Small school (normal school?) orchestra with winds and percussion, 1910s. This was typical instrumentation for this period.
From the collection of William R. Lee.
research on bands and
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It is fair to say that the history of bands is not always the history of music education.
band research journal
The primary outlet for historians of bands and band music in the United States is the
Journal of Band Research.
band archives and sites
(2) American Band Directors Association. The ABDA has an excellent summary of its history based primarily on Alan L. Davis's dissertation. A bibliography lists Davis's work and the work of others.
(3) The formal organization of the American School Band Directors Association, Inc., took place at the First Annual Convention held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on November 21-22, 1953. There is a short history of this organization by its first president, Dale C. Harris, on the ASBDA website.
(4) America's Shrine to Music Museum, Vermillon, South Dakota. Founded in 1973 and devoted to research and preservation, this institution is supported by the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. This museum has an important collection of early band instruments and manuscripts related to their manufacture. The collections of the museum are described on its website. It is strong in Civil War band materials. Most recently it issued a compact disc, Custer's Last Band: Original Music by Felix Vinatieri, Custer's Legendary Bandmaster. The disc is based on manuscripts from the collections of the museum.
(5) The Dallas Wind Symphony maintains an extensive site that includes many links to Sousa-related historical material.
(6) Bugle calls and the history of bugle calls. This outstanding source is maintained by the US Army Bands.
Memory: The Library of Congress. Band music from the Civil War Era.
This site has a historical overview of US brass bands, Civil War bands,
music and audio for several exemplary works, photographs, lists of
available in the Library and Congress, and much more.
(Left Photo) Band of the 10th Veteran Reserve Corps. Washington, D.C. April, 1865. Detail at center: fully visible is a B-flat baritone. Partially visible: B-flat cornet (left), and E-flat tenor (right). Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Number: LC-B8184-7865/ Call Number: LOT 4190G.
(Right Photo) Seminary Building, Lookout Mountain. Prints and
Division. Reproduction Number: LC-B8184-B1310/Call Number: LOT 4165F.
versions of these photos are on the LC site.
Sousa studies--archives and sites
Archives for Band Research, University of Illinois at
The Sousa Archives for Band Research holds more than three-fourths of
extant Sousa published and manuscript music. It also has photographs,
Sousa Band concert programs, artifacts, journal articles, and other
materials related to John Philip Sousa. Also included are materials
to Herbert L. Clark and others. The collection includes a performance
photographs, correspondence, sheet music, lectures, journal articles,
Band concert programs, scrapbooks, and sound recordings. The papers of
former UI band directors are also included: Begian, Hindsley, and
(2) John Phillip
American Composer, Conductor and Patriot. This is an outstanding
It includes a biography of Sousa, mide files of Sousa's marches, lists
of available recordings, a list of books on Sousa, photos of Sousa, and