in Cowles Library. View the images, hear the sounds, and read the great history of a great university band.

Using the collection

Browse or search through the images and sound files by clicking on the appropriate image. The search box on the homepage allows for keyword searching of all the files. You may zoom into the images for more detail simply by clicking on the image. For sound files you will need to click on 'Access this item' (located towards the top of the record). Depending on the configurations of your computer you will either be prompted to save the file to your computer or you will be able to open the file in your media player. If you save the file to your computer, open the file in your media player to hear it. One or two of the recordings start with a couple of seconds of silence; be patient and you will hear the music. This collection of sound files works best using the latest version of Windows Media Player.

Since the full article of Drake University Bands, 125 Years of Excellence is over 20 pages long we have presented it as a pdf file. You will need Adobe Reader software on your computer to access this file. If you do not have Adobe Reader you may download the latest version at no cost by clicking here. If you do not have a high speed internet connection, please be patient while the file loads.

About the Author

Thompson Brandt is a 1975 alumnus of Drake University, where he played principal clarinet for three years in the concert band and wind ensemble under Don Marcouiller. While he was a Drake student, he was elected to the university senate and was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Brandt earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979 as well as a second master’s degree and the doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. Currently, Dr. Brandt is dean of humanities and social sciences at Highland College in Freeport, Illinois, and music director and vice-president of the Freeport summer band. He has also written Sousa in North Dakota (Bismarck: North Dakota History, Journal of the Northern Plains, 2000), Harry S. Truman’s Musical Letters (New York: Edwin Mellen, 2001), and The Jane Addams Papers (2001), Sousa in Freeport (2003), and Karl Henry Kubitz of Freeport, Illinois (2004), all published by Stephenson County Historical Society in Freeport, Illinois.

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