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David Earl Holt | Music Library

By Cynthia Beard and Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: David Earl HoltAdd to your cart.
ID: 06/033
Primary Creator: Holt, David Earl (1928-2009)
Extent: 6.0 Boxes
Subjects: Big bands, Popular music.

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of six boxes of original compositions, arrangements, correspondence, photographs from Holt's career as a trombonist, and assorted sound recordings and media files.

Biographical Note

Composer and performer David Earl Holt toured with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Sonny Dunham, Dean Hudson, Tony Pastor, and Victor Lombardo in the 1940s before eventually becoming the director of the Austin Public Libraries.  After his retirement, Holt began composing wind band music, and he resumed playing the trombone. 

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Access Restrictions: Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Music Library. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Collection is housed in remote storage. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: TelegramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Photographs include Holt over the years, autographed photos of Denise Darcel and of Rafael Mendez, photos of Mel Torme, and Tex Beneke, Sonny Dunham, Glen Gray, Dean Hudson, Murray Jones, Gene Krupa, Tony Pastor, and their bands.
Folder 3: Letters to Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HoltAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Travel and financial documentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Undated correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Dorsey band itinerariesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters related to collection - donation, performance permission, etc.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Miscellaneous papers, clippings, staff paperAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Four notebooks for trumpet, tenor, trombone, piano, starting w/ Love is Just Around the CornerAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Four notebooks for trumpet, tenor, trombone, piano (some with vocal line), starting with White ChristmasAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Four notebooks for the Earl Holt Orchestra, Magna, Utah, starting with Fanfare, Sentimental JourneyAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Holt's oral history interviewAdd to your cart.
5 minidiscs
Item 5: Decorative box of family lettersAdd to your cart.
Item 6: CassettesAdd to your cart.
6 cassettes, including Holt, "Swinging with the Big Bands," 5/1/2002
Item 7: Compact discsAdd to your cart.
6 compact discs, including transfer of Bob Berg, UNT Jazz Lecture Series, 3/4/1986
Item 8: ReelAdd to your cart.
1 7-inch reel: David Earl Holt interview
Item 9: 3.5-inch floppy disksAdd to your cart.
37 disks, mostly sheet music
Item 10: Zip disksAdd to your cart.
2 disks - documents and Finale files

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