Finding Aid for Hall Macklin Orchestra and Glenn Lee Orchestra Music and Records, 1930-1970 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
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Primary Creator: Macklin, Hall (Hall Mcintyre) (1908-1991)
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet
Arrangement: Arranged by type of material.
Date Acquired: 03/11/2010
Consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, programs and sound recordings documenting the Hall Macklin Orchestra and Glenn Lee Orchestra's performances and tours during the 1930s, as well as a reunion of the two orchestras in 1970.
The Hall Macklin Orchestra, a dance orchestra, was organized by University of Illinois student Hall Macklin in the late 1920s under the name Illini Singing Band. Band members included, at various points, Ray Dvorak, Russell S. Howland, Leif Juhl, John Heiden, Frederick M. Armstrong, Jack Fedderson, Louis W. Clift, Jack Courtright, Raymond Shoultis, and Walter H. Bailey. The orchestra performed locally and did periodic tours across the Midwest. In 1932 the Hall Macklin Orchestra performed regularly on the Illini Union Campus Hour, broadcast by WILL Radio.
After Macklin and many other members of the Orchestra graduated from the University of Illinois in 1932 the Orchestra came under the leadership of Chicago-based singer Glenn Lee, and continued to perform and tour as the Glenn Lee Orchestra throughout the 1930s, including a homecoming tour to the University of Illinois in 1935.
Hall Macklin (b. March 6, 1908. d. November 7, 1991) grew up in Whiteside, Illinois. Upon entering the University of Illinois he organized a group of musicians originally known as the Illini Singing Band, later known as the Hall Macklin Orchestra, that performed for dances both locally and regionally. Macklin graduated from the University of Illinois in 1932 and continued to perform with the orchestra, renamed the Glenn Lee Orchestra, under the direction of Chicago-based signer Glenn Lee, through 1935. In 1938 he earned a Master's of Music from the University of Idaho and later became a professor of Music at the University of Idaho until 1975, when he retired. In 1970 Hall Macklin participated in a reunion of the Hall Macklin and Glenn Lee Orchestras held in Elkhart, Indiana.
Access Restrictions: No restrictions
Acquisition Source: Allen F. Armstrong
Acquisition Method: Donation
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Hall Macklin Orchestra / Glen Lee Orchestra Scrapbook (1 of 2), ca. 1930-1935
- Folder 2: Hall Macklin Orchestra / Glen Lee Orchestra Scrapbook (2 of 2), ca. 1930-1935
- Includes letter from Russell S. Howland to Frederick Armstrong on January 2, 1954, in which Howland mentions members of the Macklin and Lee Orchestras and their locations in 1954.
- Folder 3: Hall Macklin-Glenn Lee Orchestra Reunion Photographs, Elkhart, Indiana, August 21-23, 1970
- Folder 4: Hall Macklin-Glenn Lee Orchestra Reunion Recording, August 21-23, 1970
- #JF 92170A. Side 1. Theme: Heart Leaks ; Lady of the Evening ; Let's Fall in Love ; Original ; Boulevard of Broken Dreams ; Original. Side 2. The Very Thought of You; Object of My Affection ; Jam Session ; Baby Won't You Please Come Home (vocal: Ray Shoultis) ; Walking Cane (vocal: Ray Shoultis) ; and Goofus.
- Folder 5: Oral memories of the orchestra, ca. 1970
- Recorded in the 1970s onto reel-to-reel tape and copied onto cassette tape in 2010. Includes Frederick M. Armstrong talking about the the Hall Macklin-Glen Lee Orchestra and Harry Heffelfinger and Fred Armstrong reminiscing about Champaign-Urbana Bands in the late 1920s and early 1930s.