Statement of Purpose

CBDNA Statement of Purpose – March 2005

The members of the College Band Directors National Association are devoted to the teaching, performance, study and cultivation of music, with particular focus on the wind band medium. CBDNA is an inclusive organization whose members are engaged in continuous dialogue encompassing myriad philosophies and professional practices. CBDNA is committed to serving as a dynamic hub connecting individuals to communities, ideas and resources.

Declaration of Principles – 1946

We affirm our faith in and our devotion to the College Band, which, as a serious and distinctive medium of musical expression, may be of vital service and importance to its members, its institution, and its art.

To its members the College Band, through exemplary practices in organization, training, and presentation, should endeavor to provide effective experiences in musical education, in music culture, in musical recreation and in general citizenship.

To its institution the College Band should offer adequate concerts and performances at appropriate functions and ceremonies, in the interest of music culture and entertainment, and for the enhancement of institutional spirit and character.

To music as an art and a profession the College Band should bring increasing artistry, understanding, dignity, and respect, by thorough and independent efforts within the band’s own immediate sphere, by leadership and sponsorship in the secondary school program, and by cooperation with all other agencies pursuing similar musical goals.

To these ends we, the members of this Association pledge ourselves to seek individual and collective growth as musicians, as teachers, as conductors, and as administrators.