Better Bands Through Better Band Music: The Influence of the American Bandmasters Association
It was the intent of this thesis to examine the influence of the American Bandmasters Association on the development of wind band literature. The scope of the study begins with the founding of the ABA on July 5, 1929 and examines the major commissioning efforts of this organization throughout its eighty-one year history. The goal of this study was to bring to attention all of the commissions that have been added to the wind band repertoire from the commissioning work of the American Bandmasters Association through its various commissioning projects throughout its history, concluding with its most significant commissioning project the ABA Ostwald Award.
Revealed through the research of this thesis, the greatest influence that the American Bandmasters Association has exhibited on the wind band world relates to its history as it was the first organization of its type, convinced the most prominent composers throughout its history to write for the wind band, and served a critical leadership role from which other organizations would follow, not just in the number of compositions created through its commissioning projects. It is the intent of the author that the following narrative enriches readers’ understandings with an added breadth of knowledge in relation to the influence of the American Bandmasters Association on wind band literature development.
The results of this study informed the researcher about the influence of the American Bandmasters Association on wind band literature from its inception to present day. It is hoped that these findings will also demonstrate this influence to the greater band world to give richer understanding about our collective past and to build a strong future for bands in the artistic community.