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William Foster Collection

Abstract

Title:
William Foster Collection
Author/Creator:
Foster, William
Collection number:
99-6-ABA
Size:
1.0 linear foot
Bulk dates:
1996-1998
Inclusive dates:
1971-1998
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

William Patrick Foster (1919-2010) was the director of Florida A&M Universitys "Marching 100" and was highly influential as a bandmaster, composer, and author. His book, Band Pageantry, a Guide for Marching Band, introduced new marching styles to the band scene, breaking away from the militarized marching formations, which was the norm in past bands. Foster was appointed to the American Council on the Arts by President Bill Clinton and inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the National Association for Distinguished Band Conductors Hall of Fame, the Florida Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and the Afro-American Hall of Fame among others. He also served as the president of the American Bandmasters Association.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

William Foster Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/30907
Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

William Patrick Foster (1919-2010) was the director of Florida A&M Universitys "Marching 100" and was highly influential as a bandmaster, composer, and author. Foster began his music studies at the age of 12 at the Clarinet. He received a Bachelors of Music Education Degree from The University of Kansas, a Masters of Arts in music from Wayne State University, and was a fellow on the Rosenwald General Education Board at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received an honorary Doctor of of Humane Letters degree from Florida A&M.

His book, Band Pageantry, a Guide for Marching Band, introduced new marching styles to the band scene, breaking away from the militarized marching formations, which was the norm in past bands. Foster was appointed to the American Council on the Arts by President Bill Clinton and inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the National Association for Distinguished Band Conductors Hall of Fame, the Florida Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and the Afro-American Hall of Fame among others. He also served as the president of the American Bandmasters Association.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains research, articles, awards, and programs related to Dr. William P. Foster.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Donated to the Special Collections in Performing Arts by Dr. William P. Foster in 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Alex Boatright, August 2014.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Amanda May, August 2014.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into 4 series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Chronology of Band History, 1998 and undated (1 folder)

This series contains William Fosters compilation of band history data as well as his personal philosophy.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Chronology of Band History, Fosters Philosophy, 1998 and undated series 1box 1folder 1

Series 2: Events and Programs, 1989 and 1997-1998 (2 folders)

This series contains concert programs and reviews from William Fosters band performances.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Events, 1989 series 2box 1folder 2
Concert Programs, 1997-1998 series 2box 1folder 3

Series 3: Press, 1992-1998 and undated (3 folders)

This series contains newspaper articles, journal articles, and other press related to William Foster and his bands.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
"Music News" on new building, 1994-1996 series 3box 1folder 4
Press, undated series 3box 1folder 5
Newspaper Articles, 1992-1993, 1996, 1998 series 3box 1folder 6
Articles, 1971, 1986, 1991, 1997-1998, and undated series 3box 1folder 7

Series 4: Honors and Awards, 1988, 1998 and undated (1 folder)

This series contains honors and awards received by William Foster.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Honors and Awards, 1988, 1998, and undated series 4box 1folder 8

Related Material

The William Foster Collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association Research Center.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.