84th Annual American Bandmaster’s Association Convention at TCU
Texas Christian University (TCU) is pleased to announce that the university’s School of Music will host the 84th Annual American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Convention, March 6th – 11th, 2018. The convention will bring to Fort Worth some of the finest wind band conductors and composers in US and Canada. The ABA’s invitation-only membership is made up of approximately 300 band conductors and composers who have achieved a standard-setting level of excellence and innovation. This prestigious and historic organization, founded by Edwin Franko Goldman in 1929 with John Philip Sousa as Honorary Life President, celebrates a rich tradition as one of the driving forces behind the wind band paradigm across North America.
The TCU Band Department, led by Director of Bands Bobby R. Francis and Associates Brian Youngblood and Matthew Garrett, will coordinate activities throughout the week for the visiting ABA members. The convention will feature a concert series open to the public with performances by ensembles not limited to the Dallas Winds and the TCU Wind Symphony alongside guest artists Boston Brass, as well as appearances by current wind band greats such as Frank Ticheli, Michael Daugherty, Luigi Zaninelli, James Keene, and Jerry Junkin. A complete schedule of performances and more information about the convention can be found at www.aba2018.com or by contacting the TCU School of Music at 817-257-7232.