NEW: Two outstanding performance opportunities!
NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles and
U.S. Army All-American Marching Band
Reserve a room at the Hampton Inn and Suites for the Summer Conference
- June 24-26, 2014
Rusty Courson, ABA
Wow!!! What an outstanding AMEA In-Service Conference!!! If you didn’t
attend this year, consider making plans now to be there in 2015!!!
Thanks to those of you that took the time to present an outstanding
slate of clinics, providing practical solutions that we can actually
utilize in our band rooms. We enjoyed exceptional concerts from groups
at every performance level throughout the state. Thanks to the Alabama
Jazz Collective for taking the time to open the convention with an
amazing performance, shared by a group comprised of college professors
from various institutions of higher learning in Alabama.
In addition, a very special thanks to the Austin High School Concert
Band (Clay Sloan), Phillips Preparatory Symphonic Band (Heather Moore),
Daleville High School Symphonic Band (Mark Nichols), Bumpus Middle
School Symphonic Band (Josh Lynch), Albertville High School Percussion
Ensemble (Taylor Cash), Thompson High School Wind Ensemble (Jon Bubbet),
and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Wind Symphony (Dr. Sue
Samuels). Instrumental music education is definitely alive and well in
If you submitted a proposal for a clinic or applied as a performance
group, and you weren’t selected this year, PLEASE consider reapplying
for 2015. With a limited number of slots for each division, the
decisions that are made regarding clinics and band performances are
incredibly difficult. Forms can be found on the AMEA website, and the
deadline for submitting applications to Garry Taylor is June 1st.
As you know, our All-State Band Festival will take place in Huntsville
again this year. The state solo competition will be held on the campus
of UAH on April 9th, and all-state will be located at the Von Braun
Center of April 10th – 12th at the Von Braun Center. Clinicians this
year are Dr. Linda Moorhouse, Red Band; Samuel Hazo, White Band; Dr.
Mark Walker, Blue Band; and Linda Gammon, Middle School Band.
Our summer convention will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites in
Orange Beach this year. The ABA Board and Music Selection Committee will
meet on June 24th, while we’ll have ABA general business meetings and
clinics on June 25th and 26th. If you have any ideas for clinics, please
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a direct link to the
hotel posted on the ABA website that will allow you to go ahead and
register now. Discounted rates expire on June 1st…or until they run out
of rooms. Don’t wait. Register now!!!
We passed two important pieces of legislation during AMEA. The first
proposal streamlines the audition process for our percussion students. I
want to personally thank the Alabama chapter of the Percussive Arts
Society for their tireless work in putting this proposal together. I
would start recognizing individuals, but I’ll guarantee you that for
every single person I remember, there are many others that contributed
to the process as well. The second proposal involves schools that take
multiple bands to our music performance assessment. As currently stated
in the bylaws, first bands pay a $100.00 school fee, while second and
subsequent bands only pay $50.00. In order to ensure that this event is
paying for itself (if you think about it, it costs just as much to
adjudicate that second band as it does the first), the membership
overwhelmingly voted for ALL bands to pay the $100.00 school fee. Of
course, we still have to pay the $1.00 per person student fee as well.
Hopefully, this will allow ABA to continue to remain solvent.
Speaking of MPA, I hope that your preparations are going well. This is a
great opportunity for us to validate what we’re doing in the classroom,
and also a great learning experience for our students as well. If I
don’t see you before, I’ll see you in Huntsville for All-State in
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