BDIC offers students the opportunity to design their own majors. 
In collaboration with advisors, BDIC students develop focused, interdisciplinary concentrations with classes from across UMass and the Five College Consortium.  Interested?  Visit the BDIC office in CHC 230 to talk with a Peer Advisor


In celebrating BDIC’s anniversary we are featuring an alum each week for the next 50 weeks. If you are an alum and would like to be featured please let us know.



Dan Gabel, BDIC (Jazz History) Class of 2011, is a trombonist, arranger, bandleader, historian, and educator. Gabel leads several of his own musical groups, including Dan Gabel and The Abletones (authentic 18-piece Big Band), The High Society Orchestra (11-piece Hot Dance of the Roaring 20s), plus various smaller groups and a Brass Quintet. He has recorded and produced six full-length albums, and appears on countless other recordings. Gabel has toured internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for over a year, as well as with the Tommy Dorsey, Cab Calloway, and Hal McIntyre Orchestras. He recently has been featured at the 2016 and 2017 Montreal Jazz Festivals, the Newport Mansions “Art Deco Festival,” and in several regional musicals. Considered an expert on jazz, big bands, and the Great American Songbook, Gabel has lectured at colleges, universities, and special events across the country including Harvard, MIT, Clark, and Indiana University.