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George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Dec 22 11:41:37 EST 2016

The Erskine Hawkins Orchestra began in the 1930s as a student band at
Alabama State, and was called the Bama State Collegians.  The Wikipeida
article is below.


*The Bama State Collegians* is a student jazz orchestra made up of students
at Alabama State University
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_State_University>. This group was
organized in the late 1920s by Len Bowden, Fess Whatley, and Paul Bascomb.
[1] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bama_State_Collegians#cite_note-1>
Bowden went on to direct the Navy's music program at Camp Robert Smalls
during World War II. John Tuggle "Fess" Whatley (1895-1972) was inducted
into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and has a K-8 school in Birmingham
named after him.

The Bama State Collegians have been directed by a number of notable
musicians, including Tommy Stewart
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Stewart_%28trumpeter%29> and Erskine
Hawkins <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erskine_Hawkins>.

The group also holds an important place in jazz history. In 1934, the
entire group travelled to New York and became the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
recording hit records such as Tuxedo Junction
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuxedo_Junction>, which rose to No. 7
nationally by Erskine Hawkins and No. 1 by Glenn Miller
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Miller>. Members of this band worked
with the NBC Orchestra
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC_Symphony_Orchestra>, the Lucky Millinder
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Millinder> Orchestra, the Duke
Ellington <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Ellington> Orchestra, Louis
Armstrong <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong> and others.

Among those who have played with the orchestra are Dud Bascomb
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dud_Bascomb>, Paul Bascomb
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Bascomb>, Avery Parrish
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avery_Parrish>, and Haywood Henry

On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 10:05 AM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> >
> > On Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 12:04 AM, Bill Mullins <amcombill at hotmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > "Bama," as a reference to the state of Alabama or the University of
> > > Alabama
> >
> >
> > When you say "new," you mean only "new to the OED," right?
> >
> >
> Yes.
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George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

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your lowly tomb. . . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

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