Butler Hosts Army Field Band, Bands from Purdue, Indiana, Ball State, Michigan   
INDIANAPOLIS – Free concerts by the United States Army Field Band and bands from Butler, Purdue, Indiana, Ball State and Michigan State universities will be held in Clowes Memorial Hall Feb. 29 through March 3 when Butler University hosts the American Bandmasters Conference.

The schedule of concerts will be:

8 p.m. Feb. 29: The Purdue University Wind Ensemble and the Ball State University Wind Ensemble.
8 p.m. March 1: Indiana University Wind Ensemble and Michigan State University Wind Symphony.
8 p.m. March 2: The United States Army Field Band, Washington, D.C.
2 p.m. March 3: Butler University Wind Ensemble.

The concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are required for the Army Field Band performance. The tickets are available at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office and through Ticketmaster (some fees apply). For more information, call (317) 940-6444.

The American Bandmasters Association, founded in 1929 with John Philip Sousa as honorary life president, is the most prestigious organization in the world for band directors. The current membership (invitational) comprises approximately 300 band conductors and composers in the United States and Canada, and 70 associate members (music businesses and corporations that provide significant services to bands and to the publication of band music). Its convention rotates locations throughout the United States. This is the first time it’s being held in Indianapolis since 1982.