2021 Guild Inductees Named

The College of Fine and Applied Arts is pleased to announce our 2021 Guild inductees. The Guild, started in 2018, is a group of noteworthy alumni, faculty, and friends of the college who are recognized posthumously for their distinguished contributions to the arts. It's imperative we celebrate those from the past who were integral to shaping the college and commemorate their far-reaching impact. The ingenuity, passion, and advocacy for the arts that the following individuals have exhibited in their lifetimes continues to inspire our faculty and students today. 

Albert Austin Harding
1880–1958
Inducted in 2021

Albert Austin Harding became the first University of Illinois Director of Bands in 1907 and served in that role until his retirement in 1948. Upon Harding’s appointment, Illinois became the first university to create a distinct band department under a director of bands. Harding, who graduated in the spring of 1905 from the College of Engineering, eventually went on to earn a full professorship in music from the University of Illinois. Over the span of his career, Harding expanded the traditional roles of bands at military ceremonies and sporting events and added a great emphasis on concert band music and transcriptions of symphonic and chamber pieces. The Concert Band became well known outside of campus through annual spring tours and weekly radio broadcasts that were well established by 1927. Band concerts in the University Auditorium were popular and well attended by students, faculty, and the community. The professionalism and musicianship of the University of Illinois Bands under Harding became the standard to which other colleges and universities aspired. John Philip Sousa called the Concert Band "the world's greatest college band.”

Daniel J. Perrino (BME ’48 and MS ’49 Music)
1921–2012
Inducted in 2021

Daniel J. Perrino, professor emeritus of music and recipient of the Chancellor’s Medallion at the University of Illinois, joined the School of Music faculty in 1960. During his time at Illinois, he served as the associate dean for the College of Fine and Applied Arts, coordinator of Alumni Affairs and Development, and dean of Campus Programs and Services. As dean of Campus Programs and Services from 1968–1976, Dan was instrumental in the creation of the African American Cultural Program, Black Chorus, La Casa Cultural Latina, Krannert Center Student Association, and Quad Day. Dan’s love for the arts, for the University of Illinois, and for humanity created a profound and lasting impact on the University of Illinois campus and on generations of students and alumni past, present, and future.

John Philip Sousa
1854–1932
Inducted in 2021

John Philip Sousa joined the United States Marine Band as an apprentice musician in 1868 at the young age of 14 and remained until 1875. From 1880–1892, he served as director of the Marine Band. Under Sousa’s leadership, the band began to tour and performed for audiences outside of the Washington, DC area. Upon leaving the Marine Band in 1892, Sousa formed what is known today as the John Philip Sousa Band that consisted of some of the most talented and recognized musicians from American and Europe. Sousa and his famous band toured across the continent from 1892-1931. Sousa, who was close with University of Illinois director of bands A.A. Harding, wrote the “University of Illinois March” in 1929, and it was performed live by the Sousa Band for the first time on NBC Radio that same year. Harding convinced Sousa that the best way to keep his legacy alive was to have the University of Illinois Concert Band continue to play Sousa’s music under his direction. Upon Sousa’s death in 1932, 39 trunks and two boxes of music were shipped to the University of Illinois Band Department and the Sousa Archives was established.

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