An exhibition on the history, community impact, and support of instrumental music education in Washington, D.C. public schools from the 1880s to 2006. The exhibit focuses on the development of junior and senior high school cadet (military) bands and their evolution into the popular marching and show band programs today. The exhibit was organized by the Anacostia Community Museum in collaboration with Community Help In Music Education and held from September 10, 2006 to May 14, 2007. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, original documentary photographs, and brochures.
Scope and Contents:
The records of the exhibition Banding Together measure 2 linear feet and date from 1925 to 2006 (bulk dates 1970 to 2006). The records include administrative records, research files, floor plans, exhibit texts, oral histories, transcripts, and project files.
Administrative records include correspondence, meeting minutes, project outline, list of potential artifacts, concept statement, and contact lists.
Research files contain articles, clippings, and photocopies pertaining to school bands in the District of Columbia, and high school music education in general, as well as articles on the following Washington, DC schools: Anacostia, Ballou, Cardozo, Dunbar, Eastern, and Howard D. Woodson.
Oral history interviews contain compact discs, transcripts and indexes of interviews conducted with high school band directors.
Exhibit files include floor plan layouts, photocopies of images and artifacts, brochures, object list, and scripts.
Photograph files include original documentation of school band parades, portraits of band directors, school band uniforms and instruments, and photocopies of images borrowed for the exhibition.
Records of Banding Together: School Bands as Instruments of Opportunity Exhibition were created by the Anacostia Community Museum.
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Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.