ABA Past Presidents at the 83rd National Convention
Row One: Col. John R. Bourgeois, Scott Taylor, Dr. John Locke, Paula Crider, Don Wilcox, Ray Cramer, Joseph Hermann,
Col. Arnald Gabriel, Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, Dr. Stanley Michalski Row Two: Dr. Timothy Rhea, Robert Foster, Dr. Terry Austin, Frank Wickes, Thomas Leslie, Dr. David Waybright, James Keene,
Dennis Zeisler, Dr. Myron Welch, Jeff Bianchi
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 objectives of ABA are:
* 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.
Congratulations to the Recently Elected
ABA Honorary Life Presidents
Col. John R. Bourgeois Director Emeritus, The United States Marine Band
Col. Arnald D. Gabriel Director of the United States Air Force Band, Retired
Professor Emeritus of Music, George Mason University
FUTURE CONVENTION DATES
Fort Worth, Texas: March 7-10, 2018
Denver, Embassy Suites Loveland, Colorado: March 6-9, 2019
THE SOUSA/ABA/OSTWALD CONTEST
The winner of the 2016 Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Contest is Paul Dooley (b. 1983) for Masks and Machines.
The work was performed on March 10, 2017, by the United States Marine Band, The President’s Own, and conducted by Lt. Col. Jason Fetig, Conductor of the Marine Band, at the 83rd annual convention held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. A portion of the work may be heard on Paul Dooley’s website:https://www.pauldooley.net/works/masksandmachinesband
For general information on the Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Contest, click here.
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