Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Wiley, Dewey O.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: June 12 and 16, 1969; c. 1977; January 10, 1978; June 20 and 22, 1979 and undated
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Beth Schneider, Jim Hansford, speeches and narration
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 6 hours, 45 minutes (total)
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Tape 1: D. O. "Prof" Wiley, former director of bands at Texas Tech, narrates various versions of Tech school songs. Narration is often inaudible between songs. In the remaining tapes, he reviews his life and career as a music director at Hardin-Simmons and Texas Tech along with various people connected with music. Tape 3 is a presentation a plaque by the Texas Board of Education to D. O. Wiley.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: "Red Raiders," by Fred Waring, performed by Fred Waring (February 1942)
"Red Raiders," performed by Tech Concert Band and Men’s Glee Club (1949)
"Matador Song," by Marshall and Lemaire, performed by Tech Concert Band and Men’s Glee Club (1949)
"Fight Raiders Fight," by McMath and Lemaire, performed by Tech Concert Band and Men’s Glee Club (1949)
"Matador Song," performed by Tech Concert Band and Octet (1954)
"Fight Raiders Fight," performed by Tech Concert Band and Octet (1954)
"Red Raiders," performed by Tech Concert Band and Octet (1954)
"Texas Tech on Parade" by Ed Chenette, performed by Tech Concert Band and Octet (1954)
"Fight on For Texas Tech" by Thornton Allen, performed by Tech Concert Band and Octet (1954)

"Red Raiders," performed by members of Tech Concert Band

TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Blank
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Band director at Hardin-Simmons (1922-1934)
Band scholarships initiated
Band trip to England and Holland (1931)
Recalls band uniforms
Mentions band programs and specific performers
Seeing Rembrandt’s in Holland
Band directorship at Texas Tech (1934-1959)
Players from high school bands praised
Wink High School band discussed
Recalls band trips to Los Angeles with Tech football
teams (1930s)
Football games with Loyola mentioned
Anecdote about meeting celebrities
Discusses son Pete Wiley’s career as band director
Present position at Lamar University described
Education and early career
D. O. Wiley’s career at Texas Tech (again)
Music library and summer band school mentioned as
two programs begun by him
Hardin-Simmons band was a show band
Dr. A. A. Harding, father of college and university bands, characterized
Non-music majors’ role in the band
Development of bands in the 1920s
Growth and development of the Texas Tech band in the 1930s
Contribution of players from high schools
Two Tech bands and ROTC band comprised Tech
band program
Anecdote concerning first girl in Tech band
Tech band during and after World War II
Recalls band tours, rehearsals and concerts
Student activities fee used to support band
Band accommodations on campus (1930s-1940s)
Music education at Tech and former students
Praises activities of Dr. Blitz and his Tech orchestra
Anecdote concerning band rehearsals
TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE: Compares Tech band before and after World War II
Explains method of charting marching formations
Music library at Tech built up by Wiley
Recalls being guest conductor at University of Kansas summer band school (1968)
Describes present work with high school bands
High school bands today characterized
Tech band concerts discussed
Incident involving first majorettes in Tech band
Band uniforms recalled
Anecdote about band sitting in the snow
Relationship of band and football team
Coach Pete Cawthon mentioned
Band played at football games
Band trips discussed
Wiley succeeded by Dean Killion (1959)
Band directors discussed
TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE FOUR, SIDE ONE: Plaque presentation by Texas Board of Education
Introduction
Accomplishments
Retired from band profession
Father of band movement in Texas
Hardin-Simmons University
Texas Tech University
Born: April 1898
Family
Father farmed
Nine children
Childhood
Old country fiddlers
Played violin by age five
Education
Midland College
College Orchestra
Football
Marriage
Simmons College, Abilene, Texas (1921)
Orchestra
Taught violin
Cowboy Band
Touring
European tour (1930)
Texas Technological College (1930s)
Establishment of band curricula
First enrollees
World War II
Pete Wiley (son)
Accomplishments
Russell Wiley (brother)
D. O. Wiley
Accomplishments (again)
Kappa Kappa Psi honor
Foundation of Texas Band
Teacher’s Association
Texas Music Educators Magazine
Texas Tech Band
Texas Music Educators Magazine (again)
Summer band camp
La Ventana
Retirement
Interests
Hobbies
Activities
Travels
Past students
Accomplishments (again)
Presentation of Award by Texas Band Masters Association (1977)
Acceptance Speech
TAPE FOUR, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE FIVE, SIDE ONE: Pete Wiley, son
Maurice McAdoo, band director
North Texas State University
Texas Music Educators Association
European tour (1930)
Hardin-Simmons University (1921-1934)
Cowboy Band
Organization
Scholarships
Students
Johnny Reagan, rope twirler
Marching bands
Concert bands
Instruments
Spot checks
Rehearsals
Intonation
Band directors
Training
TAPE FIVE, SIDE TWO: H. A. Anderson
Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock High School band director (1929-1939)
Texas Tech Band director (1934-1959)
First rehearsal
Orchestra
Career
Low points
Texas Tech band
First woman member—Barbara Griggs
Second World War
Effects
Administrative support
Financial support
Student activity fee
Pat Wiley, brother
Russell Wiley, brother
Musician
Cisco Junior College
Band director
Favorite composers
TAPE SIX, SIDE ONE: Contemporary music program
Texas Music Educators Association
Band contests
Fred Junken, band director
Victoria, Texas
Texas band contests
History
Dean Killion
Maurice McAdoo
Hobbies
Orchestral music
Photography
Travel
TAPE SIX, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE SEVEN, SIDE ONE: Born: April 17, 1898
Inducted into American Bandmasters Association (1937)
Guest-conducted the Elkhart Municipal Band (1954)
Who’s Who in American Music (1927)
Worked for Whiting, Indiana Public Schools (1927)
Leave of absence from Simmons College
Reasons for returning
Quality of Whiting band
H. S. Warring
Visited Chicago, Illinois
Took violin lessons from Jacques Gordon
Simmons College
Salary difficulties
Left in 1934
Paid back salary of $1,000
Houses owned in Lubbock
Myron "Spider" Corbin
Bass drummer in Cowboy Band that went to Europe
Simmons Cowboy Band
Became a corporation
Reasons
Gib Sandifer, business manager
Harold Bachman
Million Dollar Band
Simmons College Cowboy Band (again)
Johnny Regan, roper during European tour
Played with American Conservatory Orchestra (1927)
Herbert Butler, director
At Simmons (again) (1928)
Frank Rainwater, interim director
To Texas Tech (1934)
Band members
Victory Men’s Bible Class Orchestra in Abilene, Texas
Jim Stenson, teacher
WBAP Radio
Players
First Baptist Church, Abilene
Original orchestra at College Avenue Baptist Church
in Abilene
Broadcast on WBAP Radio in Fort Worth
Simmons College Cowboy Band (again)
Played at First Baptist Church in Washington, D. C.
(1929)
Official band for Confederate Veterans
Harold Woolridge
Taught clarinet at Simmons College
Played in various bands
TAPE SEVEN, SIDE TWO: Harold Woolridge (continued)
Taught summer band at Texas Tech
Pete Cawthon, head football coach at Texas Tech
Attended band concerts
Alfred Riley, coronet player at Texas Tech
Ed Bernard, professional band director
Letter from Ernestine Walters from Wink inquiring about girls in the band (1934)
Girls were not allowed in band
Anecdote: Emily Sorrell, woman in the Tech Band
William Covington
Offered Wiley’s job at Simmons College
Simmons College Cowboy Band (again)
Played at rodeos
European tour
Promoters, places played
Boston Garden Concert (1934)
Did shows between pictures
Soupy Dickens, Cowboy Band member
Harold Bachman
Offered Wiley’s job at Simmons College
Marion (Mac) McClure, drummer
Band director at Simmons College after Wiley
Directed the band until his death
Texas Tech Band
Players followed Wiley
Band Manager
Bought uniforms with money from Athletic Council
and concert proceeds
Hubert L. Clark
Honorary doctorate from Phillips University
Taught oboe in summer school at Texas Tech
Trips to tri-state
Charles S. Eskridge
Band director at Lubbock High School
Went into business
Hall Hilton, trombone player at Texas Tech
Scrap book
Conrad Lamb, former student and heart surgeon

Photographs of Midland College discussed
Willie Cole, wife
Met again at Midland College
Graduated Midland College (1921)
College folded the following year
Harmonic Club at Midland College
Photographs (again)

TAPE EIGHT, SIDE ONE: Photographs (continued)
Athletic competition
Russell Wiley, brother
Housing at Midland College (1901)
David Cole
Graham High School
Grade reports
Picture of school
Faculty and administration
Class officers
Reporter, D. O. Wiley
Photographs (again)
Reminiscence of past years and people
Came to Lubbock (1934)
Band pictures
Tech played first Cotton Bowl
TAPE EIGHT, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE NINE, SIDE ONE: Dean Olsen
Yale University
Band director, Texas Tech
Music scholarships
Players
Violins
Whiting College
Violin teachers
Grady Howard
Hardin-Simmons
Chicago Symphony
Travel
Carl Fischer
Correspondence
Reviews
William Marvin Whyburn, Tech President
Kappa Kappa Psi

Record album
Recording equipment
Sigreid Rossler
Texas Tech University
Band building
National Committee on Music Rooms and Equipment
Joe Hadin
Kappa Kappa Psi convention
Jim Lindsay
Band enthusiast
Gracie Washam
Students
Teacher loads
E. N. Jones
Salary schedule

TAPE NINE, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE TEN, SIDE ONE: Texas Music Educators Association
Hardin-Simmons University
Earl Allyson, Dean, School of Music
Texas Tech University
Band schedules
Julian Paul Blitz, Music Department
Head
Education
Band contests
Judging
Cheating
National Association for Advancement of Music
Bands
Popularity
Hardin-Simmons Cowboy Band
Majorettes
Navy Band
TAPE TEN, SIDE TWO: Concert program (1930)
Performers
Ray Simms
E. Lowe
Dewitt Black
W. R. Brown
M. Shaw
Robert Craig
Summer music camps
Truman Riley
Band contests
Concerts
Sight-reading
Solos
Band
Extracurricular activity
RANGE DATES: 1898-1979
BULK DATES: 1921-1959