Martha Awkerman WAF and Long Beach Band Papers, 1940-2002 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Series Number: 12/9/57
Volume: 1.0 cubic feet
Predominant Dates: 1951-1961
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|Archives Research Center, 1707 S. Orchard||001-003|
Description: Consists of photographs, personal notes, scrapbooks, correspondence, newsclippings and sound recordings documenting Awkerman's career as a cornetist in the Women's Air Force Band (WAF) between 1951 and1961 and the Long Beach Municipal between 1961 and 1983. The documents are organized in two series: Series 1, WAF Band and Long Beach Municipal Band History (1951-2002) and Series 2, Research Files (1940-2002). The papers are organized alphabetically by subject and sound recordings are unarranged. The WAF records cover the lifetime of the band (1951-1961) as well as reunion events held in the 1990s. The Long Beach Municipal Band material includes information about the history of the band and Awkerman's participation in it as its first female member. Of special note is an original undated 7-inch acetate recording of Marilyn Horne performing with the Long Beach Municipal Band. Awkerman's research files focus on the history of women in concert and military bands, trumpeters, and the International Women's Brass Conference.