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Colorado Bandmasters Association Records, 1965-2015

Identifier: SC110

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of documents relating to the annual conventions held by the Colorado Bandmasters Association including programs and correspondence dating from 1965 through 2015. Also included are newsletters, a history of the organization and a film of a panel discussion of the organization's history and growth, meeting minutes, handbooks, the organization's constitution, convention synopsis for all years, all-state jazz band records and technology handouts.


  • 1965-2015
  • Existence: Date acquired: 2012-04-12


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the materials of this collection, it is open to research.

Source of Acquisition

Ted Worth

Method of Acquisition


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright remains with the James A. Michener Library, Archival Services Department, University of Northern Colorado, Campus Box 48, Greeley, CO 80639, Phone: (970) 351-2854, Email:

Biographical / Historical

The Colorado Bandmasters Association was formed in 1965 by John Shaw, George Rhoads, Don Smith and a small group of band directors who met while attending the Colorado Music Educators Convention Meeting. Upon creation, officers were elected and a board of directors was formed to recruit chamber members. The Executive Secretary, Don Smith, was responsible for much of the initial organization development as well as the planning and organization of the first state convention.

The goal of the Colorado Bandmasters Association was to provide the region with opportunities for bands to develop and improve through education by way of seminars and clinics and to generate enthusiasm throughout the Colorado academic band community. Although the CBA encountered initial opposition from the Colorado Music Educators Association including possible sabotoge of the original convention location, their first convention proved successful and was one of the most extensive ever.

Colorado Bandmasters Association continues to offer educational opportunities for students and educators through the annual convention as well as with various clinics, festivals, and performances throughout the year. The organization has grown to provide additional opportunities for concert bands and marching bands as well as an all-state jazz band which requires students to audition for admittance.


1.00 Box(es) (Series 1: Convention Programs, Folder 1-51)

2 Box(es) (Series 2: Organization Records, Folder 1-10)


This collection consists of records related to the Colorado Bandmasters Association, formed in 1965. The bulk of the collection is annual convention programs. It also includes but is not limited to: newsletters, correspondence, history of the organization, handbooks and meeting minutes.


The collection is divided into two series. Series 1: Convention Programs consists of the convetion programs dated from 1965 through 2015 organized chronologically. Series 2: Organization Records includes all other organizational records including correspondence, organization history, newsletters, handbooks, and meeting minutes.
Colorado Bandmasters Association Records, 1965-2015
Tracey Clay
2016 May 20
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639