Dennis Webb Collection, 1923-1951Add to your cart.

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Dennis Webb Collection, 1923-1951Add to your cart.
ID: 06/ 136
Primary Creator: Webb, Dennis
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 08/08/2019
Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of one box of handwritten arrangements by Charles Bickley and Young V. Harper, along with various published arrangements. The materials provide insights into the repertory played by lesser-known, local bands during and after the Second World War. Bickley was a Houston-area musician, and Harper made his career in Tennessee.  Bickley and Harper met during their service in the European theater of the Second World War.

Biographical Note

Dennis Webb is the collector of this set of materials from jazz arrangers Charles Bickley and Young V. Harper. Webb is a retired engineer and manager, having worked on NASA’s Skylab, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Constellation programs at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. He is co-author of the series of astronomy books, “Annals of the Deep Sky”. He is a self taught musician, starting on guitar as a teenager, and played bass for many years in a 20-piece big band of spaceworkers (still performing as the Space City Big Band), the reason he originally acquired these materials in 1982. He currently plays guitar and sings at the farmer’s market and select beer joints in Mansfield, TX; his repertoire includes several American Songbook standards he had played with the big band.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Acquisition Source: Dennis Webb
Acquisition Method: Gift


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