Our expanding library of big band arrangements will be made publicly available to schools and music ensembles who want to learn more about playing this music. The ABBPS also offers educational clinics on performing, arranging and teaching big band music.
After Francisco Pizarro came to the New World, he devoted the rest of his life searching for El Dorado – a mythical city of gold. As a jazz historian, I too have dreams of finding my own version of El Dorado. Well, as lyricist Ned Washington wrote, “your dreams come true.”
Just after taking the helm as President and CEO of The American Big Band Preservation Society, I traversed to California on a Big Band “treasure hunt”; I had received an e-mail in January about a Big Band library stored away in a garage at a private home in Riverside, CA. I knew that my contact in Riverside had something special, but I was unsure as to the exact contents or magnitude of the aforementioned collection. Continue reading