Dr. Frank Tracz elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Frank Tracz, director of bands and professor of music at Kansas State University, was recently elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. Membership in this organization is by invitation only and recognizes the significant accomplishments and contributions of its members to the advancement of the Wind Ensemble and its literature. The association was founded in 1929 by famous band directors Edwin Franko Goldman, John Philip Sousa, A.A. Harding, Charles Benter, Victor Grabel and Arthur Pryor. With fewer than 300 members, membership in this organization is considered a great honor and is only offered to leaders in the profession of band conducting. Tracz is only the 6th person from the state of Kansas to be elected into the ABA in the organization’s history. The election occurred a couple weeks ago at the American Bandmasters Association National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. This election to the ABA represents a multiple year examination of work, artistry, teaching, and contributions to the advancement of music. This great honor reflects the significance of Tracz’s career as well the quality of his bands at Kansas State University.

Since the founding of the American Bandmasters Association, the group has helped commission new works of significant quality for wind ensemble and concert band, established the College Band Directors National Association, founded the National Band Association, created the John Philip Sousa Foundation, established the ABA/Ostwald Band Composition Contest and has dedicated itself to the betterment of the wind conducting profession. Tracz will be formally inducted into the organization at the next national convention, March 2013 in Tampa, Fla.

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