American Big Band Preservation Society

Preserve - Perform - Promote  

Duke Ellington Orchestra ABBPS collectio


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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