The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
-Leonard Bernstein

I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty…an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievements in business and statecraft.
-John F. Kennedy

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COVID-19 Study

Unprecedented International Coalition led by Performing Arts Organizations to Commission COVID-19 Study.

A number of performing arts organizations have joined forces to commission a study on the effects of COVID-19 on the return to the rehearsal hall. It is important to understand what risks exist in performing arts classrooms and performance venues. Specifically, the study will examine aerosol rates produced by wind instrumentalists, vocalists, and even actors, and how quickly those aerosol ...

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The CBDNA Report

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Performing Arts Aerosol Study: 3rd Release of Data 11/13/2020

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 13, 2020) — In its ongoing task of identifying ways to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in performing arts activities, a third set of preliminary results has been released in the unprecedented aerosol study commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and a coalition of more than 125 performing arts organizations.

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The North American Band Survey: Results Released

The North American Band Survey was launched on September 9, 2020 as a joint initiative between the American Bandmasters Association (ABA), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the National Band Association (NBA), and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The purpose of the survey was to collect information about curricular and programming models that are being used in band programs in the 2020-2021 school year with the goal of creating a large repository of curricular and programming ideas to share with any and all interested directors. The survey was sent to the members of each of the professional organizations as well as posted in public forums. The survey remained open until October 9 and was completed by 2,272 persons.

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CBDNA Webinar Series

CBDNA and the Social Media Committee are pleased to announce the Webinar Series for continued professional development opportunities that supplement CBDNA’s more traditional in-person conferences.

CBDNA Webinar Series

CBDNA COVID-19 Response Committee Report

Updated May 21, 2020

View the comprehensive report completed by the COVID-19 Response Committee.


2021 CBDNA National Conference Postponed

The 2021 CBDNA National Conference is postponed until 2023!

The new dates will be February 15-18, 2023 in Athen, GA hosted by hosted by Cynthia Johnston Turner and her staff at the University of Georgia Hodgson School of Music. The 2023 conference previously scheduled to be hosted by Bobby Francis at Texas Christian University will be moved to 2025 and those dates announced at a later date.

The Dr. William P. Foster Project

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CBDNA Journal

CBDNA Journal is a scholarly publication, published online, with a mission of providing a resource for qualitative, quantitative, historical, and theoretical research in the field of wind band performance, teaching, and advocacy.

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