Albert Austin Harding

(February 10, 1880-December 3, 1958)

Induction: February 2, 1980

Director of Bands at the University of Illinois.  Considered the father of the American college band and well known for his many great transcriptions.  His band set the pattern after which many college bands are modeled today.  Known as a teacher to many band directors.  Famous clinician and adjudicator.  Charter Member, Past President, and Honorary Life President of the American Bandmasters Association

Quick Facts:

Birthplace: Georgetown, Illinois
Son of Conway A. and Jennie Stewart Harding
Spouse: Margaret Roger
Children: Jane Austin Harding

Began his music career as a bugler for the Boys Brigade in Paris, Illinois

John Philip Sousa deemed his band as “the world’s greatest college concert band”

Added concert band music and transcription of symphonic  and chamber pieces to the performances at ceremonies and sporting events.