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Smith, Murray Frank Allen
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Dr. Thomas Dust (Secondary Education)
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Dr. Robert de Frece (Elementary Education)
Dr. Thomas Dust (Secondary Education)
Dr. Jonathan Bayley (Faculty of Education, University of Windsor)
Dr. Olenka Bilash (Secondary Education)
Dr. George Buck (Educational Psychology)
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The purpose of this study was to trace the inauguration of the Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Bandmasters Association (CBA), its antecedents, eventual formation, inaugural challenges, solutions, unrealized goals, and successful projects. Historical research methodology was utilized to document pioneering members, bands in their communities, and the contexts of the early years of instrumental wind and percussion ensemble music education in Alberta. Findings from this research indicated that band directors persevered despite lack of formal music training, conducting or teaching experience, music equipment, knowledge of instrument repair, or repertoire. This research also investigated the success of early band directors due to factors of individual work ethic, community volunteerism, community pride, civic and provincial support for bands, the importance of Canadian Forces musicians and bands, and support of retail music businesses. The research findings acknowledged several historical antecedents to the Alberta Chapter of the CBA including a booming economy and an exceptionally stable political environment in post-war Alberta; the 1951 massed band concert at Pigeon Lake, Alberta, which educed the Central Alberta Bandmasters Association; and the 1955 invitation to become members as an Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Bandmasters Association. Research conclusions identify Herb Chandler, Harry Lomnes, Bruce Marsh, Bill Wilson, and Harry Wright as catalytic inaugural members. Many other important pioneering members, including Jack Barrigan, John Maland, Malcolm McDonnell, Ray McLeod, Oliver Murray, T. Vernon Newlove, and Allan Roddick are chronicled. A list of the initial goals of Alberta Chapter of the CBA is also documented, including: seeking government support for school and community bands for festivals, workshops, and clinics; the appointment of a Provincial Music Supervisor; and the desire for a band in every school in the province with the graduates forming bands in every community. A list of ten recommendations for further research is included.
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