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Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956), founder and conductor of the Goldman Band of New York City, was also the founder (1929), first President (1930-1932), and second Honorary Life President of The American Bandmasters Association (1933-1956).
Shortly after Goldman’s death, the ABA sought ways to honor the memory of the man who was such an integral part of its beginnings. ABA President Otto J. Kraushaar charged the Special Citation Committee to prepare recommendations whereby the Association could formally recognize certain persons outside the membership of ABA for outstanding services to the band movement in America. The committee’s report was received in 1962. At the same time, the Goldman Memorial Committee was considering a suitable memorial that would recognize the contributions of the ABA founder. Both committees agreed jointly to recommend, for consideration by the ABA Board of Directors and the ABA past presidents, that The Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation be established.
In addition to honoring Goldman’s memory, the purpose of the award is to provide recognition to those outside the membership of The American Bandmasters Association (ABA) who have rendered conspicuous service in the interest of bands and band music in America. The first Citation was presented to Harry Guggenheim, sponsor of the Goldman Band concerts, at a concert on the Mall in the Guggenheim Memorial Band Shell, New York, on July 20, 1963.
At the 1997 ABA Convention President Frank Wickes proposed the project of preparing a book of EFG Memorial Citation recipients and asked Victor Zajec, chairman of the committee, to produce the book. In undertaking the project, Zajec determined that it should include photos and biographical information regarding the recipients and be presented in an attractive printed form. It took him over a year to gather the necessary photos and biographical information on the fifty recipients awarded by 1998. The ABA owes thanks to Victor Zajek for his dedication in seeing the project through to completion, and to Neil and Mark Kjos for their generosity in publishing the book.
The Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation has become one of the most important continuing projects of The American Bandmasters Association.