Music Desk from Ray McKinley Band

Description (Brief):

This music desk is for a custom-built music stand (Cat. 1988.0075.01) was made from a floor tom-tom drum “front.” It was used by the Ray McKinley band, 1950s.

Description (Brief)

American jazz drummer, singer, and bandleader Ray McKinley (1910-1995) made his first recordings with Red Nichols, where he worked with Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey, in 1931. McKinley continued to work mostly with Miller and the Dorsey Brothers (Jimmy and Tommy) through 1939. He then was a member of Will Bradley’s band through 1942. After enlisting in the Army in 1942, McKinley joined Glenn Miller’s American Band of The Allied Expeditionary Forces (AEF). After Miller’s disappearance in 1944, McKinley co-led the band with Jerry Gray.

Description (Brief)

After the war, McKinley formed his own band and worked as a freelance musician. In 1956 he was commissioned by the widow of Glenn Miller to organize a new band under Miller’s name using the original library and style. This band made a successful tour of Iron Curtain countries in 1957 and continued to tour the United States until 1966. McKinley played drums while Buddy DeFranco fronted the band from 1966-1974. McKinley continued to perform through the 1980s.

Date Made: 1950s

Referenced: McKinley, Ray

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Gretchen H. McKinley and Jawn McKinley Neville

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1998.0075.01.01Catalog Number: 1998.0075.01.01Accession Number: 1998.0075

Object Name: music desk

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 3/8 in x 19 1/4 in x 12 7/8 in; 16.1925 cm x 48.895 cm x 32.7025 cm


Record Id: nmah_1800659

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