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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Five-Front Group on the Steve Allen Tonight Show

Five-Front Group on the Steve Allen Tonight Show

Date: April 1956
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographs of the Five Front jazz combo band on the Steve Allen Show. In the top photograph, nine men stand in a line. Gene Hall is the fifth man from the left, and he is wearing a dark suit and glasses. Steve Allen stands next to him on the right, wearing a gingham shirt, ribbon necktie, and slacks that have been tucked into cowboy boots. The bottom photograph shows the band members performing on a mat atop a dirt floor. Most of the suited young men are seated behind music stands. Onlookers can be seen milling about in the background behind a white fence.
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[Frank Todd, Gene Hall, Art Davis, Phil Manning, and Bill Harrison Performing Together]

[Frank Todd, Gene Hall, Art Davis, Phil Manning, and Bill Harrison Performing Together]

Date: 1954
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Frank Todd, Gene Hall, Art Davis, Phil Manning, and Bill Harrison performing together on stage. Frank Todd stands behind two microphones to the far left. He's wearing black-rimmed glasses and plucking a double bass. Gene Hall stands next to Todd, wearing spectacles and a lighter colored suit while playing a clarinet. Art Davis plays a trumpet while standing in front of an unattended drum set and a piano player. Phil Manning and Bill Harrison stand close to each other on the right side of the photo, will Manning wearing glasses and playing a saxophone while Harrison plays a trombone.
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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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[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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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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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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[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 Jack Petersen Playing a Guitar]

[Photograph of Jack Petersen Playing a Guitar]

Date: 1955
Creator: Perrin Air Force Base
Description: Photograph of Jack Petersen playing an electric guitar on a stage with other band members behind him. Petersen is wearing a light hued blazer and dark pants. To the left, a man in a slightly darker blazer plays a double bass while standing in front of a backdrop painted with the image of a haloed woman and an angel. Directly behidn Petersen, a seated man in a dark suit is partially obscured. To the right, a man in a greyish suit sits with his back turned to the camera while playing a piano. The rightmost person is wearing a plaid shirt while playing a xylophone. A man's turned head is at the bottom of the photo is obscured by a white note taped onto the photo. The note says, "Jack Petersen."
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[Jazz Ensemble on Stage]

[Jazz Ensemble on Stage]

Date: 195u
Creator: Don Brink Studios
Description: Photograph of (from left to right): Frank Todd on string bass; Gene Hall on clarinet; Paul Guerrero on drums; Art Davis on trumpet; Phil Manning on tenor saxophone; and Bill Harrison holding a trombone.
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