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Statement of Purpose

Vision Statement – 2021

CBDNA IS A COMMUNITY OF…

• Artists
…who practice curiosity, creativity, and scholarship.
…who value our role in the global arts community and who value all art forms.
…who embrace a constantly evolving musical language and repertoire.
…who recognize our traditions and history while celebrating innovation.
…who transform lives through music.

• Leaders
…who represent a wide variety of college and university band programs.
…who engage with diverse cultures.
…who promote good citizenship through musicianship.
…who champion diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging in all
aspects of our profession.


• Educators
…who interact with musicians of all ages.
…who are student-centered teachers and life-long learners.
…who inspire critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and
continuing engagement with music
…who empower our students.

Statement of Purpose – 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.