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Oral History


Acc #: 756; EXC 003

In this recording, Sean Thomas is interviewed by Jada Jones, Ryan Morini, 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. Thomas discussing where he grew up and the role that football and family played in the origins of his interest in music. Mr. Thomas observes some of the differences between Excelsior Band and other bands, including the fact that they do not practice or use sheet music, but rely on playing by ear and strong knowledge of keys and scales. He discusses what he learned from senior band members such as Theodore Arthur and Hosea London. The interview concludes with Mr. Thomas talking about James Seals and some of the musicianship that he learned from him.

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