TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) distinguished professor of music, chairman of the Department of Music and director of bands Julian E. White, Ph.D., and the FAMU Symphonic Wind Ensemble were honored at the 2008 American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Convention.
White was awarded the honor for being one of three African Americans in the American Bandmasters Association, and the only African American from a historically black college or university (HBCU). In addition to White making history, FAMU’s Wind Symphonic Ensemble was selected to perform as part of the welcome concert at the University of Miami’s Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, which featured seven nationally renowned composers and conductors.
“Being a part of this prestigious concert was an honor,” said White. “This adds to the rich history and tradition of artistic excellence in the Florida A&M University band program.”
About the American Bandmasters Association
The American Bandmasters Association recognized achievement in the field of the concert band and its music; helpfulness and fellowship among members; an increasingly higher standard of artistic excellence for the concert band, its performers, conductors, and literature; and a constantly greater contribution through the concert band to the musical life and culture of all peoples. The organization honors outstanding achievement by invitation to membership; encourages prominent composers of all countries to write for the concert band; and by example and leadership, further enhances the concert band and its music within our cultural heritage.
Membership is by election and invitation. Requirements for the classification of member include exceptional ability and accomplishment as a band conductor, composer or arranger, good character, commendable personal qualities and a high standard of professional ethics.
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