Texas A&M University will be hosting the 75th convention of the American Bandmasters Association in March of 2009. The first convention was held in 1930 with John Philip Sousa serving as Honorary Life President. The ABA is dedicated to the betterment of bands in every way possible including but not limited to honoring outstanding achievement through invitational membership, encouraging prominent composers to write outstanding literature for the concert band, and to further enhance the concert band and its music within our cultural heritage.
Concert Band Performances
As part of the 75th Convention, the American Bandmasters Association has invited outstanding bands from throughout the State of Texas as well as the United States Navy Band to perform in Rudder Auditorium on the A&M campus. All concerts are free and open to the general public. Advanced complimentary tickets are available through the MSC Box Office (979-845-1234). Doors will open to those with tickets 30 minutes prior to performance time with general admission for those without tickets beginning 10 minutes prior.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 8:00 pm
The Austin Bowie High School Wind Ensemble, Bruce Dinkins, Conductor
The Texas A&M University Wind Symphony, Timothy Rhea, Conductor
Thursday, March 5, 2009, 8:00 pm
The TCU Wind Symphony, Bobby Francis, Conductor
The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, Conductor
Friday, March 6, 2009, 8:00 pm
The United States Navy Band, Washington D.C.
Capt. George Thompson, Conductor
Some of the most prominent band directors will serve as guest conductors during these concerts. These include John Bourgeois, Dick Clardy, James Copenhaver, Ray Cramer, Paula Crider, Dennis Fisher, Tom Fraschillo, Arnold Gabriel, James Keene, Frank Ticheli and John Whitwell.
Special Performance by the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band
In addition to outstanding concert bands, the ABA will host a special performance of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. This performance is unique in that marching bands do not traditionally perform at ABA conventions, but because of the Aggie Band’s tradition of excellence and national reputation, the ABA has asked for a performance. Because of the unique nature of this performance, the Aggie Band will perform a show twice as long as a normal halftime show. This performance will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at 2:00 pm on Kyle Field on the A&M campus. The performance is free and open to the general public with seating on the west side of the stadium. Gates will open at 1:30 pm. No tickets are required for this event.
For tickets, please contact the MSC Box Office (979-845-1234 or http://boxoffice.tamu.edu/). For more information contact Paul Sikes in the Texas A&M University Band Department (979-845-3529 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional information can also be found on the ABA website at http://americanbandmasters.org/.