Compiled by Arlen Hofer
1924: The first solo and ensemble contests were held at Eastern Normal School, Madison, and at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. The contests did not include band or wind instruments.
1925: District Music Contests (Band included) held at Brookings, Aberdeen, Madison, Spearfish, and Springfield. Winners eligible to compete in state music contest at USD in Vermillion.
1926: The South Dakota School Band Association was organized at the 1926 SDEA Convention. Arthur R. Thompson, Madison, was elected President; Grant Lyon, Canton, Vice-President; and J. C. Thompson, Mobridge, secretary-treasurer. I could not find any other information or dates of later meetings of this organization.
1927: The National Band Contest Movement (you must win your state contest before entering National Band Contest) I’m sure there are more bands than I have found and listed. 1927: Vermillion Band enters National Band Contests in Council Bluffs, IA.
1928: Vermillion Band enters National Band Contest in Joliet, IL
1929: Canton Band enters National Band Contest in Denver, CO
1936: Canton and Sioux Falls Washington Bands enter National Contest in Cleveland, OH
1934-35: The South Dakota High School Music Association (SDHSMA) was formed to take over the music contests.
1938: Thirteen central South Dakota band directors met in Huron in March to form the Central South Dakota Bandmasters Association (CSDBA). Harold Grant was elected President.
1938: In Nov. of 1938, the South Dakota Association of Band and Orchestra Directors (SDABOD) was formed at the 56th annual SDEA convention in Mitchell with Harold Grant being elected President.
1939: The first annual SDSU band clinic in Brookings is held with 53 band directors in attendance. The SDSU band clinic has continued annually except during World War II.
1940: The SDABOD convention is held in conjunction with the 2nd SDSU band clinic in Brookings.
1940: The SDABOD becomes the SDBA around this time. The SDBA convention and the SDSU band clinic have been held together since 1940.
1941: The first issue of the South Dakota Band and Orchestra Director is published. I cannot find any issues after Vol. 1 #2. It probably ceased during World War II.
1941-1947: The SDBA becomes inconstant during World War II and is reactivated in 1947.
1948: The first South Dakota Grade Instrumental Music Contest Co-Chaired and organized by Willard Fejfar, Vermillion HS Band Director and Ralph T. Fulghum, USD Band Director. 325 musicians competed in the contest from 32 schools.