Caption: Dedication - Band Building Ticket
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS BANDS Urbana, Illinois February 1, 1958 Dear Friends and Colleagues: We have waited a long time for this day. Many of you have waited a long time, too — sharing companionably our interest and sometime anxiety. But now, at last, the great day is at hand!
On March 7, 1958 we will dedicate the new Band Building* a truly magnificent building worthy of the great state of Illinois - a truly magnificent building which will inspire great acheivements and provide the tools for their accomplishment* Exactly twenty years ago the University of Illinois Bands were hosts to the youthful American Bandmasters Association. We announce with a great measure of pride that this organization, which numbers among its members the outstanding names in the band field, has chosen to return to our campus for its 24-th Annual Convention in order to be with us for these dedication ceremonies. So many luminaries of the band world in one place shall surely set the sky ablaze.1 These two tremendous happenings combine with the Sixty-eighth Anniversary Concerts of the Concert Band and malce up a never—to-be-forgotten event. We want you to be our guest for as many of the festivities as possible. Outlined below are the principal features of the program; more details will be forthcoming later. Plan now to be with us on this happy and auspicious occasion. Thursday. March 6 There will be a preliminary concert by the First Regimental Ban4 in the University Auditorium at 4:00 p.m. Conductor Everett Kisinger will share conducting honors with twelve distinguished members of the American Bandmasters Association: James Berdahl, Howard Bronson, Gregory Bueche, Thomas Fabish, Bernard Fitzgerald, Leonard Haug, George Howard, Karl King, Franklin Kreider, Hugh McMillen, Leonard Meretta, and George Reynolds. Leonard Falcone of Michigan State University will be guest euphonium soloist. We extend a special invitation to complete high school bands to attend this concert. Friday. March 7 Dedication Davi From 8:30 to 9*30 in the morning and from 1:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon there will be Open House, with guided tours, in the Band Building. 10:00 a.m. is the hour of the Dedication Convocation in the Auditorium. The speakers will be Governor Stratton, President Henry, Director Emeritus Harding, and representatives of the alumni, students, and professional band organizations. Following the Convocation the audience will be invited to join in the procession to the Band Building for the official presentation by the President of the Board of Trustees, Park Livingston. At 2:00 p.m., in Lincoln Hall Theatre, Harold Bachman, Richard Goldman, Owen Reed William Revelli, William Santelmann - whose names conjure up thoughts of the best* in band and music - will participate in a symposium on "The Role of the Concert Band". This will be a session of genuine musical and academic interest.