[Band Performing on Stage]

[Band Performing on Stage]

Date: 1954
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage. They are wearing shirts and ties. From left to right are: a man playing a tuba; a man with his back to the camera playing a piano with its strings exposed; a clarinetist; a banjo player; and trumpeter; a trombonist; and a partially obscured drummer. Handwritten text beneath the photo says "Group simulating old style dixieland - opening number for concert in 1954-"
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[Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band Performing on Stage]

[Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band Performing on Stage]

Date: 1952
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band performing on a stage. The band is playing a variety of instruments on an inclined platform. Behind them rises a metallic statue of an eagle and a curtain bearing sparkly letters. The one clearly visible word on the curtain is "frolic."
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[Photograph of Buddy DeFranco Performing with the Laboratory Dance Band]

[Photograph of Buddy DeFranco Performing with the Laboratory Dance Band]

Date: 1959
Creator: Porter, Bob
Description: Photograph of Buddy DeFranco performing with the Laboratory Dance Band. He is wearing a dark suit and black rimmed glasses. DeFranco is playing a clarinet from behind a music stand with a microphone to the right. Behind him, seated band members sit behind desks while playing a variety of brass instruments.
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[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing on Stage]

[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing on Stage]

Date: 1954
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band performing on a stage with raised platforms. Behind the stage is a crude drawing of a trombonist, a drummer, and a moose to the left. Five of the dark suited men stand at their music stands, with one man in the middle playing a clarinet while the two on either side of him play saxophones. A guitarist sits at the far left seat. Trombonists can be seen performing in the background to the right.
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Lab Band - 1952-53

Lab Band - 1952-53

Date: April 1, 1953
Creator: North Texas State College. News Service.
Description: Photograph of the 1952-1953 North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band. Their director, Gene Hall, stands on the left side of the photo and addresses the young men who are arranged around music stands and playing a variety of instruments. A wide curtain serves as a background. "1953" is handwritten on the bottom of the photograph. Further handwriting appears on the back of the picture notes that this is a photograph of the Lab Band taken on April 1, 1953, and then lists the people as they appear from left to right.
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[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing on a Stage]

[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing on a Stage]

Date: 1952
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of men in tuxedos playing a variety of instruments on a stage. Three rows of musicians play brass instruments, with saxophones in the first row, trombones in the second row, and trumpets in the third row. A drum set can be seen on stage to the left. The musicians perform in front of a curtained backdrop that has been festooned with large and sparkling letters, with the word "frolic" visible above their heads. "1952" has been printed on the photograph under the men. There are handwritten notes naming the performers written on the reverse side of the photo.
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[Pat McCracken Playing Jazz Harp]

[Pat McCracken Playing Jazz Harp]

Date: 1953
Creator: Don Brink Studios
Description: Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band on stage with a young woman named Pat McCracken. McCracken stands to the left side of the photo. She is wearing a light hued dress and is standing in front of a pianist with her hands behind her back. To the right, a tall harp stands in front of a microphone. Further to the right, the elder Gene Hall stands wearing a grey suit and applauding. The rest of the band is seated in the background on a series of three increasingly elevated platforms. They are holding a variety of brass instruments and, in the case of one man at the left end of the topmost row, sitting at a drum set. A handwritten note under the image says "Pat McCracken - Jazz Harp - 1953."
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[Photograph of Dan Alexander Singing Alongside the Laboratory Dance Band]

[Photograph of Dan Alexander Singing Alongside the Laboratory Dance Band]

Date: 1953
Creator: Don Brink Studios
Description: Photograph of the 1953 North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage. The band of young men are arranged in three raked rows, sitting behind music desks with their instruments. Dan Alexander stands in front of a microphone on the left side of the photo. Behind him sits a man playing a piano. Gene Hall stands to the far right of the photo. A curtain hangs over a wall to the right, while four border curtains loom above the performers.
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[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Posing with Their Instruments]

[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Posing with Their Instruments]

Date: 1957
Creator: Smith, W. D.
Description: Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band posing on a stage with their instruments. Arranged in three rows, the group primarily composed of dark suited young men sit behind music desks. A bassist and a drummer stand with their instruments in the rear row. A young woman in a black dress stands at a microphone in front of the group. Standing on the right side of the photo is Gene Hall, an older man wearing a dark suit and spectacles. A small sign for the American Red Cross is hanging on the right side of the curtain that hangs behind the band. Rows of auditorium seating can be seen above the curtain.
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[Buddy DeFranco on Stage]

[Buddy DeFranco on Stage]

Date: 1959
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of Buddy DeFranco performing with the Laboratory Dance Band. The top photograph features DeFranco standing and playing a clarinet to the right side. To the left, the suited men of the band sit behind music stands. The bottom photo features DeFranco standing in front of a microphone while holding a clarinet in his right hand. Three rows of the Laboratory Dance Band are seated behind him holding their instruments. Handwritten text beneath the images says "Buddy DeFranco - Guest Soloist - 1959"
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Lab Band in Best Dance Band Contest

Lab Band in Best Dance Band Contest

Date: 1959
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of the Laboratory Dance Band performing on a curtained stage in front of an audience. The band is arranged across four inclined platforms. Most are sitting behind music desks and are playing a variety of (mostly brass) instruments. A strip of white paper taped to the bottom of the photo has the following typed upon it: "Lab Band in Best Dance Band Contest."
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[Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band Performing for an Audience]

[Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band Performing for an Audience]

Date: 1952
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band performing on a stage. The band is playing a variety of instruments on an inclined platform. Behind them rises a metallic statue of an eagle and a curtain bearing sparkly letters that spell out "jazz frolic." A seated audience takes up much of the foreground.
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[Shirley Murray on Stage at Perrin Field Air Force Base]

[Shirley Murray on Stage at Perrin Field Air Force Base]

Date: April 20, 1953
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Shirley Murray and the North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage at Perrin Air Force Base in Texas. She is wearing a floral pattern dress and singing into a microphone while musicians are playing their brass instruments behind her. Gene Hall is conducting the band in the background of the photo to the right. A spade shaped tear mars the photo just left of its center, obscuring part of Murray's dress. A handwritten note at the bottom of the photo says "Shirley Murray - Perrin Field Air Force Base - 4/20/53."
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[Photograph of Frank Todd, Phil Manning, Leon Breeden, Curly Broyles, and Bill Harrison Performing]

[Photograph of Frank Todd, Phil Manning, Leon Breeden, Curly Broyles, and Bill Harrison Performing]

Date: 1953
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Frank Todd, Phil Manning, Leon Breeden, Curly Broyles, and Bill Harrison playing instruments around a microphone with other performers in the background. A curtain festooned with glittering letters that spell out "Ja[zz] Frolic" stands behind the group of men. Other musicians sit at their music desks behind the foreground performers.
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Dr. M. E. (Gene) Hall directs an early lab band

Dr. M. E. (Gene) Hall directs an early lab band

Date: 195u
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of Gene Hall standing to the left of three young men. The leftmost seated man is turned fully away from the camera. The second may is seated and playing a saxophone. The third stands to the right while playing a double bass.
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[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Posing with Their Instruments]

[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Posing with Their Instruments]

Date: 1956
Creator: Smith, W. D.
Description: Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band posing on a stage with their instruments. Arranged in three rows, the group primarily composed of dark suited young men sit behind music desks. A bassist and a drummer stand with their instruments in the rear row. A young woman in a black dress sits in the front row to the left side. Standing on the right side of the photo is Gene Hall, an older man wearing a dark suit and spectacles. A small sign for the American Red Cross is hanging on the right side of the curtain that hangs behind the band. Rows of auditorium seating can be seen above the curtain.
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[Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band Performing with Buddy DeFranco]

[Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band Performing with Buddy DeFranco]

Date: 195u
Creator: Porter, Bob
Description: Photographs of Buddy DeFranco performing with the Laboratory Dance Band. In the first photo, the dark suited DeFranco stands in the background holding a clarinet while two seated male saxophonists play in front of him. In the upper left corner of the photograph, a shadowy man in black stands peering over an unidentified white object. The foreground is largely filled with a closeup of a trombone being extended with a right hand. The second photo features DeFranco in the upper left. He is holding a clarinet in his left hand while conducting the band. In the foreground is an over the shoulder view of a bespectacled trombone player and his music stand.
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[Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band on the Teenage Downbeat Program]

[Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band on the Teenage Downbeat Program]

Date: 195u
Creator: Pollard, Earnest F.
Description: Photograph of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band performing on the Teenage Downbeat program. In the far left, a man sits at a piano. To the right, the bespectacled and middle aged Gene Hall stands at a microphone. The next person to the right is a man in dark glasses playing a double bass. To his right is a smiling and bespectacled drummer. The rest of the band members are arranged in three inclined rows of desks and playing a variety of brass instruments. Two large records hang on the wall in the background. The lower record partially covers the other and bears the words "Teenage Downbeat." College pennants hang on either side of the set.
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Lab Band Competing in the A. F. of M. Best Dance Bands in the USA in 1959

Lab Band Competing in the A. F. of M. Best Dance Bands in the USA in 1959

Date: 1959
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band performing on a stage that has a background painted with an beach theme. Hall stands to the left looking downward and snapping the fingers of his right hand. A row of saxophonists stand playing their instruments to the right. The second and fourth desk that the band is standing behind are emblazoned with the the name "Danny Burke." Other band members are sitting behind this front row on an inclined platform while playing their various instruments.
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[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing Toward the Camera]

[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing Toward the Camera]

Date: 1955
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band playing their instruments while facing upward toward their left sides. Most of dark suited young men are looking directly at the camera lens. Most are sitting in folding chairs behind desks covered in layers of sheet music. Three pianos can be seen arranged in an "L" shape along the top right corner, curved around the platform that the performers are seated upon. The older Gene Hall Stands off to the upper left of the photo, wearing a greyish suit and glasses.
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[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing on a Stage]

[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing on a Stage]

Date: 1948
Creator: Don Brink Studios
Description: Photograph of a North Texas State College jazz ensemble performing on a stage. The group of nineteen white men are arranged on the stage in front of a wide curtain. Three raked rows of five men are sitting behind music stands while wielding a variety of (mostly brass) instruments. Behind the furthest and highest row, one man plays a double bass while another sits at a drum set. On the floor to the left, a man sits at a piano and another man stands behind him. Both of these men are turned away from the camera. At the edge of the stage on the right stands three microphones. Two lists of the performers and their instruments have been handwritten onto the bottom and back of the photo.
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[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing with a Harpist]

[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing with a Harpist]

Date: 1953
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage with a woman named Pat McCracken playing a harp. McCracken occupies the lower center portion of the photo. She is wearing a light hued dress and is sitting down behind a microphone. Her hands are mid-glide over the harp's strings. To her left, one of the many tuxedo-clad men plays a double bass. To the left of this man, another man sits with his back to the camera and plays a piano. The rest of the band is seated on a series of three increasingly elevated platforms. They are holding a variety of brass instruments and, in the case of one man at the left end of the topmost row, playing at a drum set.
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[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing on Stage]

[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing on Stage]

Date: 1952
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the 1952-1953 North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on a stage. On the left side of the photo, three rows of tuxedo-clad young men sit behind music desks and play their (primarily brass) instruments. The statue of an eagle can be seen above them, and sparkling letters that spell "rolic" can be seen above the statue. Downstage, three men huddle by two microphones singing together as the man in the middle plays a guitar.
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[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing at Perrin Field Air Base]

[Photograph of Laboratory Dance Band Performing at Perrin Field Air Base]

Date: April 20, 1953
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the 1952-1953 North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing at Perrin Field Air Base in Texas. The group of young men are situation on a stage behind music desks and a standing microphone. Club signs and a painting of a man in a suit with a woman decorate the wall behind them. To the left of the photo, a young woman, in a dress sits by a potted plant. Handwritten notes on the back of the photograph identify the band members, their instruments, and the young woman (Shirley Murray).
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