DeKalb School District band director elected into American Bandmasters Association

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Southwest DeKalb High School band director James Seda has been elected into the American Bandmasters Association (ABA).

As one of 13 new members, Seda joins recognized band directors from various public schools, universities and orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. Seda’s election also brings the total number of African-American band directors among the American Bandmasters Association to just six of 325 total members.

Seda has served as director of bands at Southwest DeKalb High since 2001. Previously, he served as assistant director of bands at Southwest’s feeder school, Chapel Hill Middle School.

A product of the Atlanta Public Schools, graduated from Southside Comprehensive High School. He received his bachelor’s of science degree in music education from Florida A&M.

Bands under Seda’s leadership have been featured in the movie, “Drumline,” marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, and have performed at the 2016 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Band Directors Consortium. Seda is a four-time recipient of the Citation of Excellence award from the National Band Association.

Seda and his wife, Jennifer, live in Ellenwood, according to  He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. Seda also is a member of the Minority Band Directors National Association.

The American Bandmasters Association, founded in 1929, is comprised of conductors, composers, and arrangers. The organization helps further the interests of classical American and Canadian musicians by providing significant services to bands nationwide. Some accomplishments include the establishment of the Journal of Band Research; the founding of the National Band Association Hall of Fame for Distinguished Conductors; the American Bandmaster Research Center at the University of Maryland; and half a century’s worth of dedication to the betterment of bands.

–Staff writer Mackenzie N. Morgan contributed to this report.

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  • Linda Nash

    May 23, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Congratulations Mr Seda, you are the best. Thanks for everything you do for SWD, the school, students and community. I wish you continued success in all your endeavors, no doubt you will achieve greatness.


  • Persephone C. Goodwin

    May 24, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Congratulations, Mr. Seda!!! Well deserved.


  • Merna Dawson

    May 25, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Congratulations Mr.Seda, you are one Great Band Director!!!


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