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Kashmere Reunion Stage Band

Identifier: RG 0030

Content Description

The Kashmere Reunion Stage Band Collection contains photographs, memorabilia, audiovisual materials and documents including letters, sheet music, event programs and advertising that represent the activities of the Kashmere Stage Band during the 1970s and the Kashmere Reunion Stage Band during the 2000s.


  • 1972-1974; 1999-2013

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Kashmere Reunion Stage Band Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Kashmere Stage Band (KSB) was a high school jazz funk band from the Kashmere Gardens area of Houston, Texas. Founded by band leader Conrad O. Johnson, he created a blend of funk rhythms with big-band jazz that was unique sound for competitions and live performances. KSB won 42 out of 46 contests in which it participated between 1969 and 1978. The band was voted “Most Outstanding Band in the Nation” at the 1972 All-American Stage Band contest in Mobile, Alabama. In 1973, the mayor of Louvian Belgium International Music Festival Inc. invited the Kashmere stage band to perform in concert with six other bands from the United States. They also toured Japan in 1975. The band recorded 8 studio albums and three 45rpm records between 1968 -1978 before the band ended with Conrad’s retirement in 1978. In 2008, several of the original band members reunited to pay tribute to Conrad Johnson.They played their first reunion concert at Kashmere High school in on February 1 at Kashmere High School. Two days after the tribute Johnson died. The reunion concerts gave rise to the production of the documentary Thunder Soul (2010). Following the reunion concerts, some members of the Kashmere Stage Band Members of the Kashmere Stage Band reformed under the leadership of alumna Jimmy Walker as the Kashmere Reunion Stage Band (KRSB).

KRSB toured Australia for the first time in January 2013, performing at three events for the annual Sydney Festival 2013, Melbourne Recital Garden Party and Brisbane Powerhouse Museum.

Taken from collection materials and Handbook of Texas Online, Chris Lehman, "KASHMERE STAGE BAND,"


2.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Collection is organized into 4 series:

Series I: Documents

Series II: Photographs

Series III: Clothing and Memorabilia

Series IV: Audio Visual Materials

Physical Location

GRE: Floor 1, Room 111 [Aisle 2]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jimmie Walker, 2014

Related Materials

MSS 0039 Conrad O. Johnson Collection

RG 0041 Jazz Education Inc.

Processing Information

Processed by Sheena Wilson, November 2019.


RG 0030 Kashmere Reunion Stage Band Collection
An inventory of records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Sheena Wilson
November 25, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002