Al & Gladys Wright Award

The Wright Award is a newly created recognition made possible by the ASBDA through the generous donation and contribution of Gladys Wright in memory of her husband Al.

The Wright Award is meant to recognize a retired band director who has made significant contributions to school bands during a distinguished career and continues to do so during retirement.

To be eligible for the award a recipient must have:

1. been an active ASBDA member and is currently a retired, dues-paying ASBDA member.

2. had a distinguished career prior to retirement which included service to bands and continued involvement by providing leadership, service, and/or other meaningful value to school bands, their directors, and to the profession as a whole.

Edwin Franko Goldman

2020 Recipients

ASBDA William (Bill) Witcher,

Non-ASBDA Jack Stamp

The American School Band Directors Association created the Edwin Franko Goldman Award as a symbol of high esteem and respect and as a measure of appreciation and gratitude for outstanding personal contributions to the school band movement.

The recipient may or may not be a member of ASBDA, but shall be an active or retired director whose teaching career shall have included work in the schools and who has contributed substantially in the fields of Grade, Junior, and Senior High School Band work

Austin Harding Award

2020 Recipient - William Malambri, Jr.

2020 Recipient - William F. Malambri, Jr.

Exceptional contributions have been made to the school band movement by a number of individuals, whose careers have not included extensive teaching in the fields of Grade, Junior, and Senior High School bands in the schools. The A. Austin Harding Award is presented to these individuals for valuable and dedicated service to the bands of America as a measure of ASBDA's esteem, appreciation, and respect for their outstanding personal contribution to the school band movement.

Outstanding Potential Award for Young Directors

Sponsored by the ASBDA Foundation