As I write this, I’m still recovering (and reflecting) on our AMEA
In-Service Conference this year.
It is SO refreshing to be able to experience professional
development that is actually applicable to our field!!!
I’m sure that we’ve all experienced PD sessions at our school
that have absolutely NOTHING to do with music education.
Thank you so much to those of you that took the time to share
your ideas with us in a clinic setting.
We were also very blessed to have GREAT concerts this year!!!
A very special thanks to the Faith Academy Symphonic Band (David
Pryor), the Tuscaloosa County High School Wind Ensemble (Jed Smart), the
Sparkman High School Wind Ensemble (David Raney), the Shades Valley High
School Symphonic Band (David Allinder), the Monrovia Middle School
Advanced Band (Donald Dowdy), and the Alabama Winds (Randall Coleman).
I would be remiss in not mentioning the Intercollegiate Band
performance as well, conducted by one of the greats in our field, Col.
If you submitted a proposal for a clinic or applied for a performance
slot, and you weren’t selected this year, please consider reapplying for
2016. We have a limited
number of slots for clinics and performances, and both of the years that
I’ve been President, we’ve had some very tough choices to make.
Application forms can be found on the AMEA website, and the
deadline for submitting applications to Garry Taylor is June 1st.
After spending the last two years in Huntsville, we will be traveling
back to Mobile this year for our All-State Band Festival.
On Wednesday, April 11th, our state solo contest will
take place on the campus of the University of South Alabama, and we will
be at the Mobile Convention Center on Thursday, April 12th
and Friday, April 13th.
The dress rehearsal and final concert will take place at the
Mobile Civic Center on Saturday, April 14th.
Clinicians this year are Robert W. Smith, Red Band; Richard
Saucedo, White Band; Dr. Ken Bodiford, Blue Band; and Dr. Carla
Gallahan, Middle School Band.
Our summer convention will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites in
Orange Beach again this year.
The ABA Board and Music Selection Committee will meet on Tuesday,
June 23rd, while we’ll have ABA general business meetings and
clinics on Wednesday, June 24th and Thursday, June 25th.
If you have any ideas for clinics, please contact our incoming
President, Michael Holmes, at
As always, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at
I look forward to seeing all of you at all-state in Mobile this
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