Newsletter Going Paperless


The Newsletter of American Band History Research is going paperless.  We can now be found at, and Twitter@ambandresearch.  Articles based on primary research will be considered first, but articles based on secondary sources will also be considered for publication.  

We also have a blog for your news, events, stories, audio, photos, and video related to band history in the United States.

Please send your submissions for the newsletter and the blog to:

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dianna Eiland, Founding Editor

WASBE 2017

This years WASBE Conference starts on July 18th in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The Newsletter will be in attandance with live updates from the conference. Please join us for this international wind band event!

WASBE 2017 Conference

This years WASBE conference will be in Utrecht, The Neatherlands from July 18 to 22.
Utrecht is in the middle of the country with musical arts in plenty.
We will be in attandance and reporting live on the conference.
So, if you can’t be there join us on the web!

Society for American Music 2017 Conference


Annual Conference

March 22 to 26, 2017

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Society for American Music (SAM) will hold its annual conference from 22 to 26 March 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Please visit their web site at: for information on the conference program, lecture recitals, concerts, poster papers, conference exhibits, the Silent Auction, Interest Group meetings, and special events.

There are always many band related papers and events at SAM, and this conference will be no exception.  The American Band History Research Interest Group will be convening during the conference with short papers and discussion on current research in the field.  The Newsletter of American Band History Research will have a booth in the exhibit hall during the conference.  The SAM Band will make its annual appearance during the Saturday Reception performing historical songs and music.  All performers are welcome.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this year’s SAM Conference in Montreal.  During our lively paper sessions we always come away with new ideas and insight into music in the United States of America.

I look forward to seeing you soon:

Dianna Eiland


wasbe world June 2016If you are not a member of WASBE the June 2016 issue of “WASBE World” is worth a look.  It has articles on conducting, education, history, wind band music, and WASBE news and events.

The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) is a global music group of band enthusiasts with a membership of thousands.  Find them at:

Paul Bierley’s Service

Paul E. Bierley7 May 2016 Columbus, OH

Today we celebrated the long and productive life of Paul E. Bierley, 3 February 1926 to 9 April 2016.

A large number of his friends, fellow band researchers, and family were in attendance.  The service was held at Northwest Christian Church at 2:00 PM.  The service began with “Meditation on a Theme by Percy Grainger,” arrainged by John Bierley.  Musicians: Amy Baker and Dave Eaton, cornet, Scott Strom, horn, Earle Louder, euphonium, Gary Tirey, tuba, Albert Adcock, organ, and Tim Jameson, conductor.  Paul selected the hymns and other music for the service. There were readings, Katherine Borst-Jones performed two flute solos with piano, and Paul’s son John spoke of his father’s life.  After the service the Ohio Capital Winds, Catherine Hope-Cunningham, director, with guest euphonium-Laura Lineberger, performed Sousa and Fillmore pieces conducted by Paul’s friends: Keith Brion, Earle Louder, and John Bierley concluded the service with “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Band research friends of Paul’s who were at the service were: Andrew Glover, C. L. Barnhouse Co., Master Sgt. Amanda Simmons, The United States Marine Band, and Dianna Eiland, Society for American Music.

Please send memorial contributions to the Paul Bierley Sousa Research Fund at the University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 W. Green St., MC 386, Urbana, IL 61801.

Please visit us at for photos and videos of the service.

Upcoming Events

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, “Remembering World War I” 1 May 2016.  For more information on their events go to:

The Great American Brass Band Festival, Danville, KY, 2-5 June 2016.

WASBE Regional Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 8-11 July 2016.

19th Mid Europe, Schladming, Austria, 12-17 July 2016.

IGEB, Oberwolz, Austria, 21-26 July 2016.