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Banding Together: School Bands as Instruments of Opportunity

September 10, 2006 – May 14, 2007

Location: Main Gallery

This highly visual exhibition presents the history, community impact, and support of instrumental music education in Washington, D.C. public schools from the 1880s to 2006. Special emphasis is placed on the development of junior and senior high school cadet (military) bands and their evolution into the popular marching and show bands of today. Among the items telling the story of this significant community tradition are band uniforms, historic photographs, instruments, and recordings. Also, interactive displays allow visitors to participate in the band experience.