Sam Houston State Teachers College All-Girl Orchestra

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A photograph of the All Girl Orchestra in the Fall of 1945

The All-Girl Orchestra provided entertainment at collegiate dances, assemblies, and other social events around campus during the years of 1943-1946. The orchestra came into existence when a large portion of the Sam Houston male population went into service for WWII. The group, directed by Eileen Wooten, debuted in November of 1943 and was a hit with students. The group also found success outside of Huntsville traveling to areas like Kearne, Nebraska. The group was disbanded after the war’s conclusion.

We do not have a lot of material on this amazing group nor a list of its original members (the university did not publish a

yearbook the year they formed) but we will keep digging.

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A picture of the All Girl Orchestra at the Sophomore Ball in 1946

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Article from a November 1943 Houstonian on the All Girl Orchestra debut

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2 thoughts on “Sam Houston State Teachers College All-Girl Orchestra

  1. Dorothy Lee Baynes (Dotty) played saxophone and is on the far left in the first row. She married James “Ronald” Ware after the war. They raised five daughters, and she became an educator after the youngest went to school. She died in 2000, but Ron lives in Pasadena. He was an engineer and worked in refineries until retirement. Dot loved her time with the orchestra.

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