Joe Cappo collection
Scope and Contents
The Joe Cappo collection includes published and original dance band arrangements, as well as published and original medleys and individual songs. All original pieces are written in either pencil or ink whereas the published arrangements are printed and copyrighted. The arrangements are for both instruments as well as voice. Many arrangements lend themselves to a full band with brass, backup vocals, and lead vocals. The collection also contains a poster from a concert put on by the Joe Cappo Orchestra, inventories of all of their many arrangements, as well as set lists. An article from the magazine "Traces" by Matthew Balensuela on the Jperformance of "Joe Cappo and his Egyptian Serenaders vs the Israelite House of David Band" (2013) is included, with a letter from Balensuela to Mary Black Junttonen.
- 1914 - 1955
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
Joe Cappo was born in southern Illinois and graduated from the Chicago Conservatory in 1927. He led a band called "The Egyptian Serenaders." He later toured nationally as “The Joe Cappo Orchestra.” He retired to Lansing, Michigan and passed away in 1951. His wife, Elsie, continued the band into the 1970s. (Source: Michigan State University Museum website)
5 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials
Transferred by the Michigan State University Fine Arts Library.
Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.
Research guide available at http://www.lib.msu.edu/MMC/Cappo1/
- Joe Cappo collection
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- D. Sherwood
- May 2013
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.