ASBDA Education Foundation


The American School Band Directors Association Education Foundation was established in 1987 to promote instrumental music through educational programs directed toward instrumental music students and teachers as well as the public through scholarships, commissioning projects, research projects, publication and recording projects and other such projects as might be deemed appropriate and consistent with the Bylaws of the Foundation.

The Foundation is governed and administered by an eight-member Board of Directors that meets regularly to review applications for band education projects including research, development activities and technology related to instrumental music education, and to administer the affairs of the Foundation.

In order to be considered for funding, the Application for Project Funding must be thorough, complete, and presented in a professional manner consistent with accepted Grant Writing guidelines.  Applications which fail to do so will not be considered.

Past projects have included commissioning of an original work for concert band by James Curnow and issuing, in CD format, the historic Silver Anniversary recording of the famed Pontiac High School Band under the direction of ASBDA founder Dale C. Harris. This CD recording, complete with comments by guest conductors Dr. Edwin Franko Goldman, Dr. William D. Revelli, Dr. Earl Moore, and composer Phil Lang, also included a booklet containing historic photographs and a brief history of the Pontiac High School Band from 1927 to 1952. This and other excellent resources can be ordered on the Publications & Recordings Page.