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Ostwald Award Winners
2002, Peter Graham
2001, No winner chosen
2000, Donald Grantham
1999, Donald Grantham
1998, Dan Welcher
1997, Dan Welcher
1996, Anthony Iannaccone
1995, Anthony Iannaccone
1994, Ron Nelson
1993, Ron Nelson
1992, Timothy Mahr
1991, Timothy Mahr
1990, Gregory Youtz
1989, Martin Mailman
1988, Dana Wilson
1987, David Sartor
1986, David R. Holsinger
1985, Joseph H. Downing
1984, James E. Curnow
1983, Martin Mailman
1982, David R. Holsinger
1981, James Barnes
1980, James E. Curnow
1979, No winner chosen
1978, James Barnes
1977, William H. Hill
1976, Loretta Jankowski
1975, Robert M. Panerio,Sr.
1974, James S. Sclater
1973, Roger Nixon
1972, Robert E. Jager
1971, Karl Kroeger
1970, Fisher Tull
1969, Richard Willis
1968, Robert E. Jager
1967, Lawrence Weiner
1966, John Barnes Chance
1965, Frederick Beyer
1964, Robert E. Jager
1963, Frederic H. Ashe
1962, Fritz Velke
1961, Joseph W. Jenkins
1960, Florian Mueller
1959, Maurice Weed
1958, J. Mark Quinn
1957, J. Clifton Williams
1956, J. Clifton Williams


Ostwald Award Archives

Umbrella Collection name:
American Bandmasters Association Research Center

Individual Collection name:
American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award Archives

Repository name:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland

Type: Scores, recordings, and information files on the American Bandmasters Association's Ostwald Award.

Collection dates: 1956-current

Description: This collection contains recordings and scores of the pieces that have been awarded the Ostwald Award of the American Bandmasters Association.

Statement of provenance: The provenance of this collection parallels that of the ABA Research Center as a whole.

History: The Ostwald family became interested in band music in 1936, when Ernest Ostwald offered to finance for one year the New York magazine, School Music News. Together with his younger brother Adolph, Ernest immigrated to America after the First World War, and became involved in the business of manufacturing chauffeur, livery, and other types of uniforms.

The Ostward uniform manufacturing company continued to developed and by the mid-1930s the Ostwalds started to focus on band uniforms. Together with the J.C. Penney network of stores, the Ostwalds were able to expand nationally, and provide a wide selection of band uniforms to schools, universities, and various groups of amateurs or professionals interested in performing band music. While many uniform companies turned to military uniforms during World War II, the Ostwald name came to dominate the band uniform market. The Ostwalds capitalized on this success and built their own factory on Staten Island.

In 1951, the Ostwalds joined the American Bandmasters Association as one of their associate members and suppliers. Together they established the ABA/Ostwald Award, which is given to the best band composition written in the preceding year. Ernest Ostwald died in in 1956, before the first award was presented in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Since the mid-1950s, the ABA/Ostwald Award has grown in importance and prestige, and has attained a position of national and international prominence. A foundation was created to assure continued funding for the future, and today, the ABA/Ostwald Award is among the most prestigious composition prizes in the United States. This set of web pages allows you to listen to fragments of the winning music, see parts of the scores, and meet the winners through a comprehensive collection of biographies and photographs. Much of the research for this project was done by Lynne Jacobsen. Liviu Marinescu created the original web pages.

Access: Materials from this collection must be used in the Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10 to 5, Monday through Friday. Please make an appointment with the curator.

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