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Henry Mancini and Cecil Welch Music Collection

Identifier: MS480

  • Staff Only


This collection consists of Cecil Welch's library of musical scores gifted to him by Henry Mancini, and his personal library of big band charts.


  • 1976-2022

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in Archives and Special Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the Georgia Tech Library Copyright & Fair Use page for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or Georgia Tech.


48 Linear Feet (48 oversize legal boxes)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the sheet music of Cecil Welch, who was the lead trumpeter for Henry Mancini and owned his own music production company that provided orchestras for performers across America. Collection consists of music composed by Henry Mancini for motion pictures: Charade (Universal, 1963), Days of Wine and Roses (Warner Brothers, 1962), Moment to Moment (Universal, 1966), Peter Gunn (Paramount, 1967), and The Pink Panther (United Artists, 1964), and Breakfast at Tiffany's (Paramount, 1961). Additional popular music is included from touring with Mancini's band, such as the Star Trek Theme, Meet the Flintstones, Ghostbusters and more. The collection includes the library of scores donated to him by Mancini as well as Welch’s personal library of big band charts.

Biographical / Historical

Cecil Cooper Welch, 1936-2022, was a trumpeter with the Atlanta Pops, ASO, Henry Mancini, and the Hollywood Hills Orchestra. He earned a B.S. degree in Information Management at Georgia Tech in 1958. While working as an independent insurance agent, Welch joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1960 and was conducted by both Henry Sopkin and Robert Shaw during his time there. In 1976, when Henry Mancini was guest-conducting the ASO, he heard Welch’s rendition of the solo from “Peter Gunn,” and invited Welch to be his lead trumpeter. Until Mancini’s death in 1994, they traveled the world together and performed with several top orchestras. During this time, he also founded Company Welch, a music production company that also provided orchestras for performers across America. They provided orchestras for prestigious events such as the Fox Theatre’s original Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera and worked with 1996 Olympics committee for the flag arrival ceremony. Following Mancini’s death, Welch created the touring Hollywood Hills Orchestra to continue Mancini’s legacy.


Original order maintained.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Requests for access must be submitted at least 2 business days in advance.

Custodial History

Collection stored at Welch's home and was given the Archives and Special Collections by Barbara Welch in 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were given to Archives and Special Collections by Barbara Welch in 2022.


Entire collection was accepted. Materials were rehoused and some duplicates were not retained. Others were moved to be with originals.

Processing Information

Original order has been maintained. Materials were rehoused with some notes on the former folders included in the titles of the new folders. Additional information added to some file level descriptions to better describe contents. Some duplicate materials were discarded during processing. Like materials were grouped with like for each composition.

Guide to Henry Mancini and Cecil Welch Music collection
Alex McGee with the assistance of Dhruv Kulkarni
2023 July
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA