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.
ABA Honorary Life President Al Wright celebrates his 99th Birthday. Congratulations from the ABA!
CALL FOR BRASS FANFARES
Dallas Winds 2015-16 Season!
Since 2000, the Dallas Winds has created a tradition of performing brass fanfares 15 minutes prior to concert time in the lobby for each of its concerts at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. Our patrons eagerly gather in the lobby to hear these fanfares that have become an important part of the whole concert going experience.
Please encourage your composers or composition students to compose or submit their unpublished fanfares to the address below postmarked by July 15, 2015.
Fanfares should be no longer than 3.5 minutes in length.
All composition titles will be credited in the Dallas Winds printed program with the composers name. Seven fanfares will be selected by the screening committee for performance during the 2015-2016 season.
Submissions MUST include a printed score, complete parts, and a sound file or recording.
The maximum ensemble of musicians is: 6 Trumpet, 5 Horn, 3 Trombone, 2 Euphonium, 2 Tuba
(Percussion as needed, but limited to a maximum of snare drum, bass drum, cymbals and two tympani)
Entries must be postmarked by July 15th, 2015 and mailed to:
Call for Fanfares
PO BOX 595026
Dallas, Texas 75359-5026
For information or questions, please contact the Dallas Winds at 214-565-9463.
2014 MIDWEST CLINIC SESSION “Building and Maintaining Quality School Music Programs in the Context of Current Educational Realities”
Presented by Roy Holder, chair, Lafe Cook, Richard Miles, Scott Rush, Denny Stokes of the ABA School Bands Committee, this session will deal with solutions to current issues affecting teachers across the nation. Click here to access the results of the national survey conducted in preparation for this presentation. To receive the survey so that you may participate in this ongoing research please email
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 AWARD
The winner of the 2014 Sousa-Ostwald Award is Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone. The work was commissioned by Howard J. Gourwitz as a gift for saxophonist Joseph Lulloff and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony, Dr. Kevin L. Sedatole, Conductor. The final movement of the work will be performed on March 6, 2015, by the the U.S. Air Force Band at the ABA convention in Reno, Nevada. More about the Concerto for Alto Saxophone can be found on Mr. Bryant’s website: www.stevenbryant.com. Rules and Procedures for entering compositions for the 2015 Sousa/Ostwald Award may be found by clicking here.
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 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 the ABA.
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
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 Dennis Zeisler and the gracious hosts of
the ABA Convention in Reno for March of 2015 are urging you to mark your
calendar and plan to attend."
Send your updates for the next
ABA Newsletter here.
New ABA Directory Is Now Available
The new ABA directory was launched on July 1 and allows members to search the directory by name, state, or country and update information online at any time. To view or print the directory, click here.
If you have not already updated your directory listing, click here to read how to do so.
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.