LaBudde | Harry Trotman Collection



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Scope and Content of Collection

The Harry Trotman Collection was gifted to LaBudde Special Collections in February 2012 by Beth (daughter) and Bob Behrens. The collection contains for the most part handwritten scores and parts of jazz combo and jazz big band tunes, presumably for performance by the Harry Trotman Orchestra. The music manuscripts that are contained in this collection represent various stages of completion in the arranging process, and are a valuable insight into what sort of thought goes into it. Some tunes also have multiple arrangements for different-sized groups, which is of interest as well for one studying jazz orchestration. Miscellaneous items, memorabilia, and photographs round out the collection.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Harry Trotman was born December 21, 1920, in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the son of Frank and Helen Trotman. He attended Temple University briefly before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1944, he married Marjorie E. Duncan while stationed at Sedalia Army Air Base, which is currently Whiteman Air Base. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps and later the Air Force before retiring in 1985. He was the band leader of the Harry Trotman Orchestra, and owned and operated Trotman Music from 1975 to 1986. Harry Trotman passed away August 12, 2010.


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