About the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association

History of MSBOA


On February 3, 1934 the Southeastern Michigan Band and Orchestra Association was formed. This single district organization gained the attention of other areas of the state. . It was through the efforts of Dale C. Harris of Pontiac and Mac E. Carr of River Rouge that MSBOA was founded.

Eugene F. Heeter of Holland was delegated to serve as President pro-tem to facilitate the organizing of the state-wide organization in 1935. He met with newly appointed University of Michigan Band Director William D. Revelli who assisted in the formulation of the association. The individual directors in the state were dissatisfied with the actions of the State Director of Music Education and in particular his decision to end contests in the state. On February 8, 1936 the ratification of the MSBOA constitution at the Olds Hotel in Lansing saw the beginnings of the statewide association. Heeter was elected the first President of MSBOA. Once MSBOA was officially formed, a state-wide Solo and Ensemble Festival was planned for May of 1936. The association also scheduled clinics and workshops for teachers and an all-state band was formed for students.

In 1938 the first state-wide Band and Orchestra Festival took place. The format was similar to what is in effect today, with the exception that sight-reading was optional. Due largely to the success of the festivals and workshops, MSBOA had grown to solid structure and respect by 1938. MSBOA had assumed the leadership role in instrumental music affairs in the state of Michigan.

A wood carving of the MSBOA seal was created by Emeritus Member Ken Bowman. Ken converted the two dimensional image, used in MSBOA publications and on awards, to a three dimensional plaque. Along with music symbols the plaque features a map of Michigan and the state coat of arms. Each letter and individual figure was hand created and placed on the base. The work was begun in June of 2000 and presented to the membership in January of 2002.

Welcome to MSBOA District Seven’s Website

The MSBOA District Seven website is your stop for the latest band and orchestra information for all of the MSBOA member schools in our region. You will find information on Band/Orchestra Festivals, Solo/Ensemble Events, Honor Ensembles and support that MSBOA provides to the 59 schools that are teaching young people the joys of instrumental music in Western Michigan. Band directors can also find calendars, handouts, minutes plus links to fellow band and orchestra websites.  Please feel free to click on any of the menu links above to get started or scroll down for the latest posts from our officers.