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Leon Breeden Collection, 1940-2010 | Music Library

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Leon Breeden Collection, 1940-2010Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1950-1982
ID: 06/003
Primary Creator: Breeden, Leon (1921-2010)
Extent: 220.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 00/00/2002
Subjects: One O'Clock Lab Band, University of North Texas. College of Music
Forms of Material: Jazz
Languages: English

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of Leon Breeden's extensive, and often self-selected archival materials from his entire career, during which time the One O'Clock Lab Band and the UNT Jazz Studies program rose to international prominence. Also present are personal recordings and writing, compositions, memorabilia, photos, and materials from his time at Texas Christian University, in New York City, and at Grand Prairie High School.

Biographical Note

Director of UNT's 1:00 Lab Band from 1959-1981, under whom the band and the jazz program rose to international prominence.

Subject/Index Terms

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 the UNT Music Library. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.
Acquisition Source: Leon Breeden
Acquisition Method: Gift.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 9: RealiaAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 1: Plaques, awards, and giftsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Wood-framed glass case with badges from AFM conventions, 1954-1957Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Georgetown University, Intercollegiate Jazz Festival Finalist: North Texas State Lab Band, 1960Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: State Fair of Texas, 1960Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Finest Jazz Group, University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: YMCA: to Leon Breeden, for "devoted and generous service to the youth of Grand Prairie", 1961 MayAdd to your cart.
 
Item 6: LeBlanc Music Educators' National Advisory Board, 1961Add to your cart.
 
Item 7: State Fair of Texas, 1962Add to your cart.
 
Item 8: State Fair of Texas, 1963Add to your cart.
 
Item 9: State Fair of Texas, 1964Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: State Fair of Texas, 1966Add to your cart.
 
Box 2Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: West Texas Chamber of Commerce: Cultural Achievement Award "in recognition of significant contributions to the field of music," Fort Worth, TX, 1967 November 29Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Wichita Falls Area Alumni Association, "presented to Leon Breeden, distinguished music professor of NTSU", 1969 April 18Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: State Fair of Texas, 1970Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Mortar Board, 1970Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: Leon Breeden: Honorary member of Valley City State College MENC," Valley City, ND, 1972 January 22Add to your cart.
Wooden plaque. Accompanying lyre and stand in Box 6.
Item 6: "Special recognition award - Jazz Night MENC Atlanta Convention" to North Texas State University "for 25 years of jazz education", 1972 March 10Add to your cart.
MENC: Music Educators' National Conference, now the National Association for Music Education.
Item 7: "To Leon Breeden and the Lab Bands in appreciation for continuing 25 years of the Jazz Program at North Texas State University" - "'Fessor' Floyd Graham and 34 years of the Aces of Collegeland, 1972 March 27Add to your cart.
 
Item 8: Texas Christian University Centennial Award to Leon Breeden for "meritorious service to the TCU Band", 1973 November 10Add to your cart.
 
Item 9: American Song Festival Judge, 1976Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: National Association of Jazz Educators: National first place, longest student chapter, college/university category 1: North Texas State University, 1977Add to your cart.
 
Box 3Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: National Association of Jazz Educators: National first place, longest student chapter, college/university category 1: North Texas State University, 1978Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: National Association of Jazz Educators: To NTSU One O'Clock Lab Band, Leon Breeden, director, for outstanding service to Jazz Education, 1978 January 5-8Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Floyd Graham Society President's Award to Leon Breeden: "A distinguished leader in jazz education", 1978Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Southwestern College Jazz Festival, 1979Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: 20th Anniversary plaque with NTSU seal and picture of Administration building, to Harold Leon Breeden, circa 1979Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: Left Bank Jazz Award to Leon Breeden "for his contribution to Jazz at Spoleto and jazz music in America", 1979Add to your cart.
 
Item 7: Honorary Lifetime Member, Dallas Jazz Society, Inc., 1980 AprilAdd to your cart.
 
Item 8: For outstanding service to Denton State School, 1980Add to your cart.
 
Item 9: NTSU Jazz plaque: "Leon Breeden and NTSU - 1959-1981. Thanks for the memories and all that jazz.", circa 1981Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: "Plaque given to me by Bernie and Mentora" - poem: "An Admirable Man"Add to your cart.
 
Item 11: International Who's Who in Music - plaque "For Distinguished Services in Music"Add to your cart.
 
Item 12: Life Membership award from American Federation of Musicians, Local 72Add to your cart.
 
Box 4Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: "'Think Posimistic' sign [Stan] Lively made for me" - with caricature of Breeden attachedAdd to your cart.
 
Item 2: Autographed photo of Brother Dominic, from British TV series "Oh, Brother!" "To Leon - My Hero"Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Autographed cartoon of Brother Dominic with foam sticker of his character and drawing of a trumpet. "To Leon the director of the world's greatest bands!"Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Souvenir from Morro Bay, CAAdd to your cart.
 
Item 5: City of Grand Prairie: white marble block with city sealAdd to your cart.
Housed with previous item.
Item 6: Plaque from Lab Band to Leon Breeden, 1966Add to your cart.
 
Item 7: Framed certificate from the American Federation of Musicians "to the faculty of North Texas State College [sic]", 1972 JuneAdd to your cart.
"In recognition of your pioneering work in music education and commemorating your 25th Anniversary as the first college to offer jazz education as part of an accredited curriculum."
Item 8: Denton Chamber of Commerce - Otis J. Fowler Award to Breeden, 1981Add to your cart.
 
Item 9: UNT All-Star Alumni Band photo, framed, 1997Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: Plaque with photo of Breeden with the McDonald's All-American High School Band, 1992Add to your cart.
 
Item 11: Plaque: Alumni Award, Texas Christian University Jazz Ensembles, 1992 March 27Add to your cart.
 
Item 12: Nine small photos in silver frame, from Breeden's being named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by TCU, 1997Add to your cart.
 
Item 13: Framed photo of Breeden, TCU Chancellor William E. Tucker, and Breeden's Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1997Add to your cart.
 
Item 14: Framed photo of Ken ElliottAdd to your cart.
 
Box 5Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Down Beat magazine Jazz Education Hall of Fame award, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Box 6Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Plaque bolted to bookend: "Para nuestros amigos de Mexico de parte de NTSU Lab Band"Add to your cart.
Includes NTSU seal; possibly handed out on 1967 Mexico tour. Likely affixed to bookends for display by Breeden.
Item 2: Plaque bolted to bookend: "Para nuestros amigos de Mexico de parte de NTSU Lab Band"Add to your cart.
Identical to previous item.
Item 3: Press Club of Dallas Gridiron Dinner, Headliner: Pen base, 1972Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Plaque presented to Breeden (Class of 1945, 1948) by the Texas Christian University Alumni Association "for professional achievement", 1980Add to your cart.
Presented at Homecoming, 1980.
Item 5: Two NTSU medallionsAdd to your cart.
One medallion with motto "Eundo crescit" ("As it goes, it grows"), for inauguration of President C.C. Nolen. Second apparently for Breeden's 15th year at North Texas.
Item 6: NTSU seal honoring 11th NTSU president Frank E. VandiverAdd to your cart.
Seal and base housed adjacently.
Item 7: Lyre and stand to accompany Box 2, Item 5Add to your cart.
 
Box 7Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Framed black-and-white photo of Breeden shaking hands with President Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1967Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Framed black-and-white photo of President Johnson, surrounded by North Texas band members and quests, holding glasses, looking at guestAdd to your cart.
 
Box 8Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Framed color photo of President Johnson meeting with North Texas guests, 1967Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Framed photo of Lab Band, Leon and Mrs. Breeden at White HouseAdd to your cart.
 
Box 9Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Texas Christian University Distinguished Alumni Award, 1997Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Texas Senate Concurrent Resolution 99, 1981 April 30Add to your cart.
Proclamation honoring Breeden and declaring May 3, 1981 to be Leon Breeden Day in the State of Texas.
Box 10Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Plaque from students upon retirementAdd to your cart.
Includes Breeden's profile.
Item 2: NTSU Honorary Alumnus award, 1986Add to your cart.
 
Box 11Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Certificate marking establishment of "The Leon Breeden Scholarship in Jazz Trombone", 1987 September 12Add to your cart.
Funded by Dr. Cone Johnson.
Item 2: Certificate marking establishment of "The Leon Breeden Scholarship in Jazz Trumpet", 1987 September 12Add to your cart.
Funded by the Collins-Binkley Foundation.
Item 3: "1:00 Award" presented to Bonna Breeden, 1977-1979Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: NTSU Alumni Association - Distinguished Teaching Award presented to Leon Breeden, 1976 April 24Add to your cart.
"For exemplary teaching, scholarly publications, and unqualified dedication to North Texas State University."
Item 5: Texas Christian University, Horned Frog Hall of Fame, 1988 November 5Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: National Acadamy of Recording Arts and Sciences - recognition plaque for Grammy nomination of Lab '75, 1975Add to your cart.
 
Item 7: National Acadamy of Recording Arts and Sciences - recognition plaque for Grammy nomination of Lab '76, 1977Add to your cart.
 
Item 8: UNT All-Star Alumni Band - framed reduction of poster, 1997Add to your cart.
 
Item 9: Sammons Center for the Arts: Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year - Lucite trophy on marble base, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: Plaque - Grand Prairie High School Alumni Association - Outstanding Educator, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Item 11: Dallas Jazz Orchestra - Tribute to Leon Breeden - Lucite trophy on wooden base, 1999Add to your cart.
 
Item 12: Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster Hall of Fame medalAdd to your cart.
 
Item 13: Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster Hall of Fame certificate, 1995 July 24Add to your cart.
 
Item 14: Framed black-and-white photo of Ron BerganAdd to your cart.
 
Box 12Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Engraved silver platter: 'Fessor Graham Award to Leon Breeden, 1965Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Large trophy from National Association of Jazz Educators (NAJE), 1985 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 2: Souvenirs - USSR tour, 1976Add to your cart.
 
Box 1Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Hand-carved wooden bear playing a viola da gambaAdd to your cart.
 
Physical Description: About 6.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches wide.
Item 2: Metal candelabra shaped like a woman in a skirt and triangular headdress, with arms raised to hold candlesAdd to your cart.
 
Physical Description: 9.5 inches at widest point, nearly 12 inches high.
Item 3: Colorful wooden toy with stackable rings and a pointed topAdd to your cart.
 
Physical Description: 10 inches high, approximately 2 inches wide at base.
Item 4: Metal wall hangings: Architectural Monuments, 16th CenturyAdd to your cart.
Two identical pieces. Darker metal on one item.
Physical Description: Circular, brass-colored with accents in red, green, and white lacquer. 4.75 inches wide.
Item 5: Metal badge: "Volgograd"Add to your cart.
 
Physical Description: Includes insignia consisting of sheaves of wheat surrounded by a gear. Approximately 2.5 inches high, 2 inches.
Item 6: Copper-colored metal image of Mother Russia monument in VolgogradAdd to your cart.
 
Physical Description: Same insignia as seen on previous item on reverse side. 3 inches high, 2 inches wide.
Item 7: Heavy stamped-metal collage image of St. Basil's and the KremlinAdd to your cart.
Reverse side: "Moscow / Kremlin / Moscow."
Physical Description: Circular, 3.5 inches wide.
Item 8: Ornament with church, grass, tree, and blue skyAdd to your cart.
 
Physical Description: Rectangular, with small chain to hang. Approximately 2 3/4 by 3 5/8 inches wide.
Item 9: Wall hanging of GUM state department store, MoscowAdd to your cart.
 
Physical Description: Lightweight metal (aluminum?). Circular, about 5.5 inches wide.
Item 10: Metal wall hanging: "Three girls under the window. Spun in the late evening."Add to your cart.
 
Physical Description: Rounded rectangle, brass-colored with red and white lacquer. Approximately 5 5/8 inches wide, 4 1/2 inches high.
Item 11: Envelope: two metal wall hangings, smaller envelope of badges.Add to your cart.

Wall hangings identical, depict Moscow and Kremlin. Receipt/certificate enclosed with one.

Badges are from various Soviet cities, including Volgograd, Moscow, Kharkiv (Kharkov), Kopeisk, Kirov, Kola, Komsomolsk, Leningrad, Tikhvin, Kiev, Byelorussian SSR (Belarus), Latviyskaya SSR (Latvia), Saratov.

Item 12: Additional Moscow/Kremlin wall hanging as found in Item 11.Add to your cart.
 
Item 13: Set of copper souvenir badges from Volgograd, in plastic caseAdd to your cart.
See also: Item 5.
Physical Description: 9.25 by 3.75 inches.
Item 14: Square souvenir plaque of city of SuzdalAdd to your cart.
 
Item 15: Gold-colored medallion commemorating the defense of StalingradAdd to your cart.
Verso: "Glory to the defenders of Stalingrad."
Physical Description: Circular, 2.125 inches in diameter.
Item 16: Copper-colored metal plaque with city scene (likely Moscow)Add to your cart.
 
Physical Description: 11.75 by 6.125 inches.
Item 17: Wooden mosaic plaque depicting a child playingAdd to your cart.
Lacquer flaking off of light-colored sections.
Physical Description: 14 3/8 by 7 1/2 inches.
Item 18: Wooden mosaic of fortress with Russian Orthodox crossAdd to your cart.
 
Physical Description: 10 by 15 inches.
Item 19: Stray round wooden pieceAdd to your cart.
Possibly from a toy, painted red.
Sub-Series 3: Other realiaAdd to your cart.
 
Item 1: Framed poster for Spoleto Jazz Festival, 1976Add to your cart.
 
Language of material: In English.
Item 2: Framed poster for Spoleto Jazz Festival, 1977Add to your cart.
 
Language of material: In Italian.
Item 3: Large framed photo collage depicting international tours by the 1:00 Lab BandAdd to your cart.
Including Mexico, 1967, Germany, 1970, and the USSR, 1976.
Item 4: Large framed photo collage depicting the 1:00 Lab Band with Stan Kenton, and at ABC Studios in 1966Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: Large framed photo collage depcting the 1:00 Lab Band over the years, including a photo from Breeden's last concert as directorAdd to your cart.
 
Item 6: Poster tube with poster in honor of the Jazz Studies program's 50th anniversary, "signed by everyone."Add to your cart.
 
Item 7: Transparent plastic container, blue lid, with office suppliesAdd to your cart.
Labels and other items pertaining to Breeden's organization of an "NTSU Jazz Archive."
Box 1Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Medium-brown leather walletAdd to your cart.
 
Item 2: Texas Christian University "TCU" branding ironAdd to your cart.
 
Item 3: Two address/phone books with metal cover, custom name plate (missing from second)Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Blue-green plaid ribbon with clasp and gold tasselAdd to your cart.
 
Item 5: Boxed set of six tartan-patterned placematsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 6: Small 3-ring binder with monogrammed leather cover, blank pages insideAdd to your cart.
 
Item 7: Spiral music practice notebook belonging to Danny BreedenAdd to your cart.
 
Item 8: Ornate green book with label: "Highlights of My Personal and Professional Life of Music (Rough Draft)," by Leon BreedenAdd to your cart.
Inside pages are all blank.
Item 9: Outstanding Music Educators of America, 1971Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: From the Cowbarn to the Concert Hall with Music! by Leon Breeden, 2001Add to your cart.
Breeden's autobiography.
Item 11: Emotional Problems of Living: Avoiding the Neurotic Pattern, by O. Spurgeon English and Gerald H.J. Pearson., 1945Add to your cart.

Inside front cover: "Leon Breeden - Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. Purchased March 7, 1950).

Outer cover has been drawn on and signed by Breeden's daughter, Vicki.

Item 12: Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 1969Add to your cart.
Breeden listed on page 123.
Item 13: Manual: Discover the World Wide Web with Your Sportster, 1995Add to your cart.
 
Item 14: Cassette tape set: Christianity: Its Jewish RootsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 2Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Large framed headshot photo of an eagleAdd to your cart.
 
Box 3Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Poster in Cyrillic script, advertising the 1:00 Lab Band in the USSR, 1976Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Poster advertising the 1:00 Lab Band in Portugal, 1976Add to your cart.
 
Box 4Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Laminated pages from "Steppin Out" feature on Gene Hall, 1993 September 30Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Wooden board with USSR mementos attachedAdd to your cart.
See also: Series 9, Sub-Series 2, Box 1.
Box 5Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Framed photos and plaque from the Texas Christian University Marching Band, with photos of the band spelling "TCU" and "LEON JAZZ" at a football gameAdd to your cart.
 
Item 2: Souvenir seat cushion from Spoleto Jazz Festival, 1977Add to your cart.
 
Box 6Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Lab '81 album inserts - two copiesAdd to your cart.
 
Item 2: Assorted postersAdd to your cart.
Nine medium-to-large-size promotional posters.
Item 3: Texas Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 99 declaring May 3, 1981 as Leon Breeden Day in Texas, 1981 April 30Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Finished jigsaw puzzle of sheet music coversAdd to your cart.
 
Item 5: "Breeden - Director" - director's chair coverAdd to your cart.
 
Item 6: Conductor's baton affixed to rectangular wooden board: "Harold Leon Breeden: for commendable performance; domination over Chief Black Cloud", 1975 October 3Add to your cart.
 
Box 7Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Large framed photo of the 1:00 Lab Band at the White House with President and Mrs. Johnson and the king and queen of Thailand, 1967Add to your cart.
Signed by Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Item 2: Framed photo: Bob Wright, Leon Breeden, Curly BroylesAdd to your cart.
Breeden: "At TCU the day it was announced that the new band and orchestra hall would be named 'The Broyles-Breeden Hall' and a plaque would be placed by the entrance door!"

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