The Campus Owls college dance band of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio was named one of the top three in the country in a 1953 Down Beat magazine competition judged by a blue ribbon panel that included Stan Kenton and Woody Herman.
Bands had to submit recordings to participate in that competition. These are original acetates of two of the three records the band cut for that purpose at the Herzog studio in Cincinnati on April 19, 1953.
They returned to Oxford that afternoon. The band's string bass player, Ron Tammen, was last seen that evening and was never seen again.
It's a never-solved mystery that led to "Phantom of Oxford" paranormal accounts, documentaries and investigative speculation among true-crime fans that is ongoing to this day.
Song titles were typed onto the back of Herzog labels that are now detached and one of the original King Records sleeves the records came in is present.
The missing third record of the set has "Almost Like Being In Love" and "Celestial Blues" on it. The reason for the numbered labels is unknown.