Ray E. Cramer

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Ray E. Cramer was a member of the Indiana University School of Music faculty from fall 1969 through May 2005. In 1982, Cramer was appointed director of bands, and under his leadership the Indiana University Wind Ensemble earned an international reputation for outstanding musical performances, including the 1982 ABA Convention, Indianapolis; the 1984 joint American Bandmasters Association/Japan Bandmasters Association Convention, Tokyo; the 1988 MENC National Convention, Indianapolis; the 1991 National CBDNA Convention in Kansas City, the 1994 National MENC Convention in Cincinnati, the 1995 ABA Convention in Lawrence, Kansas, the 1997 National CBDNA Convention in Athens, Georgia, the 2003 CBDNA National Convention in Minneapolis, MN, a 2000 spring tour to Japan performing in six cities and the All Japan Band Clinic, and a 2003 performance at the Midwest Clinic.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities as the department chairman, Cramer taught graduate courses in wind conducting, history, and literature. He also conducted the University Orchestra for seven years during the fall semester. He is a past national president of the College Band Directors National Association and the American Bandmasters Association and has served as president of the Indiana Bandmasters Association, the North Central Division of CBDNA, and the Big Ten Band Directors Association. He is the current president of the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra convention held in Chicago each December.