School of Music

Professor Randall Coleman Elected 1st Vice-President (President-Elect) of the National Band Association

Professor Randall Coleman, Associate Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at the University of Alabama, has recently been elected 1st Vice-President (President-Elect) of the National Band Association. Professor Coleman will serve at two-year term as 1st Vice-President, then assume the role of President in June 2022. Professor Coleman is the conductor of the Alabama Symphonic Band and is the associate director of the Million Dollar Band, along with teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and wind band literature. He was appointed to the faculty at the University of Alabama in 2007 and is beginning his 39th year as an educator this fall. Professor Coleman received the bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Jacksonville (Alabama) State University and the master’s degree in Music Education from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

The National Band Association, founded on September 11, 1960, is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. The National Band Association is an organization open to anyone and everyone interested in bands, regardless of the length of experience, type of position held, or the specific level at which one works. The National Band Association includes in its membership thousands of present and future band directors from every facet of the profession from university, military, professional and community band directors to elementary, middle and high school band directors from the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands. There is also a large contingent of student members who hold membership in the National Band Association.

The educational purposes of the National Band Association are:

  • To promote the excellence of band performance throughout the world
  • To encourage the composition and performance of quality band music at all levels
  • To assist directors at all levels of experience to identify areas of mutual concern
  • To promote pride and continued enthusiasm among band directors
  • To encourage quality students to pursue careers in music
  • To promote a spirit of cooperation and continued dialogue among directors, performers, the music industry, and all other band support organizations at all levels

For more information about the National Band Association, please visit their website at