Austin History Center

Weldon and Marie Scheel Photograph Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Scheel, Marie, 1914-2015, Scheel, Weldon, 1911-2006
Title: Weldon and Marie Scheel Photograph Collection
Dates: 1950s-1966
Abstract: 23 black-and-white and color photographs document musicians in the Woody Parker Orchestra and the Herb Fields Orchestra in Austin, Texas, circa 1950-1966.
Accession number: AR.2015.044
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Weldon and Marie Scheel were musicians, music instructors and longtime Austin residents. Weldon "Dutch" Scheel was born in 1911 in Lockhart, Texas. He took piano lessons as a young child and played bass in the Boy Scout Band. After graduation from high school in 1938 he studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1933. While there he played bass in the Longhorn Band. He also became involved with dance bands, playing with Bill Faris' Lone Star Five, Woody Parker, Van Kirkpatrick, Ben Young, the Reception Center Orchestra at Fort Sam Houston during World War II, and later with the Herb Fields Orchestra in Austin. In the 1930s he moved to Chicago to study at the Sherwood Music School. While there he met Marie Saviniemi, a voice major and instructor. Marie was born in 1914 in Michigan to Finnish parents. Weldon and Marie married in 1940. They moved to Texas, and settled in Austin after World War II where they remained for the rest of their lives. They were both involved with the band program at Austin Independent School District. Weldon taught at Allan Junior High School and Marie was choral director at the University High School. After teaching, Marie served as a soloist for the Central Christian Church and then at the Tarrytown Methodist Church where she also taught the children's choir. Then, after being introduced to the Congregational Church of Austin by a friend, she led the choir there for about 30 years. After 29 years with the school district, Weldon retired but continued to keep music in his life, volunteering at nursing homes and with church groups. Weldon died in 2006. Marie lived to be 100 and died in 2015.

Scope and Contents

23 black-and-white and color photographs document the Woody Parker Orchestra the Herb Fields Orchestra and musician friends of the Scheels. 13 black-and-white photographs depict the Woody Parky Orchestra playing on stage in the 1950s. Musicians include Herbert E. Overfield, William Woodrow "Woody" Parker, Victor Williams, Weldon "Dutch" Scheel, and singer Gloria "Gogie" Anderson. Two black-and-white and four color photographs depict musicians of the Herb Fields Orchestra with their instruments and at leisure, including Weldon "Dutch" Scheel, Tom Jenkins, Bobby Norton, Dal Farris, Dick Goodwin, Phil Manning, and Herbert E. Overfield. Other photographs show singer Remolo "Joe" Picciandra with an unknown band, and Victor Mannie Williams and his wife Billie, son Gary, and daughter Vicki.


Photographs were grouped by subject.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Jenkins, Tom.
Overfield, Herbert E., 1921-1987.
Parker, Gloria Gay, 1926-2016.
Parker, William Woodrow, 1914- .
Scheel, Weldon, 1911-2006.
Williams, Victor, 1921-2006.
Herb Fields Orchestra.
Woody Parker Orchestra.
Austin (Tex.)--Pictorial Works.
Big bands--Texas--Austin.
Document Types:
Black-and-white photographs.
Color photographs.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF Biography - Scheel, Weldon, 1911-2006
  • AF Music - Bands, Orchestras, Choirs, etc. M9300

Separated Material

One LP, The Refreshing Sound of the Herb Fields Orchestra, was catalogued in the recordings collection, A LP MJ R1666.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were owned by Weldon and Marie Scheel until Marie's death in 2015 when friend Melvin Oakes gathered them together, made identifications, and donated them to the AHC.

Preferred Citation

Weldon and Marie Scheel Photograph Collection (AR.2015.044). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2015/053

Donation Date: 10 December 2015

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Nicole Davis/October 2016.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Photograph Collection, ca. 1950-1966

Box Folder
1 1 Woody Parker Orchestra photographs (#003-015) ca. 1950s
2 Herb Fields Orchestra photographs (#001-002, 019-022) ca. 1966
3 Assorted photographs (#016-018, 023) ca. 1966