Below: One of the first gatherings of ABA members.
AMERICAN BANDMASTERS ASSOCIATION
The American Bandmasters Association, founded in
1929, with John Philip Sousa as Honorary Life President, recognizes outstanding
achievement on the part of Concert Band conductors and composers. The
current membership (invitational) comprises approximately 300 band conductors
and composers in the USA and Canada, and 80 Associate Members (music businesses
and corporations that provide significant services to bands and to the
publication of band music.)
* the recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of
Concert Band and its music
* helpfulness and fellowship among members
* an increasingly higher standard of artistic excellence for
the Concert Band, its performers, conductors, and literature
* a constantly greater contribution through the Concert Band
to the musical life and culture of all peoples.
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP ON THE ABA WEBSITE
You can now conveniently renew your ABA membership with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account by clicking here.
SOUSA/OSTWALD COMPOSITION CONTEST
The Sousa Foundation has joined with the ABA Foundation to
financially support the former Ostwald Award which has been renamed the
Sousa/Ostwald Award. The American Bandmasters Association will hold the
54th Sousa/Ostwald Original Band Composition Competition during December
of 2013 with a deadline for submission of October 1, 2013.
ABA LEGACY CD Harry Begian CD Released
The first ABA compact disc in the ABA Legacy Series, featuring the conducting of Harry Begian, was released at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic this December.
HINDEMITH: Symphony in B-flat (performed by the Cass Technical High School Symphony Band)
GRAINGER: Lincolnshire Posy
REED: Armenian Dances, Part I
SOUSA: The Free Lance March
STRAUSS/CAILLIET: Waltzes from "Der Rosenkavalier"
RESPIGHI/DUKER: The Pines of the Appian Way (performed by the University of Illinois Symphonic Band)
The cost of the CD is $15.95, and is available from Shattinger
Music, Naxos and
Klavier (#K 56001). Any profits from the recording will be deposited in the Harris
Fund to help defray costs of future ABA conventions.
ABA NEWSLETTER NEEDS YOU NOW!!
Dick Clardy requests your contribution to our ABA Newsletter:
"As we share stories, anecdotes, professional activities, and
other important happenings with others, we certainly help strengthen
For those of you that are not able to attend this convention,
it is a great way for you to stay connected with your fellow members. For
you folks that are almost never able to attend, it is an even more compelling
reason to send a greeting to your fellow members for the Newsletter. Please
share this with your spouse if they are the one more likely to respond.
ABA will post and send the Newsletter via email to the membership
in mid-October. If any individual wants the Newsletter to be sent to you
via US mail, please advise and I will gladly send. A second Newsletter
will be produced just prior to the convention.
Please also be aware that President Tom Leslie and the gracious
hosts of the ABA Convention in Tampa for March 6-9, 2013 are urging you
to plan and made your reservations to attend.
As of now, I have received two responses for the Newsletter
- Robert Jager and myself.
Send your updates for the next
ABA Newsletter here.
The Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery is the site of the
Convention (March 5 – 8, 2014) and it is ideal. The guest rooms are
beautiful and the meeting facilities are impressive. The 1800 seat auditorium,
built in 2008, is connected to the hotel, and therefore convenient and perfect
for our concerts.
The groups performing in 2014 include: Troy University (the host institution),
The University of Alabama, Reinhardt University, The University of South Carolina,
and the United States Air Force Band.
Larry Blocker, Director of Troy's School of Music, and Mark Walker, Troy's
Director of Bands, will administrate the Convention along with our host, the
legendary John Long. I will work diligently with them to see that you have
a wonderful convention, and after visiting this week, I am quite confident
that will be the case.
David Waybright, President
ABA POSITION PAPER AVAILABLE
School Band Directors may be interested in an ABA position paper that was generated by the ABA School Bands Task Force, Bill Gora — Chair, and adopted at the 2006 ABA convention. If so, click here.
NEW PUBLICATION Journal of Band Research: A Repertoire Anthology (1984-1989)
This is a must for the serious conductor of wind music. Author: Dr. Terry Austin, Editors: Dr. John Locke and Dr. William Moody.
For a half century, The Journal of Band Research has been at the forefront of our understanding of wind band repertoire, attracting some of the most important wind
band composers and conductors to write about the great works of the wind band canon. This book is a compilation of many of the great articles that have been published over the past 50 years.
From 1964, Herbert W. Fred discusses Percy Grainger s Music for Wind Band and Vincent Persichetti reflects on his own Symphony No. 6 for Band. From 1971, David Whitwell opens the door into "The Enigma of Copland s Emblems." And in 1973,
Karel Husa writes "Apotheosis of the Earth: Some Thoughts."
Other articles include "Thematic Derivations in the Holst First Suite in E-Flat" by Charles Gallagher (1965), "Hammersmith and the Two Worlds of Gustav Holst" by Robert Cantrick (1977), and "Analysis: Winds of Nagual by Michael Colgrass" by James Mathes (1987).
All told, the 29 articles in this anthology paint a remarkable picture of the wind band world at its best and provide remarkable insights into some of the timeless masterpieces of the wind band repertoire.