MER 11: The First National Band Contests: Interesting Facts and Lasting Impacts

After a long hiatus, Emmett and Brandon discuss the early National Band Contests. We share five interesting facts and lasting impacts of the events which include:

  • Early influences of the musical instrument manufacturers
  • Humble beginnings and rapid growth
  • Influenced band instrumentation
  • Influenced band repertoire and publishers
  • Fostered early discussions about adjudication and evaluation of performances

Much of content for this show is available because of the outstanding scholarship of a number of historians. To learn more about the early National Band Contests we recommend the following sources:

  • Fonder, M. (1989). The Wisconsin School Music Association and Its Contests: The Early Years. Journal of Research in Music Education, 37(2), 112–131.
  • Fonder, M. (1988). The Instrument Manufacturing Industry and the School Band Movement: A Look at the “Holton School Band Plan.” Journal of Band Research, 24(1), 44–52.
  • Keene, J. (1982). A History of Music Education in the United States. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.
  • Hansen, R.K. (2005). The American Wind Band: A Cultural History. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Humphreys, J. T. (1989). An Overview of American Public School Bands and Orchestras before World War II. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, (101), 50–60.
  • Maddy, J. E. (1957). The Battle of Band Instrumentation. Music Educators Journal, 44(1), 30–35.
  • Silvey, B. A. (2009). The 1923 Schools Band Contest of America. Journal of Band Research, 45(1), 56–63.