North Carolina
Bandmasters
Association


Christian Kutchinski
2002 Hall of Fame Inductee

The first band contest in North Carolina was held on the campus of the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro in the spring of 1926 in Aycock Auditorium. The three bands involved were Greensboro High School, H. Grady Miller, conductor; Lenoir High School, Captain James C. Harper, conductor; and Winston-Salem High School, Christian D. Kutchinski, conductor.

James Christian Pfohl was the first elected president of the newly formed North Carolina Bandmasters Association in 1938, and he decided that we no longer needed to import outside experts so the clinic of 1939 was led by J.C. Pfohl of Davidson College; Donald Pfohl of Wake Forest College; and C.D. Kutchinski (pictured in 1930 as conductor of NC State College Band) of North Carolina State University.