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The Harold Bachman Collection


The Harold Bachman Collection
Bachman, Harold
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0.75 linear feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
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:

Harold Bachman (1892-1972) was a prominent music educator and military bandleader. He received his academic training at the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo where he graduated in 1916. While still a student, Bachman toured with several professional bands as cornetist, including Al G. Barnes's Circus Band and Bohumir Kryl's Concert Band. During World War I, Bachman served as Bandleader of the 116th Engineer Band, and after the war he organized and conducted a professional concert band known as Bachman's Million Dollar Band. From 1935 until entering the Army in World War II, Bachman was director of the University of Chicago band, where he became widely known as an advisor on school music issues to the Educational Music Bureau of Chicago and as Associate Editor of the Educational Music Magazine. During World War II, Bachman was commissioned as a Captain and made Supervisor of Music in the 6th Service Command. In October of 1943 he was ordered overseas to become supervisor of music with the Special Services Section in the South Pacific. Bachman resigned from active service as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1948 to accept a position as Director of Bands at the University of Florida. He served as President of the American Bandmaster's Association (ABA) in 1950-1951 and he received an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of Idaho in 1963.

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