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Woody Herman big band charts collection, 1946-1988

Identifier: BCA-042

Scope and Contents

The Woody Herman big band charts collection contains charts and scores used by Woody Herman's various big bands, particularly Thundering Herd. While the majority of the collection came to Berklee from the University of Houston, documentation within the collection also shows that some individual pieces were acquired at different points in time by members of the Berklee College of Music Ensemble Department.

Composers and arrangers represented in the collection include Alan Broadbent, Tony Klatka, Gary Anderson, Nat Pierce, Bill Stapleton, Ralph Burns, Joe Roccisano, and Richard Evans, among others.


  • Creation: 1946-1998


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Advance notice is required for access because materials are stored offsite.

Conditions Governing Use

Patrons may view materials from this collection by appointment in the Archives only, due to copyright restrictions. Copyright is retained by the creator(s) of this collection for materials they have authored or otherwise produced; transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Reproductions may be provided for use by Berklee faculty members in the classroom for academic purposes under the fair use provision of copyright law.

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Collection of charts and scores used by Woody Herman and his various big bands, originally compiled by Woody Herman and later used, expanded, and maintained by the Berklee College of Music Ensemble department. Composers and arrangers include Alan Broadbent, Alf Clausen, Tony Klatka, and Dave Lalama, among others. Many of the charts in this collections are originals with added pencil annotations.


The music in this collection is arranged alphabetically by song title. For most pieces, music for multiple instruments is included. For music with only one instrumental part, a note has been added.

Custodial History

In 1981, a large collection of charts and scores from Woody Herman's Thundering Herd was transferred, with Herman's permission, from the University of Houston Archives to Berklee College of Music. Under the custody of the Ensemble Department at Berklee, copies of charts were regularly lent out to bands across the country. Over time, individual members of the Ensemble Department acquired new charts that had been used by Herman's orchestra, such as a group of music composed and arranged by Alan Broadbent. In 2017, the collection of charts and scores was moved from the Ensemble Department to the Berklee Archives.

Woody Herman big band charts collection, 1946-1988
Amanda Axel
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Repository Details

Part of the Berklee Archives Repository

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston MA 02215 USA