Harding Band Building
If he were still alive, the energetic and innovative A.A. Harding would doubtlessly trumpet the facilities housed in the building named after him. Under one roof at 1103 S. Sixth St. in Champaign are the bands’ own recording studio, classrooms, practice rooms, and state-of-the-art rehearsal space. There’s much more: the Harding Band Building holds the Illinois Bands Library, the world’s largest—and ever expanding—repository of wind band music; the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music (nearly three-fourths of the world’s Sousa performance editions); the Herbert L. Clarke Library and Collection; the Carl Busch Historical Instrument Collection; the A.A. Harding Archives—and lots of people actively tending and using all these resources. For additional information about Illinois Bands and the Harding Band Building, go to the Illinois Bands web page.
Visit the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.