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College Band Directors National Association records

 Collection 0027-SCPA
The College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) began its existence as a committee of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). The Committee on College and University Music was so dominated by band directors in the mid-1930s that it soon became known as the Committee on College and University Bands. In the fall of 1938 that committee, under the leadership of William Revelli, met independently in Chicago. The group met again in December 1941 and formed the University and College Band Conductors Conference. The name of the organization was changed to the College Band Directors National Association in 1947. The archives contain administrative records, correspondence and information bulletins, membership listings, financial records, committee reports, surveys, questionnaires, publications, articles, conference programs and proceedings, photographs, and oral histories related to the CBDNA's mission of the teaching, performance, study and cultivation of music, with particular focus on the wind band milieu. More details about the organization of this collection can be found here.

Dates

  • 1939-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1951-1986

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

17.25 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The College Band Directors National Association records cover the period from 1939 to 2011; the bulk of the materials date from 1951 to 1986. The records consist of personal papers, correspondence, official organizational documents, published writings, minutes, proceedings, and programs. The materials within the collection relate to the CBDNA’s officers, committees and their activities as administrators; its work in music education and its relation to the MENC; research into band performance and directing; surveys of college band directors; and national and divisional conference materials.

Administrative History

The College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) began as a committee within the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), called the Committee on College and University Music. By the mid-1930s, the band directors' presence within the committee was so strong that it became known as the Committee on College and University Bands. In 1938, the committee first met separately from the MENC and in 1941 created the University and College Band Conductors Conference. The organization changed its name to the current College Band Directors National Association in 1947.

The organization's activities emphasize the teaching, performance, study, and cultivation of music, especially within the wind band medium. Its members are devoted to the College Band and its service to its institutions and the art form.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into eight record groups.
  1. Series 1: Governing Documents
  2. Series 2: Officers
  3. Series 3: Committees
  4. Series 4: Initiatives
  5. Series 5: Conferences
  6. Series 6: Publications
  7. Series 7: Divisions
  8. Series 8: Elkus Materials and Correspondence

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The CBDNA records was started in 1989 and receives periodic accessions.

Related Material

The National Association for Music Education's and the American Band Association's collections are housed in the Special Collections in Performing Arts section of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland, College Park.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
College Band Directors National Association records: A Finding Aid
Status
Abstract
Author
Patrick Warfield and Kevin Pace, April 2005.
Date
2005-04-01
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2008-05-06: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, May 2008.
  • 2008-06-19: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, June 2008.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States