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Ray E. Cramer joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in the fall of 1969. In 1982, Mr. Cramer was appointed Director of Bands. Under his leadership the Indiana University Symphonic Band has 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; and the 1988 MENC National Convention, Indianapolis. Other appearances include the 1991 National CBDNA Convention in Kansas City, the 1994 National MENC Convention in Cincinnati, the 1995 ABA Convention in Lawrence, Kansas and other regional and state conventions. In addition to his administrative responsibilities as the Department Chairman, Mr. Cramer teaches courses at the graduate level in wind conducting, history and literature.

Mr. Cramer is a member of ABA, CBDNA, NBA, WASBE, MENC, IMEA, IBA, and CIDA.  He is affiliated with Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Kappa Delta and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Cramer is a recipient of the Student Alumni Council Senior Faculty Award (1983), The Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award (1988), the CIDA Director of the Year Award (1988), the Phi Beta Mu, International Assembly, Outstanding Bandmaster Award (1988) and the Kappa Kappa Psi Bohumil Makovsky Memorial Award (1991). He is a past National President of the College Band Directors National Association and has served as president of the Indiana Bandmasters Association, the North Central Division of CBDNA and the Big Ten Band Directors Association.

Mr. Cramer is actively involved in clinics and guest conducting engagements throughout the United States and several foreign countries. He has served as a guest conductor on the faculty of the Musashino Academia of Music in Tokyo, Japan in the fall of 1990, the summer of 1992 and 1995.

A native of Illinois, Mr. Cramer has degrees from Western Illinois University and the University of Iowa. In December 1991, he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from his alma mater of Western Illinois University.

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Lip Benders





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Dance of the Jesters

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