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date: 01 August 2021

American Bandmasters Association (ABA)free

American Bandmasters Association (ABA)free

  • Raoul F. Camus

Professional organization founded in 1929 in New York by Edwin Franko Goldman (who also became its first president) and a group of eminent bandmasters from the USA and Canada. John Philip Sousa served as its first honorary life president. The objectives of the ABA are to honor (by invitation to membership) outstanding achievement in the area of the concert band and its music; to encourage prominent composers of all countries to write for the concert band; and by example and leadership to enhance the cultural standing of bands. Associate Membership may be attained by firms in the music industry or related fields who wish to identify themselves with the objectives and activities of the association. The association sponsors the Ostwald Band Composition Award, and has published the biannual Journal of Band Research since 1964. The American Bandmasters Association Foundation, affiliated with the ABA but not under its control, provides funds for the Ostwald Band Composition Award, commissions symphonic band music, and partially funds the ABA Research Center at the University of Maryland.


  • P. Yoder: “The Early History of the American Bandmasters Association,” Journal of Band Research, 1/1 (1964), 1–9; 1/2 (1965), 1–5; 2/1 (1966), 4–8; 3/1 (1966), 39–45
  • A.L. Davis: A History of the American Bandmasters Association (diss., Arizona State U., 1987)