The IUP Department of Music will host the Eastern Division meeting of the College Band Directors Association on March 1–3, 2012, on the IUP campus. As part of the meeting, several free concerts will be peformed that are open to the general public.
The event, organized by Music Department chairperson Jack Stamp, will feature performances by eight collegiate bands, including groups from Cornell University, University of Massachusetts, Montclair, Buffalo State, University of Maryland, and Towson University. Also performing will be IUP's own Wind Ensemble.
The College Band Directors National Association began its existence as a committee of the Music Educators National Conference. 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.
A list of concerts follows, all presented in Fisher Auditorium of IUP's Performing Arts Center. All are free and open to the general public. Please contact the Music Department at 724-357-2390 if you need more information.