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Fidelity Sound Recordings Collection
ARS.0212  
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Description
This collection consists of commercially-released audio recordings created by the independent record company Fidelity Sound Recordings (FSR) based in Redwood City, California. The predominant musical genre featured is marching band music performed by university bands, bands affiliated with the Salvation Army, and miscellaneous ensembles in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and elsewhere. Notable performing groups include the Ohio State Marching Band, the National Band of New Zealand, the Salvation Army Wellington Citadel Band, the Jugendmusikkorps Bad Kissingen, and others.
Background
Reg McGovern (1920-2015) had a 36-year career as a newspaper photographer in Redwood City and Palo Alto, and he received many journalism awards for his photography. He had a second, concurrent creative career as the owner of Fidelity Sound Recordings, which specialized in the kind of band music he had loved from his boyhood. McGovern played in the band at Sequoia High School in his Redwood City hometown and, as a teenager, would dial the radio knob searching for band music.
Extent
10 box(es) 6 linear feet: (148)12" vinyl disc(s); (57) audiocassette(s); (39) compact disc(s); (10) 10" vinyl disc(s); (5) photograph(s); (3) 7" vinyl disc(s); (1) audiocassette (8-track); (1) 10" shellac disc
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head Librarian, Archive of Recorded Sound, Braun Music Center, Stanford, California 94305. Consent is given on behalf of the Archive of Recorded Sound as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns.
Availability
Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive of Recorded Sound for assistance.