Music Chair, Andy Collinsworth Elected as a Member in the American Bandmasters Association

February 19, 2024
Andy Collinsworth formal headshot

Andy Collinsworth has been elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

The American Bandmasters Association was founded in 1928 by renowned band leader Edwin Franko Goldman, leader of the famed Goldman Concert Band in New York, as an organization promoting excellence in the wind band field. Other notable members in its nearly 100-year history include John Philip Sousa (who served as the first ABA president), Percy Grainger, Arthur Pryor, Henry Fillmore, Karl L. King, Gustav Holst, Albert Austin Harding, Mark Hindsley and Glenn Cliffe Bainum, to name a few. Current members represent some of the most prominent band conductors and composers from around the country.

Selection to the American Bandmasters Association is considered to be a pinnacle of achievement for wind band conductors. Membership in the ABA is determined by a nomination and election process. Nominees are selected by a committee and must submit performance recordings and a curriculum vitae demonstrating musical excellence and expertise. Recordings and documentation are reviewed and then voted upon by the membership.

Dr. Collinsworth will be inducted at the upcoming ABA Convention in Washington D.C. March 6 -10, 2024. As part of the ceremonies, he will conduct a performance of Autumn Walk, a 1958 composition by American composer Julian Work that Dr. Collinsworth recently revised and edited, with the United States Navy Concert Band, Washington D.C.