Wiley, Dewey O 1969, 1977, 1978, 1979, No Date

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Dewey O. (Prof) Wiley, retired Texas Tech band director, narrates various versions of Texas Tech school songs, including "The Matador Song," "Fight, Raiders, Fight," and "Red Raiders (On the Run)." Note: Narration is often inaudible between songs. D. O. (Prof) Wiley discusses his career as director of bands at Hardin-Simmons and Texas Tech, respectively, from 1922 until his retirement in 1959. He notes the development and changes in area bands, especially Texas Tech’s band program. This recording is of the presentation of a plaque by the Texas Board of Education to D. O. (Prof) Wiley. D. O. (Prof) Wiley reviews his career as director of the Hardin-Simmons and Texas Tech bands.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dewey O. Wiley

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 12 and 16, 1969; 1977; January 10, 1978; June 20 and 22, 1979 and No Date Given

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Beth Schneider and Jim Hansford; Speeches and Narration

Length: 6 hours 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: "Red Raiders," by Fred Waring, performed by Fred Waring (February 1942), "Red Raiders," performed by Tech Concert Band and Men’s Glee Club (1949), "Matador Song," by Marshall and Lemaire, performed by Tech Concert Band and Men’s Glee Club (1949), "Fight Raiders Fight," by McMath and Lemaire, performed by Tech Concert Band and Men’s Glee Club (1949), "Matador Song," performed by Tech Concert Band and Octet (1954), "Fight Raiders Fight," performed by Tech Concert Band and Octet (1954), "Red Raiders," performed by Tech Concert Band and Octet (1954), "Texas Tech on Parade" by Ed Chenette, performed by Tech Concert Band and Octet (1954), "Fight on For Texas Tech" by Thornton Allen, performed by Tech Concert Band and Octet (1954), "Red Raiders," performed by members of Tech Concert Band.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Band director at Hardin-Simmons (1922-1934), Band scholarships initiated, Band trip to England and Holland (1931), Recalls band uniforms, Mentions band programs and specific performers, Seeing Rembrandt’s in Holland, Band directorship at Texas Tech (1934-1959), Players from high school bands praised, Wink High School band discussed, Recalls band trips to Los Angeles with Tech football teams (1930s), Football games with Loyola mentioned, Anecdote about meeting celebrities, Discusses son Pete Wiley’s career as band director, Present position at Lamar University described, Education and early career, D. O. Wiley’s career at Texas Tech (again), Music library and summer band school mentioned as two programs begun by him, Hardin-Simmons band was a show band, Dr. A. A. Harding, father of college and university bands, characterized, Non-music majors’ role in the band, Development of bands in the 1920s, Growth and development of the Texas Tech band in the 1930s, Contribution of players from high schools, Two Tech bands and ROTC band comprised Tech band program, Anecdote concerning first girl in Tech band, Tech band during and after World War II, Recalls band tours, rehearsals and concerts, Student activities fee used to support band, Band accommodations on campus (1930s-1940s), Music education at Tech and former students, Praises activities of Dr. Blitz and his Tech orchestra, Anecdote concerning band rehearsals.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Compares Tech band before and after World War II, Explains method of charting marching formations, Music library at Tech built up by Wiley, Recalls being guest conductor at University of Kansas summer band school (1968), Describes present work with high school bands, High school bands today characterized, Tech band concerts discussed, Incident involving first majorettes in Tech band, Band uniforms recalled, Anecdote about band sitting in the snow, Relationship of band and football team, Coach Pete Cawthon mentioned, Band played at football games, Band trips discussed, Wiley succeeded by Dean Killion (1959), Band directors discussed.

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Tape 4, Side 1: Plaque presentation by Texas Board of Education, Introduction, Accomplishments, Retired from band profession, Father of band movement in Texas, Hardin-Simmons University, Texas Tech University, Born: April 1898, Family, Father farmed, Nine children, Childhood, Old country fiddlers, Played violin by age five, Education, Midland College, College Orchestra, Football, Marriage, Simmons College, Abilene, Texas (1921), Orchestra, Taught violin, Cowboy Band, Touring, European tour (1930), Texas Technological College (1930s), Establishment of band curricula, First enrollees, World War II, Pete Wiley (son), Accomplishments, Russell Wiley (brother), D. O. Wiley, Accomplishments (again), Kappa Kappa Psi honor, Foundation of Texas Band, Teacher’s Association, Texas Music Educators Magazine, Texas Tech Band, Texas Music Educators Magazine (again), Summer band camp, La Ventana, Retirement, Interests, Hobbies, Activities, Travels, Past students, Accomplishments (again), Presentation of Award by Texas Band Masters Association (1977), Acceptance Speech.

Tape 4, Side 2: Blank

Tape 5, Side 1: Pete Wiley, son, Maurice McAdoo, band director, North Texas State University, Texas Music Educators Association, European tour (1930), Hardin-Simmons University (1921-1934), Cowboy Band, Organization, Scholarships, Students, Johnny Reagan, rope twirler, Marching bands, Concert bands, Instruments, Spot checks, Rehearsals, Intonation, Band directors, Training.

Tape 5, Side 2: H. A. Anderson, Lubbock, Texas, Lubbock High School band director (1929-1939), Texas Tech Band director (1934-1959), First rehearsal, Orchestra, Career, Low points, Texas Tech band, First woman member—Barbara Griggs, Second World War, Effects, Administrative support, Financial support, Student activity fee, Pat Wiley, brother, Russell Wiley, brother, Musician, Cisco Junior College, Band director, Favorite composers.

Tape 6, Side 1: Contemporary music program, Texas Music Educators Association, Band contests, Fred Junken, band director, Victoria, Texas, Texas band contests, History, Dean Killion, Maurice McAdoo, Hobbies, Orchestral music, Photography, Travel.

Tape 6, Side 2: Blank

Tape 7, Side 1: Born: April 17, 1898, Inducted into American Bandmasters Association (1937), Guest-conducted the Elkhart Municipal Band (1954), Who’s Who in American Music (1927), Worked for Whiting, Indiana Public Schools (1927), Leave of absence from Simmons College, Reasons for returning, Quality of Whiting band, H. S. Warring, Visited Chicago, Illinois, Took violin lessons from Jacques Gordon, Simmons College, Salary difficulties, Left in 1934, Paid back salary of $1,000, Houses owned in Lubbock, Myron "Spider" Corbin, Bass drummer in Cowboy Band that went to Europe, Simmons Cowboy Band, Became a corporation, Reasons, Gib Sandifer, business manager, Harold Bachman, Million Dollar Band, Simmons College Cowboy Band (again), Johnny Regan, roper during European tour, Played with American Conservatory Orchestra (1927), Herbert Butler, director, At Simmons (again) (1928), Frank Rainwater, interim director, To Texas Tech (1934), Band members, Victory Men’s Bible Class Orchestra in Abilene, Texas, Jim Stenson, teacher, WBAP Radio, Players, First Baptist Church, Abilene, Original orchestra at College Avenue Baptist Church in Abilene, Broadcast on WBAP Radio in Fort Worth, Simmons College Cowboy Band (again), Played at First Baptist Church in Washington, D. C. (1929), Official band for Confederate Veterans, Harold Woolridge, Taught clarinet at Simmons College, Played in various bands.

Tape 7, Side 2: Harold Woolridge (continued), Taught summer band at Texas Tech, Pete Cawthon, head football coach at Texas Tech, Attended band concerts, Alfred Riley, coronet player at Texas Tech, Ed Bernard, professional band director, Letter from Ernestine Walters from Wink inquiring about girls in the band (1934), Girls were not allowed in band, Anecdote: Emily Sorrell, woman in the Tech Band, William Covington, Offered Wiley’s job at Simmons College, Simmons College Cowboy Band (again), Played at rodeos, European tour, Promoters, places played, Boston Garden Concert (1934), Did shows between pictures, Soupy Dickens, Cowboy Band member, Harold Bachman, Offered Wiley’s job at Simmons College, Marion (Mac) McClure, drummer, Band director at Simmons College after Wiley, Directed the band until his death, Texas Tech Band, Players followed Wiley, Band Manager, Bought uniforms with money from Athletic Council and concert proceeds, Hubert L. Clark, Honorary doctorate from Phillips University, Taught oboe in summer school at Texas Tech, Trips to tri-state, Charles S. Eskridge, Band director at Lubbock High School, Went into business, Hall Hilton, trombone player at Texas Tech, Scrap book, Conrad Lamb, former student and heart surgeon, Photographs of Midland College discussed, Willie Cole, wife, Met again at Midland College, Graduated Midland College (1921), College folded the following year, Harmonic Club at Midland College, Photographs (again).

Tape 8, Side 1: Photographs (continued), Athletic competition, Russell Wiley, brother, Housing at Midland College (1901), David Cole, Graham High School, Grade reports, Picture of school, Faculty and administration, Class officers, Reporter, D. O. Wiley, Photographs (again), Reminiscence of past years and people, Came to Lubbock (1934), Band pictures, Tech played first Cotton Bowl.

Tape 8, Side 2: Blank

Tape 9, Side 1: Dean Olsen, Yale University, Band director, Texas Tech, Music scholarships, Players, Violins, Whiting College, Violin teachers, Grady Howard, Hardin-Simmons, Chicago Symphony, Travel, Carl Fischer, Correspondence, Reviews, William Marvin Whyburn, Tech President, Kappa Kappa Psi, Record album, Recording equipment, Sigreid Rossler, Texas Tech University, Band building, National Committee on Music Rooms and Equipment, Joe Hadin, Kappa Kappa Psi convention, Jim Lindsay, Band enthusiast, Gracie Washam, Students, Teacher loads, E. N. Jones, Salary schedule.

Tape 9, Side 2: Blank

Tape 10, Side 1: Texas Music Educators Association, Hardin-Simmons University, Earl Allyson, Dean, School of Music, Texas Tech University, Band schedules, Julian Paul Blitz, Music Department, Head, Education, Band contests, Judging, Cheating, National Association for Advancement of Music, Bands, Popularity, Hardin-Simmons Cowboy Band, Majorettes, Navy Band.

Tape 10, Side 2: Concert program (1930), Performers, Ray Simms, E. Lowe, Dewitt Black, W. R. Brown, M. Shaw, Robert Craig, Summer music camps, Truman Riley, Band contests, Concerts, Sight-reading, Solos, Band, Extracurricular activity.

Range Dates: 1898-1979

Bulk Dates: 1921-1959

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