As educators we never really end a
school year and start over as most think we do.
We just continue, with hopefully a few breaks along the way, to
prepare for what is next.
There is always another rehearsal, performance, fund-raiser, booster
meeting, trip, or field to line off.
I know this is true in the band director profession.
We are researching MPA performance music while planning a
marching band show. We are
recruiting for the future as we are preparing for our final concert of
the year. And one of the
things that we do that is most impressive is we are helping each other
all along the way. Working
each other’s band camps, conducting instrument tryouts for a colleague’s
next beginner band, visiting rehearsals to assist with contest
preparation, sharing advice on music that is advisable or not so
advisable to play. And
that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
I see the same dedication and
camaraderie from band students. If the band room is open, they will
come. It is their
“Clubhouse.” Hanging out
with fellow band members, meeting after the game at Waffle House,
throwing a Frisbee during water breaks, or crashing the flute section’s
pool party is what keeps them coming back.
Observing the friendships that develop, the musical growth, and
the personal growth of our students is what keeps us coming back.
It’s going to be another great year of band.
ABA Summer Conference 2015 is in the
books. I am positive that if
you attended you were not disappointed.
We had outstanding clinics presented by Keith Anderson, Pat
Stegall, Mark Foster and Sallie Vines White, and Greg Gumina (Southwind
Drum Corps). What great
attendance we had for the “Social Hour”/Shrimp Boil -- approximately 140
directors and family members attended.
Having Betty Bates as our featured “Old Fogie” speaker had much
to do with the huge crowd.
Betty is an amazing person.
Please plan to attend next year.
I promise that we will be fully prepared for a large crowd and we
will get you fed more efficiently.
Thank you to AWB Apparel, Southern Performances, Art’s Music
Shop, Demoulin Uniforms, Sound Choices Recording, Super Holiday Tours,
and Mouchette Enterprises for serving as sponsors of the “Social Hour.”
Hopefully, you and your family also got in some much needed beach
time as well. We will return
to Hampton Inn-Orange Beach in June of 2016.
I want to thank and congratulate you on
selecting such fine representatives from your districts to serve on the
ABA Board. We had a very
productive board meeting. It
is a privilege to be surrounded by such talented
committees are working on assigned projects, such as updating our
by-laws, adjudicator certification process, and list of approved
President-Elect Doug Farris has already proven to be an invaluable asset
to your organization and especially to me. As outlined in our By-Laws,
Doug is Chair of the Music Selection Committee.
We have representation from throughout the state on this
committee. They met for
several hours and will be adding a number of new compositions to the
Cumulative List. New music
added this summer will be noted as such on the list.
Executive Secretary Harry McAfee received a well-deserved
positive review from the board as well.
Thanks to Harry for a job well done.
As a member of AMEA/ABA, you also have
responsibilities. Return all
dues, fees, registrations, and respond to all correspondence in a timely
Renew your NAfME membership now
if you have not done so. Please do not wait until the AMEA
In-Service in January to renew as this creates delays in the onsite
registration and pre-registration pick-up process.
Check the AMEA/ABA website regularly.
You will find needed forms, All-State Band audition requirements
and etudes, Cumulative Music list, ABA Directory, and other useful and
needed information. Check
the abafest.com site weekly for announcements and calendar updates.
Your ABA state officers and district officers will be using this
site to keep you informed as well as have you register for events such
as All-State and MPA. With
the guidance of David Raney we are continuing to develop and expand this
We will have three pieces of new
legislation (included in this issue) to consider at our business meeting
in January at the AMEA Conference. Conference
registration and lodging reservations are available now.
Visit the AMEA website to access this information.
Pre-register today and save.
We have a great line-up of per-forming ensembles and
clinics/sessions representing ABA for this conference.
Alabama has been well represented for the past
several years at the annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
We have had a band perform, as well as several of our ABA members
present clinics, rehearsal labs, serve on panel discussions, etc.
This year the Pizitz Middle School Band, under the direction of
Kim Bain and Leah Seng, will perform on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at
10:45 A.M. Please make your reservation for Tuesday, and let’s have a
strong ABA showing in support of our colleagues and their students.
I wish you success as you continue to
inspire your students to reach the goals that have been set.
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