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Richard Clary
Welcome to the College Band Directors National Association Website!

The CBDNA Statement of Purpose reads: "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."

We are a diverse and talented community of musicians, teachers, conductors, composers, scholars, pre-professional students, and lovers of art music who have in common a deep affection and passion for the many aspects of the college wind band: its vibrant and expanding repertoire; its inclusive and wide-ranging stylistic and genre-driven constituent ensembles; and all the myriad activities and artistic aspirations that bind its devoted participants together as a community. We have several active committees that serve to move our profession forward as acknowledged leaders in our field, including those concentrating their efforts and imagination in the areas of diversity, music education, athletic bands, small band programs, new music initiatives/support for composers, and a wide spectrum of academic and applied musical research.

The CBDNA website serves its members as a gathering place for event news, musical and educational resources, artistic inquiry and dialogue, and other information relevant to the varied interests of our Association. I encourage our entire membership to consult this website regularly to learn about important events such as symposia and regional and national conferences, as well as ongoing initiatives on behalf of continued diversification, growth, development, and preservation of our profession, our steadfast commitment as advocates of progressive and comprehensive performance-based school band programs, and the continuing development of our beloved art form, and its vital contribution to our social culture.

Visitors to this site are cordially invited to explore the depth and breadth of CBDNA activities and resources, and if our goals and statement of purpose are in line with your own, and you share our passion for live music-making, we invite you to consider joining us!

Richard Clary, President
CBDNA Executive Board

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