Dancz family collection

Dancz family collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of Georgia Archives
Creator: Dancz, Roger L.
Creator: Dancz, Steve
Title: Dancz family collection
Dates: 1943, 1952-2011
Quantity: 5.25 Linear feet 6 boxes
Coll. Number: UA0021

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 Note

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.


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

Index Terms

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

General Notes

RG 2-10-17

Administrative Information

Preferred citation note

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Roger Dancz, 1952-2005

11Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #2), 1959-1961
2Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #3), 1959-1961, 1966
3Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #4), 1961, 1963
4Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #6), 1962-1963
6Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #11), 1965-1966
7Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #12), 1967, 1975
8Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #13), 1968, 1970
9Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Georgia Bulldog medley"), 1968-1970
10Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #15), 1967, 1969-1971
12Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #18), 1970
13Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #18), 1971
14Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #19), 1970-1971
15Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #3)
21Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Harold Arlen show music")
2Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Exodus", "Bad, bad Leroy Brown")
3Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Swing show")
4Roger Dancz-manuscripts scores [various loose scores]
5Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Salute to Vaudeville")
6Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Christmas finale")
7Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Movin' on", Bill Anderson medley, "Last train to Clarksville")
8Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Happy days are here again", "Chicago", "Charleston", "If you knew Susie"...)
9Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("If you knew Susie", "Toot, toot, tootsie-continued")
10Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Diamond girl")
11Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Cabaret show", "Smoke on the water")
12Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Superstar"), 1972 June
13Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Yellow submarine")
14Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Layla", "Gershwin show")
15Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Jazz ensemble show"), 1973
16Roger Dancz-manuscript scores
17Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Nutcracker excerpts")
18Roger Dancz-manuscript scores ("Theme from Shaft", "Georgia on my mind", "Everything's coming up roses", "Six Flags parade")
19Roger Dancz-manuscript scores (book #3), 1958
20Roger Dancz-CD order form [scholarship fund]
21Roger Dancz-graduation certificate from John B. Stetson University-Bachelor of Music [includes informational brochure], 1952 June 2
22Roger 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
2Roger Dancz-"Invitation to jazz" programs 49-60 [handwritten manuscripts-WUGA program notes]
3Roger Dancz-"Invitation to jazz" programs 61-76 [handwritten manuscripts-WUGA program notes], 1988-1989
4Roger Dancz-"Invitation to jazz" programs 77-86 [handwritten manuscripts WUGA program notes], 1989
5Roger Dancz-"Invitation to jazz" [WUGA program guide, typed and handwritten program notes], 1998
6Roger Dancz- The University of Georgia Redcoat Band: a proud tradition edited by Wayne Fears, 1985
7Roger Dancz-Jazz Festival of Champions-official program, 1980-1990
8Roger Dancz-UGA Jazz Festival [correspondence, advertisers], 1985-1990
9Roger Dancz-"Tara Winds-Heritage Concert UGA" [VHS-note reads "This is the only video of Roger conducting"], 1998 March 28
10Roger Dancz [articles about Redcoat Band and Dancz-includes his obit], 1998-2005
10aRoger Dancz-"Dance music-The University of Georgia Bands" [CD], 1999 February 21

2. Phyllis Dancz, 1990

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

3. Steve Dancz, 1943, 1979-2011

312Steve Dancz-Misc.
13Steve Dancz-correspondence, 1979
14Steve Dancz-"World Festival of Sacred Music" programs, 2000 April 9-16
15Steve Dancz-The University of Georgia Jazz Band [photograph], 1999
16Steve Dancz-Jazz and blues sampler II [poster features The UGA Jazz Band], 2002 October 18
17Steve Dancz-Nuit and Jour-jazz a vienne brochure, 1999 June-July
18Steve Dancz-Senior Recital [schedule], 1979 November 27
19Steve Dancz-Montreux Jazz Festival brochure, 1999 July 2-17
20Steve Dancz- Georgia Magazine article "Reaching a crescendo" [include information about Roger and Steve Dancz], 2010 March
21Steve Dancz- Terry article "Bullish on the business" [includes info on Steve Dancz], 2006 summer
22Steve Dancz- Georgia Magazine article "Divine invitation: Steve Dancz in India", 2000 June
41Steve Dancz-"25 years of Georgia football: the Vince Dooley era" [VHS], 1989
2Steve Dancz-"UGA Jazz Band at Morton Theatre" [VHS], circa 2000
3Steve Dancz-"Jazz Rhythm Section Clinic" [VHS], circa 2000
4Steve Dancz-"Music reel" [music by Dancz VHS], 1990s
5Steve Dancz-"The University of Georgia Jazz Band presents Jamey Abersold..." [VHS], circa 2000
6Steve Dancz-National Geographic "The filmmakers" [original music by Dancz-VHS], circa 2000
7Steve Dancz-National Geographic "Great White Shark..." [VHS], 2000
8Steve Dancz-National Geographic "Dinosaur giants-found" [VHS], 2000
9Steve Dancz-National Geographic Explorer "Flight over Africa" [Music by Steve Dancz-VHS], 1994
10Steve Dancz-"The Steve Dancz Quartet featuring my friend Dub" [CD], 2000s
11Steve Dancz-"Promised land" [CD], 1992
51Steve Dancz-"The Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lama" [narration by Dancz, music composed and recorded by Dancz-DVD], 2006
2Steve Dancz-"Flying home: a salute to the music of Lionel Hampton" [DVD], 2009 October 8
3Steve Dancz-UGA Jazz Band [concert "Blast off to Beijing"-Hodgson School of Music (flyer and CD)], 2008 March 27
4Steve Dancz-"UGA Jazz Band fall concert" [DVD], 2011 November 10
5Steve Dancz-[news clippings], 1994, 2000, 2009
6 Georgia songs and yells, 1943
7Steve Dancz-"UGA Jazz Band with Marcus Printup" [DVD], 2012 January 13
61Poster. "National Geographic Live! Inside Mecca", October 20