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Dancz family collection

Dancz family collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dancz family collection
Creator: Dancz, Steve
Creator: Dancz, Roger L.
Inclusive Dates: 1943, 1952-2011
Language(s): English
Extent: 5.25 Linear Feet 6 boxes
Collection Number: UA0021
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Biographical/historical note

Roger Dancz (1930-1998) was the UGA Redcoat Band director from 1955 to 1991. Under his leadership, the Redcoats became one of the country's finest marching bands. In addition, Dancz started UGA's jazz studies program, directed the symphonic band and created jazz/music festivals that brought thousands of high school musicians to Athens, GA. He also broadcast more than 500 "Invitation to jazz" programs on Peach State Public Radio from 1987 until his death in 1998.

Roger Dancz's wife, Phyllis (1932-1991) directed the Redcoat Band's auxiliary units. In 1959, she formed the "Georgettes" (a dance line that performs alongside the band during pre-game and halftime shows). Later she created the Bulldog Banners (Georgia Flag Line) to add color and motion to the band's halftime show.

Their son, Steve Dancz (1957-), has written numerous musical scores that have been featured in movies, documentaries and events such as the Super Bowl. He headed up the UGA Music School's jazz studies program for 20 years and was a co-founder of the UGA Music Business Program. He currently is the director of the Atlanta campus of the SAE Institute.

Scope and Content

This collection (1943-2011) consists of materials pertaining to Roger, Phyllis and Steve Dancz. The Dancz Family collection includes music manuscripts, scripts from the "Invitation to jazz" radio programs and information about the UGA Redcoat Band. There are, also, plaques, mixed media and concert materials.

Organization and Arrangement

Collection is arranged into 3 series: Roger Dancz, Phyllis Dancz, and Steve Dancz.

Administrative Information

Preferred citation note

Dancz family collection, UA0021, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

RG 2-10-17

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Band music -- Georgia -- Athens.
Composers -- Georgia -- Athens.
Concert programs -- Georgia.
Music -- Instruction and study
Music -- Manuscripts -- Georgia.
Musicians -- Georgia.
Television and popular music -- United States.
Universities and colleges -- Faculty.
University of Georgia. Department of Music

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Roger Dancz

11Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #2), 1959-1961
12Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #3), 1959-1961, 1966
13Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #4), 1961, 1963
14Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #6), 1962-1963
16Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #11), 1965-1966
17Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #12), 1967, 1975
18Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #13), 1968, 1970
19Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Georgia Bulldog medley"), 1968-1970
110Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #15), 1967, 1969-1971
112Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #18), 1970
113Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #18), 1971
114Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #19), 1970-1971
115Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #3)
21Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Harold Arlen show music")
22Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Exodus", "Bad, bad Leroy Brown")
23Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Swing show")
24Roger Dancz-manuscripts scores [various loose scores]
25Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Salute to Vaudeville")
26Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Christmas finale")
27Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Movin' on", Bill Anderson medley, "Last train to Clarksville")
28Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Happy days are here again", "Chicago", "Charleston", "If you knew Susie"...)
29Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("If you knew Susie", "Toot, toot, tootsie-continued")
210Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Diamond girl")
211Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Cabaret show", "Smoke on the water")
212Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Superstar"), 1972 June
213Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Yellow submarine")
214Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Layla", "Gershwin show")
215Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Jazz ensemble show"), 1973
216Roger Dancz-manuscript scores
217Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Nutcracker excerpts")
218Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Theme from Shaft", "Georgia on my mind", "Everything's coming up roses", "Six Flags parade")
219Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #3), 1958
220Roger Dancz-CD order form [scholarship fund]
221Roger Dancz-graduation certificate from John B. Stetson University-Bachelor of Music [includes informational brochure], 1952 June 2
222Roger Dancz-graduation certificate from George Peabody College for Teachers-Master of Music, 1958 August 15
31Roger Dancz-"Invitation to jazz" pilot show-program 48 [handwritten manuscript-WUGA program notes], 1988
32Roger Dancz-"Invitation to jazz" programs 49-60 [handwritten manuscripts-WUGA program notes]
33Roger Dancz-"Invitation to jazz" programs 61-76 [handwritten manuscripts-WUGA program notes], 1988-1989
34Roger Dancz-"Invitation to jazz" programs 77-86 [handwritten manuscripts WUGA program notes], 1989
35Roger Dancz-"Invitation to jazz" [WUGA program guide, typed and handwritten program notes], 1998
36Roger Dancz-The University of Georgia Redcoat Band: a proud tradition edited by Wayne Fears, 1985
37Roger Dancz-Jazz Festival of Champions-official program, 1980-1990
38Roger Dancz-UGA Jazz Festival [correspondence, advertisers], 1985-1990
39Roger Dancz-"Tara Winds-Heritage Concert UGA" [VHS-note reads "This is the only video of Roger conducting"] , 1998 March 28
310Roger Dancz [articles about Redcoat Band and Dancz-includes his obit], 1998-2005

2. Phyllis Dancz

311Phyllis Dancz: "UGA Alumni Society expresses appreciation to Phyllis Dancz...", 1990 June 15

3. Steve Dancz

312Steve Dancz-Misc.
313Steve Dancz-correspondence, 1979
314Steve Dancz-"World Festival of Sacred Music" programs, 2000 April 9-16
315Steve Dancz-The University of Georgia Jazz Band [photograph], 1999
316Steve Dancz-Jazz and blues sampler II [poster features The UGA Jazz Band], 2002 October 18
317Steve Dancz-Nuit and Jour-jazz a vienne brochure, 1999 June-July
318Steve Dancz-Senior Recital [schedule], 1979 November 27
319Steve Dancz-Montreux Jazz Festival brochure, 1999 July 2-17
320Steve Dancz-Georgia Magazine article "Reaching a crescendo" [include information about Roger and Steve Dancz] , 2010 March
321Steve Dancz-Terry article "Bullish on the business" [includes info on Steve Dancz], 2006 summer
322Steve Dancz-Georgia Magazine article "Divine invitation: Steve Dancz in India", 2000 June
61Poster. "National Geographic Live! Inside Mecca", October 20