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College of Fine Arts
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Contemporary band scholars believe that the American community band experienced a revival at the end of the twentieth century. Examining the community band’s unique history from its earliest forms during the Revolutionary period through the Golden Age of Bands identifies the traditions that supported this revival. The twentieth century, however, is ripe with developments largely independent from previous eras, including the vast expansion of the music education system in the United States and the education of amateur musicians, the Great Depression, and the gradual acceptance of the band as an artistic medium. Through this study, the current revival of the American community band may be better understood, as may its role in American culture throughout the nation’s history.
Bands (Music) - History.
Hartz, Jason Michael, "The American Community Band: History and Development" (2003). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 194.