V. Fraschillo, professor of music and director of bands at The University
of Southern Mississippi, has been elected vice president/president-elect
of America's most prestigious organization for band directors, The
American Bandmasters Association (ABA), at its annual convention
in March in Williamsburg, Va.
in the ABA is by invitation only, and future presidents are chosen
by past presidents only; therefore, this honor is singular among
was invited to become a member in 1988. "The process was long
and tedious as the election committee places much scrutiny upon
its potential candidates," he said. "But, the experience
was one of the most rewarding aspects of my career as a conductor
and music educator."
Even more unique
to his election, there has never been a vice president selected
from Mississippi, and Fraschillo is only the second officer to be
selected from a southern state in the organization's long history.
The other officer was Professor Frank Wickes of Louisiana State
University in Baton Rouge.
election to vice president of the ABA is an indication of his esteemed
reputation among bandmasters the world over," said Dr. Charles
Elliott, director of the School of Music at Southern Miss. "The
entire university should take great pride in his accomplishment."
of the ABA have included such notable Americans as John Philip Sousa,
Edwin Franko Goldman, Karl King, Col. John R. Bourgeois, commander/conductor
of the United States Marine Band "The President's Own,"
and Col. Arnold Gabriel, commander/conductor of the United States
Air Force Band.
of the ABA, as envisioned by Goldman some 68 years ago, is carried
out today by a distinguished and committed group of bandleaders
and associates. At present, the membership roster includes six honorary
life members, five honorary members, three honorary associate members,
266 members, and 68 associate members from the United States and
been quite a remarkable experience to be a part of the great history
of this group," Fraschillo said. "Many of our members
are in their 80s and 90s and have devoted a lifetime to their profession,
to music. They have made the educational process attainable for
young musicians across the United States and Canada and are major
contributors to the cultural and musical fiber of our country."
in this elite group of bandmasters has afforded Fraschillo, by reputation,
many opportunities to conduct and lecture throughout the world.
His election to high office in this organization brings national
status and respect in the ranks of conductors of bands to Mississippi
and to Southern Miss.
we brought the national convention to Mississippi," Fraschillo
said. "Since most of the members of the organization had never
been to Mississippi, it was an opportunity to show them what great
things Southern Miss has to offer and the many wonderful things
that the South has to offer."
first obligation as the future president will be to chair the membership
committee for 2005. "It is a difficult task, since I will have
to coordinate the application process for the 16 nominees for 2005,"
he said. "Other responsibilities will include supervision of
the ABA's large foundation that is used to promote new works for
band, research projects, and a research journal."