Eugene E. Grissom Papers

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Grissom, Eugene
Eugene E. Grissom Papers
1940 - 1941
1.0 Linear feet
Six original orchestral scores written by Kansas State Teachers College student Larry Intravaia, circa 1940-1942.

Preferred Citation note

Eugene Grissom Papers, 2006.0006, Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical Note

Lawrence Joseph Intravaia Larry Intravaia was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 19, 1920, to Charles and Margaret Intravaia. He attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas, in 1941 and 1942. As a freshman in 1941 he participated in band, orchestra, and was a member of Phi Delta Chi. Larry entered World War II in November 1942, serving at Camp Beal, California, and as a member of the 13th A.D. Band at Camp Bowie, Texas. He also worked with the 12th A.D. Band and as a military policeman. After the war he attended Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1948 and master’s degree in music education in 1949. A Doctor of Musical Arts degree was earned from Boston University in 1962.

Larry taught at Boston University, Trenton State College, the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, was band director and double reed teacher at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, Director of Bands at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and professor of music for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He married Toni Uhlschmidt; they were the parents of a son, Paul. Larry died of cancer on September 9, 1973.

In 1972 Larry published Building a Superior School Band Library. He was the first librarian of the International Double Reed Society organized in 1972 and responsible for determining the holdings collected for the library; following his death, it was named the Lawrence Intravaia Library of the International Double Reed Society. Larry served in many organizations, including the Music Educators National Conference, Illinois Music Educators Association, Catholic Band Directors Association, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Lambda, ASCAP, Council for Research in Music Education, Music Educators Advisory Council, International Double Reed Society, and Alteld Wind Quintet. He was also a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Carbondale, Illinois.

Eugene Edward Grissom Eugene Grissom first attended Kansas State Teachers College in 1941, participating in the band, orchestra, and Phi Delta Chi. A music major whose principal instrument was the trombone, he served both as a member and namesake of Gene Grissom’s Varsity Band, the only campus dance band in 1942. Larry Intravaia played for this group as well. Eugene served during World War II in Fresno, California, first at Hammer Field and then at Camp Pinedale. He was a member of the 409th AAF Band and the 709th AAF Band. In December 1943 he was promoted to Corporal. Following the war Eugene returned to Kansas State Teachers College. As a junior in 1947 he was a member of Phi Delta Chi and the national honor music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha. He retained membership in those organizations the next year, serving as the first semester president of Phi Delta Chi, and also served as president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, as well as playing trombone in the Symphonic Orchestra. Eugene graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music degree in July 1948.

Eugene was chairman of the Department of Art of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and is currently an Emeritus Professor of that institution. The Eugene Grissom Trombone Library was established at that institution in 1980, and he and his wife, Nancy, endowed a Grissom/Rosolino Trombone Award. Partially named in honor of famed trombonist Frank Rosolina, who was a personal friend of Eugene’s, the award is a cash prize of $1000. Recipients are chosen from full-time music students enrolled in the University of Florida trombone studio. These student musicians submit a solo recording that is judged by three professional trombonists. The prize-winner then is given the award, which is used to send him or her to the annual International Trombone Festival, a 5-day event attended by hundreds of trombonists from around the world. Eugene also established and oversees the Frank Rosolino Memorial Fund, Inc.

(Note: The military acronyms A.D. and AAF both have multiple meanings. The terms were used as described in letters sent by Larry Intravaia and Eugene Grissom to the Alumni News, which did not describe the meaning of the acronyms.)

Alpha Sigma Tau Delta Gamma Rho was organized at Kansas State Normal School in the fall of 1920. On April 4, 1923, Delta Gamma Rho became Alpha Sigma Tau, Iota chapter. The national organization of Alpha Sigma Tau was founded at the Michigan State Normal School in 1899.

Delta Sigma Epsilon Members of the Omega Literary Society formed the initial core of Kansas State Normal School’s Epsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Epsilon. The national organization was founded at Miami University on September 23, 1914; the local chapter was created on March 21, 1917. Prior to becoming affiliated with the National Pan-Hellenic Conference in 1949, Epsilon chapter was a member of the Association of Educational Sororities.

Phi Delta Chi Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Chi was organized at Kansas State Normal School in March, 1921. Three decades later, on February 10, 1951, it became the Kansas Epsilon chapter of the national social fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon.   Phi Sigma Epsilon The oldest Greek organization of Kansas State Teachers College, Phi Sigma Epsilon, Alpha chapter, was organized locally in 1910 although it was not recognized by school officials until 1913. Alpha chapter was instrumental in forming the national organization in 1928 and is recognized as the oldest and first chapter in the Phi Sigma organization.

Pi Kappa Sigma Originally organized in Emporia, Kansas, as a secret organization known only by the initials J. P. N., with the principal purpose being to provide social training; date of J. P. N.’s origin is unknown. In 1896 it was revealed that J. P. N. stood for “Just Progressive Normalites.” Kansas State Normal School’s chapter was organized as an Eastern Star sorority named Sigma Gamma. The Eastern Star requirements were removed in 1917, and in 1918 Sigma Gamma became affiliated with the national educational sorority Pi Kappa Sigma. Pi Kappa Sigma, Iota chapter, was formed on February 22, 1918.

Winnetaska Named for an Indian word meaning “pleasant laughter,” Winnetaska was organized on campus in the Fall of 1931. Formed for purely social reasons and without any sorority affiliations, this organization replaced the Freshmen Women’s Social Group which met weekly for an hour of dancing. Winnetaska joined with the men of Mu Epsilon Nu, a national independent fraternal organization, for parties and dances.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of six original scores written by Larry Intravaia while he was a student at Kansas State Teachers College from 1940-1942. They are fraternity and sorority sweetheart songs and arranged for two campus dance bands: the Lee Johnson Orchestra (1940-1941) and the Gene Grissom Orchestra (1942). Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Sigma Epsilon, Phi Delta Chi, Phi Sigma Epsilon, Pi Kappa Sigma, and Winnetaska are the campus organizations represented by the scores.

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Arrangement note

Alphabetical by title of song. Originally classified in Normaliana collection – Np:6I Intravia, L 1940-42.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives February 2006

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Larry Intravaia and Eugene Grissom are both represented in Sunflower yearbooks during the years they were at Kansas State Teachers College, including photographs as members of dance bands. Letters published in the  Alumni News track their World War II experiences from 1943-1945. Information about campus fraternities and sororities is available in yearbooks, the campus newspaper, and in the Normaliana collection. Volume 50 of  The Bulletin contains a series of articles written about social organizations on campus; these can be found in the issues dated February 23, 1951 – May 11, 1953.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia.


  • Orchestral music -- Scores

Personal Name(s)

  • Grissom, Eugene
  • Intravaia, Lawrence J.


  • College students--Kansas--Emporia - Societies and Clubs
  • Greek letter societies -- Kansas -- Emporia
  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia -- Student activities and organizations.
  • Students -- Kansas -- Emporia -- Societies and clubs.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Alpha Tau Song c. 1940-1941 

1 1

My Rose of D.S.E. c.1940-1941 

1 2

Phi Delt Honeymoon c. 1940-1941 

1 3

Phi Sig Sweetheart c. 1940-1941 

1 4

Pi Kap Sweetheart c. 1940-1941 

1 5

Winnetaska c. 1940-1941 

1 6