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You may know Dan Gabel from the bandstand, leading one of his groups like Dan Gabel and The Abletones, or on tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, or perhaps you’ve heard recordings or arrangements. You may also know how passionate Dan is about this music.


The ABBPS is a non-profit with a mission near and dear to Dan's heart – preserving, promoting, and performing big band and the Great American Songbook, and keeping this music in our schools.


We’ve had many successes – just take a look at some of the original manuscript arrangements, autographed photos, programs, recordings, and more. You can see our youth big band ensemble online, bringing to life the music on these unique old manuscripts…

Video: Youth Jazz Ensemble

Your help right now can ensure a secure future for this treasure trove of wonderful music.

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Big Band photo collection lives on

August, 2022

In February, we were honored to receive a truly spectacular donation: a collection of over 100 original photographs. The photos cover a wide range of famous to little-know Big Bands from the 1935-1945 period, and most of which include autographs of the band leader, and in some cases, from all of the band members. These items have been meticulously scanned, labeled, and archived by our team, ensuring their preservation and enjoyment for generations to come.

A full archival list will be available in June, 2023. As of February 2023, ALL photos have been carefully scanned using a high-resolution scanner, and images are available upon request. Stay tuned!

Youth Jazz Ensemble plays the authentic sound

March 27, 2023

The Worcester (MA) Youth Jazz Ensemble does it again - this time bringing to life twelve arrangements for their spring 2023 season. Conducted and coached by founder Dan Gabel, the ensemble has grown greatly since it started in 2015. Part of the Worcester Youth Orchestras program of central New England, these ensembles nurture and showcase talented young musicians, age 8 to 18. 

"Our jazz ensemble has a real authentic big band sound" says Gabel, and adds "they swing hard on a Basie chart, stomp through a late 1920s number, and even glide with ease on an old dance-band polka and fox trot... it's a special group."

Almost all of the arrangements the ensemble plays are from the original manuscripts (copies/scans, of course) from the great and lesser-known arrangers and groups from the Big Band era. "It's so special for us to play these original charts" said one student. "This is my favorite music" said another.

Yes, the future of this music is bright! Stay tuned for more...


Our Mission

Mission: The American Big Band Preservation Society, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and performing the sounds and history of the Big Bands, with an emphasis on education and keeping music in schools.

Our Story: Several Boston-based musicians were approached by the granddaughter of a Big Band leader, active in the 1940s. The woman asked where she might donate this Big Band music collection. After some research, the musicians discovered that no such repository existed, and thus the idea for the ABBPS was born.

The organization was founded in 2007 by a group of passionate individuals. Since that time, the collection has grown to include some 8,000 musical arrangements, photographs, recordings, radio broadcasts, memorabilia, interviews, musical instruments and more. The archive includes libraries and arrangements from such iconic bandleaders as: Henry Busse, Boyd Rayburn, Ted Herbert, Vaughn Monroe, Harvey Cohen, and many others.

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Big Band Youth Ensemble

Big Band Youth Ensemble

"Educating the Next Generation of Musicians"

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