Fonds MG 456 - Bob Moyer fonds

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Bob Moyer fonds

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MG 456

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  • [ca. 1937]-2005 (inclusive); 1950-1996 (predominant). (Creation)

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3.57 m of textual records
6 b&w photographs
1 colour photocopy photograph
1 cassette
1 CD
35 posters
31 long play, 39 - 45 RPM vinyl records.

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Robert Lloyd (“Bob”) Moyer was born in 1924 in Craik, Saskatchewan, and attended the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1946. He had a 32-year career as a design engineer for the PFRA design division. In this capacity, he was involved in the South Saskatchewan River Project and was the principal design engineer for the spillway crest of the South Saskatchewan River Dam (or Gardiner Dam). However, he may be more popularly known for his exceptional career as a musician. He was a founding member of the Hobby Band in the 1950s, and later formed the Bob Moyer Big Band. He married vocalist Pat Steele, a frequent musical collaborator and partner. Bob was a valued mentor to numerous musicians, and kept both jazz and big band music alive throughout western Canada for over 50 years. Throughout his career he provided accompaniment for numerous entertainers, including Bob Hope, Rich Little, Rosemary Clooney, Bill Cosby, Red Skelton and Bob Newhart; he played with jazz musicians including PJ Perry, Herbie Spanier and Oliver Jones; and he toured with Big Band musician Mart Kenney. He was awarded numerous honours, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Special Recognition award (1995), the Western Canadian Music Awards heritage award (2003), and the first Lieutenant Governor’s Celebration of the Arts Pin. He died in Regina on 4 May 2005.

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Donated to the University Archives & Special Collections by Pat Steel Moyer.

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This fonds contains materials primarily relating to Moyer’s musical career. It includes reel-to-reel tapes of sessions, live night club performances, dances and other concerts, studio recordings, and interviews. In addition there are numerous early vinyl recordings, posters, memorabilia, and some personal biographical materials.

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Bob Moyer had created an alpha-numeric system for his “tape catalogue” of reel-to-reel audio recordings. This has been retained, and helped form the main organization for the fonds as a whole. This fonds has been organized into 4 series:
1: Alphabetical Subject-Nominal
2. Posters
3. Reel-to-Reel Audio Tapes
4. Vinyl

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See also MG 230, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival fonds.

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