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Oral History


Acc #: 756; EXC 002

In this recording, Leon Rhoden is interviewed by Ryan Morini, Sara McGough, and Willie Dinish in the McCall Library at the University of South Alabama about his experiences in the Excelsior Band. The interview begins with Mr. Rhoden talking about growing up in the Crichton neighborhood of Mobile, and the beginnings of his interest in music—more specifically, percussion. He discusses his first experiences with the Excelsior Band when he was a child, and how they inspired him. He explains what the band looks for when finding new members, and the importance for a musician to be able to listen and hold a tune. The interview concludes with Mr. Rhoden discussing some of the recent events the band had played at the time.

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