Illinois Bands Sesquicentennial
Throughout the 2018-2019 season, as part of our sesquicentennial celebration, the Illinois Bands will be bringing you a piece of its history each week.
Armenian Dances, Part I was completed in the summer of 1972 by Alfred Reed and first performed by Dr. Harry Begian, to whom the work is dedicated, and the University of Illinois Symphonic Band, on January 10, 1973, at the C.B.D.N.A. Convention in Urbana, Illinois.
Photos courtesy of the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.