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Joe Cappo collection

Identifier: 00223

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.


  • Creation: 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.

Biographical Notes

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)


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Custodial History

Transferred by the Michigan State University Fine Arts Library.

Related Archival Materials

Additional non-music related papers are held by the Michigan State University Museum.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

General Note

Research guide available at

Joe Cappo collection
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Sherwood
May 2013
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US