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William Foster Collection

 Collection 0202-SCPA
William Patrick Foster (1919-2010) was the director of Florida Aandamp;M University’s "Marching 100" and was highly influential as a bandmaster, composer, and author. His book, Band Pageantry, a Guide for Marching Band, introduced new marching styles to the band scene, breaking away from the militarized marching formations, which was the norm in past bands. Foster was appointed to the American Council on the Arts by President Bill Clinton and inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the National Association for Distinguished Band Conductors Hall of Fame, the Florida Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and the Afro-American Hall of Fame among others. He also served as the president of the American Bandmasters Association.

Dates

  • 1971-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1996-1998

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Extent

1.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains research, articles, awards, and programs related to Dr. William P. Foster.

Biography

William Patrick Foster (1919-2010) was the director of Florida Aandamp;M University's "Marching 100" and was highly influential as a bandmaster, composer, and author. Foster began his music studies at the age of 12 at the Clarinet. He received a Bachelors of Music Education Degree from The University of Kansas, a Masters of Arts in music from Wayne State University, and was a fellow on the Rosenwald General Education Board at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received an honorary Doctor of of Humane Letters degree from Florida AandM.

His book, Band Pageantry, a Guide for Marching Band, introduced new marching styles to the band scene, breaking away from the militarized marching formations, which was the norm in past bands. Foster was appointed to the American Council on the Arts by President Bill Clinton and inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the National Association for Distinguished Band Conductors Hall of Fame, the Florida Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and the Afro-American Hall of Fame among others. He also served as the president of the American Bandmasters Association.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into 6 series:
  1. Series 1: Biographical Sketches
  2. Series 2: Chronology of Band History
  3. Series 3: Events and Programs
  4. Series 4: Press
  5. Series 5: Honors and Awards
  6. Series 6: Videorecordings

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Donated to the Special Collections in Performing Arts by Dr. William P. Foster in 1998.

Related Material

The William Foster Collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association Research Center.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
The William Foster Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Alex Boatright, August 2014.
Date
2014-08-20
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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