USF Oral History Projects

Interviewee

Mary Dooley

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Interviewer

Silvers, Deborah Anderson; University of South Florida Libraries -- Florida Studies Center.|Oral History Program; University of South Florida -- Tampa Library

Publisher

University of South Florida Libraries

Date

2007-11-15

Publication Date

3-30-2011

Abstract

Oral history interview with Mary Dooley, band administrator and color guard director of the Herd of Thunder Marching Band. Dooley joined the band program in 1998, the year it started, having previously worked at a high school for twelve years. Some decisions about the band had already been made when she arrived, such as its name and uniform, but the first band director had to decide what style the band was going to be and design the shows. The first few years were a process of trial and error, since there were no established procedures or traditions for the Herd of Thunder. Dooley describes the band’s first football game: it rained and they were unable to do their full show, and they had to change their starting point because Coach Jim Leavitt did not like where the football team was. In this interview, Dooley discusses the organization of the Herd of Thunder, how members are recruited, the logistics of traveling, and her future hopes for the band.

Keywords

Dooley, Mary., University of South Florida Herd of Thunder Marching Band, University of South Florida Bands, Marching bands, Bands (Music).

Description

1 sound file (52 min.) : digital, MP3 file

Subject: topical

Dooley, Mary.; University of South Florida—Herd of Thunder Marching Band.; University of South Florida—Bands.; Marching bands.; Bands (Music).

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral histories, Online audio

Format

audio/mp3

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

USF Oral History Projects

Identifier

U30-00007

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