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April 19, 2017
Arkansas Symphony and Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra Offstage Brass Ensemble
Hello, I hope this message finds you well! I'm writing to share an opportunity for students who might be interested in playing symphonic music who would like a taste of the experience before making a big commitment! You may have already received notice of this through the ASBOA board. On May 7th, the Arkansas Symphony and Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform The Pines of Rome as the annual Side by Side concert at the newly renovated Robinson Center in Little Rock, with Philip Mann conducting. At the end of the piece there is an offstage brass ensemble that adds to the dramatic ending.   So, we are looking for horn, trumpet and trombone students to come and play a small but very fun and important part in a performance of one of the most popular symphonic works of all time! We can double and even triple these parts.   There will be a short rehearsal on April 29th from 10:30am-12pm for the brass ensemble only, in Little Rock. Then on May 7th, both orchestras and extra players will rehearse at 1:30pm, and perform at 7pm.    Please let me know if you can recommend any students to share this experience with us! I have attached the 6 brass parts so you can take a look. Parts one, two, three, and four are for trumpets, and five and six are trombone. Parts 3 and 4 are to be doubled on horn, which would be great (I can provide transposed parts). I have also attached a link to a recording of the 4th movement of Respighi's Pines of Rome:   http://youtu.be/My6K__9Cwao  

Thanks - Look forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes,
Geoffrey Robson Director, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles
geoffrobson@gmail.com

April 18, 2017
The Hot Springs Jazz Society
...is pleased to offer scholarships for exceptional Arkansas High School students to attend the University of Arkansas-Monticello High School Jazz Camp to be held  July 1 ​6​ -2 ​1 , 201 ​7​ .   Criteria for these scholarships: 1) Student must  ​be of high school age by the date of Jazz Camp​ . 2) Students must show exceptional talent, have a strong interest in jazz, and be a responsible citizen.  ​Scholarship winners may also be required to attend some events at September 2017 Hot Springs Jazz Fest.​ 3) Application must include a short recommendation from music teacher/band director evaluating student's musical ability, potential, and financial need. Financial need is not necessarily a requirement for this scholarship.  Recommendation must be attached to application. 4) Student and teacher must complete and sign the Scholarship Application form. Parent/guardian must also  ​complete and ​ sign Release of Liability Form.    GET APPLICATION AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORMS at  ​our website​: HSJazzSociety.org ​  ​http://www.hsjazzsociety.org/index.php?page=scholarships   Scholarships available as long as funds last!   Submit Scholarship Application form and Release of Liability forms via snail mail to: Hot Springs Jazz Society PO Box 22662 Hot Springs, AR 71903 or via email to: HSJazzSociety@gmail.com   Questions? Richard Jorgensen, Scholarship Chair jorgensenr27@gmail.com or  HSJazzSociety@gmail.com

April 17, 2017
ASU Color Guard Auditions
Colleagues,   If you have any students who have participated in color guard and are attending Arkansas State University this fall, auditions are coming up!  Our two audition days are Saturday, April 22 from 1:00-5:00 pm OR Saturday, May 6 from 1:00-5:00 pm.  Auditions will take place at the Indoor Practice Facility located to the north of the football stadium.  They only need to attend one date-if students could send me an email and let me know what date they plan to attend we will be sure to have the necessary equipment available.   If one of these dates doesn't work, they should send me an email and we will set up an alternate time or audition method.   The audition will consist of a short prepared flag routine (0:30-1:30).  This can be taken from something they have performed in color guard in the fall.  The audition will also include a piece that will be taught and performed during the audition time.  Dress is something comfortable, and they should bring a flag if they have one.  If not, one will be provided for them.   If you have any questions, please contact me (pmiddleton@astate.edu).  I would encourage all of your interested students to audition-this is a fantastic opportunity to meet people and get involved on campus while participating in a great activity, and there are scholarship opportunities available!  I am attaching some information you can distribute to any interested students.   Hope you're enjoying a fantastic spring and looking forward to the end of the year!   Sincerely,   Dr. Polly K. Middleton Director of Athletic Bands, Arkansas State University 309-531-1125 (cell) pmiddleton@astate.edu

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April 10, 2017
The Arkansas Music Educator's Association
...is looking for presenters and performers for the 2017 Fall Conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas!  The conference will be on Friday, Nov 3rd and Saturday, Nov 4th at the Hot Springs Convention Center.  We would love to hear your ideas for presentation topics or if you would like to have an ensemble perform, we are now accepting applications for that, too.  The deadline for both is May 17th.  You can find the documents at arkmea.org (under the conference tab).  Please feel free to e-mail April Shelby (ashelby@sdale.org) if you have any questions.

2017 Arkansas Jazz Festival
Please make plans to attend the 2017 Arkansas Jazz Festival! There are many schools represented from all grade levels and good  food at both locations.  We are pleased to feature Mr. Scott Whitfield and UAM JAZZ I this year at both sites. Please print a flier for performance times. The event is free and open to the public!!!!! Thank you for supporting Jazz!   If you have questions please Call Clay Hooten 479-858-1768.   Clay Hooten ASBOA Jazz Chair ARJE- Festival Coordinator

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April 4, 2017
Claude Smith Retirement Reception
Claude Smith (ASBOA Honorary - Searcy) will be retiring at the end of this school year after 41 years in education - 28 years as a band director, and 13 years as an adminstrator.  You are all invited to a come-and-go reception in honor of his retirement on May 21, 2:00-4:00pm, at the Searcy High School band room (301 N. Ella St.).  If you have any questions, please email his daughter - Nicole Prater - nicole.prater@cabotschools.org.  We hope to see you there!
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Arkansas River Valley Day of Saxophones
Over 80 area saxophonist all got together to learn more and have fun playing music. The pictures are of our Mass Saxophone Ensembles. Special thank you to Ken Futterer, Jackie Lamar, Bent Bristow, Clay Hooten, and Adam Coats. for all your assistance with this event.
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February 23, 2017
The University of Arkansas Department of Music and the UARK NAfME Collegiate chapter is proud to announce that we will be hosting a Music Education Conference on Saturday, April 1 from 8AM – 4 PM. The conference includes presentations from UAMusic faculty, area music educators, and features special guest Alice Hammel.

The conference kicks off with a 2-hr. workshop with Alice Hammel on teaching music to students with special needs. We will then hold breakout sessions focusing on varying aspects of teaching music. The conference will conclude with a roundtable discussion on navigating the first year of teaching. Featured clinicians include Dr. Stephen Caldwell, Dr. Jeffrey Murdock, Dr. Ben Lorenzo, Kaci Berry, April Shelby, John Land, and Jesse Collett. I hope that you will consider joining the UA Music Education students for some or all of this conference. 

The conference is FREE and we will provide professional development hours for attending the day-long conference. Go to  https://goo.gl/forms/jOaSuZWrQsJ1hLUl2 to register.  High School teachers - I would also like to invite any of your students that may be considering a degree in Music Education. They can register for the event at the same link provided above. Again, The event is FREE for everyone. 

Attached is a tentative schedule of the conference.

Please feel free to email or call with any questions! I look forward to seeing everyone at our University of Arkansas Music Education Conference on April 1. All the best, Daniel Abrahams, Ph.D. University of Arkansas Assistant Professor of Music Education (479) 575-2559 Twitter: daniel_abrahams Skype: dabrahams https://you.uark.edu/abrahams/   Daniel Abrahams, Ph.D. University of Arkansas Assistant Professor of Music Education (479) 575-2559 Twitter: daniel_abrahams Skype: dabrahams https://you.uark.edu/abrahams/

February 8, 2017
AWBDA Scholarships
Dear Arkansas Band Director:  
The Arkansas Women Band Directors’ Association, in keeping with our goal of recognizing young people who are entering the field of instrumental music, annually presents several scholarships.  This year, we hope to continue offering the AWBDA scholarships in the amount of $400.00 each.  These scholarships are awarded to both male and female Arkansas high school seniors who are planning to major in instrumental music education in college this fall.  The winners will be selected by a panel of AWBDA members, with the most emphasis being placed on the applicant’s musical achievements, leadership in their school band, and written essay.   Work on the scholarships was initiated when the AWBDA membership was looking for worthwhile projects to bring positive recognition to instrumental music in our state.  When asking for donations each year, we find that the enthusiasm for this project is overwhelming.  Several music businesses and organizations always generously agree to sponsor scholarships.   I will have applications available at the registration table at All-State and it will also be posted on the ASBOA website. 

If you have more than one applicant, please feel free to make copies of the form, or additional copies may be obtained from:                                                  
Kelsey Bates                                                
8106 Dollarway Rd                                                
White Hall, AR 71602                                                
Email: batesk@whitehallsd.org  

Completed applications should be returned to the above address postmarked no later than April 1.  Please remind your applicants to include a copy of their high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from you along with the other required information.  In order for students to be eligible they must be planning to major in music education (not performance) this fall.  Also encourage your students to fill out this application neatly and completely.  The essay will receive much consideration.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I will be glad to help.   Thank you very much for helping us to provide this opportunity to your students!    

Kelsey Bates
AWBDA Scholarship Chairman
Band Director White Hall Middle School
Band/Choir room: (870)247-3068
Website: whitehallsd.org/webpages/kbates

APPLICATION

 January 27, 2017
Greetings from Henderson State University!

Our annual Elementary Music Workshop “Making Music through Singing, Saying, Dancing and Playing! With Mr. Paul Hallsted” will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 starting at 8:30 am (with registration beginning at 8 am).

 

Paul Hallsted, our guest clinician, teaches K-5 at Columbia Elementary School in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Paul has been a music educator for 30 years. During this time, he has had experience teaching all levels of students, which include pre-school elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. Paul was inducted into the New Mexico Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the New Mexico General Music Teacher of the Year Award in 1996. Paul is a member of the Rio Grande Early Music Consort where he plays recorder. He has served as president of the New Mexico Chapter of American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and as a Regional Representative for AOSA. In addition to being a faculty member for many Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses, Paul has presented numerous workshops at local, state, and national levels.

 

As in the past, this will be an active workshop, so please wear clothes in which you will be comfortable moving around. We will be using soprano recorders, hand drums, and barred Orff instruments. If you can bring any or all of these with you, it will help us make even more merry music!

 

Cost is $25 and six hours of Arkansas Department of Education professional development credit will be offered. The registration form is linked below. Please feel free to contact Dr. Amy Laursen at laursea@hsu.edu or at 870-230-5527 if you have any questions, comments or concerns. We look forward to having you on campus on February 3, 2017.

 REGISTRATION FORM

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Laursen

 

 Dr. Amy Laursen

Instructor of Horn

Music Department

Henderson State University

Box 7733 - Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001

(870) 230-5527 (office)

(307) 202-0361 (cell)

January 5, 2017
UAM Band Camp
Colleagues,  

Happy New Year! I hope all is going well for each of you. I have attached the application for the UAM Band Camps. Please notice a reduction in price from last year. It is our wish to provide students with a great week of music education and fun at an affordable price.   

The applications can also be found on the UAM website or at the following link:   http://uam-web2.uamont.edu/pdfs/music/uamband/UAMBandCampApplication.pdf    

As always, please don't hesitate to contact myself, or any of the faculty at UAM, if you ever need anything.

Warmest Regards,  
Justin Anders
Director of Marching Band Assistant Professor of Music University of Arkansas at Monticello
870-460-1860

January 2, 2017
Arkansas River Valley Day of Saxophones

For Saxophones of All Ages Bring Your Instruments - Everyone will play
January 31, 2017 – Arkansas Tech University

Pre-Register by sending the attached excel file to jeff.marlow@doverschools.net PDF parts for the Mass Saxophone Ensemble will be emailed to you as soon as I get your pre-registration.
Deadline for pre-registration is January 27th.
8:30 - 9:00 am Registration (Witherspoon Lobby)
9:00 – 9:50 am Recital - Area Junior, & Senior Saxophone Ensembles (Witherspoon Auditorium)
10:00 – 10:50 am Recital - College Saxophone Ensembles (Witherspoon Auditorium)
11:00 – 11:25 am Recital – The Arkansas Saxophone Quartet (Witherspoon Auditorium)
     Andy Wen – Soprano – UALR                          Caroline Taylor – Alto – OBU
     Brent Bristow – Tenor – ASU Beebe               Jackie Lamar – Baritone - UCA
11:30 – 11:50 am Mass Saxophone Ensemble – Director, Jackie Lamar- UCA (Witherspoon Aud.)         (All Participants, directors too)
1:30 – 3:00 pm Master Classes for all ages – Directors feel free to join in the class of your choice
     Beginners – TBA - Witherspoon Room 300
     Junior –Ken Futterer - Witherspoon Room 111
     Senior– Jackie Lamar - Witherspoon Band Room
3:30 pm Mock Tryouts for All State Qualifiers (Witherspoon Room 111)
Saxophone Trade Booths and repair station (Witherspoon Lobby & Auditorium)

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December 6,
HSU Concert
On Wednesday, December 7, the Henderson State University Showband of Arkansas will present a unique indoor concert experience featuring tunes from our 2016 halftime productions, popular stand tunes, and traditional favorites. The performance will take place in Arkansas Hall Auditorium on the HSU campus. Admission is free, and the concert can also be viewed via live webcast at http://ustre.am/2zr8<http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fustre.am%2F2zr8&h=1AQE8eQIE&enc=AZMLGC6rFgSJ5BoFe09b8yrhnlFdfMRjTSU8PXxwLmmn_XzM-9X8nqm6SPwYvGrIfmM&s=1>.
We hope you can join us for this fun night of music!
--
Steven M. Knight, D.M.A.
Director of Bands | Assistant Professor of Music Henderson State University
1100 Henderson Street, Box 7623
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
Office: 870-230-5054
www.hsu.edu/band<http://www.hsu.edu/band>
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2017 Arkansas Clarinet Day
THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS- Department of Music is honored to host the “2017 Arkansas Clarinet Day” on Monday, January 30th, 2017. All events will be held at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center. Participation and attendance is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. Advance registration is requested of all participants. The event includes lecture, recitals and clarinet master classes for all levels by guest clarinetist and clarinet professors from UA, UA-Ft. Smith, Arkansas Tech Univ., and Univ. of Central Arkansas. The morning masterclasses are designed specifically for young clarinetists which will focus on fundamentals and all-state audition materials.
This year guest artists are Andrew Simon (Principal Clarinetist of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra) and two internationally-known woodwind technicians, Mr. Wolfgang Lohff and Brigit Pfeiffer of The Lohff & Pfeiffer Co. (Denmark) A large selection of Buffet Crampon customized clarinets will be available for participants to play test. In addition to the clarinet display, Lohff and Pfeiffer Co. is also offering free on-site minor adjustments on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information about the event please go to:
https://communitymusicschool.uark.edu/instrumental-programs/woodwind-programs/clarinet-day-2016 

Bankie Holley Memorial Scholarship
It's that time of year!  Yes, it's time for college students (getting ready to intern) to apply for the Bankie Holley Memorial Scholarship.  I have emailed the information to the college directors, but if you know of someone who is eligible, please let them know about this.  Each year, the recipient receives $1000 to help with expenses during their internship.  The application can be found here.
Also, if you would like to make a donation to the fund, please let me know.
Thanks,
Susan Ford
susan.ford@cps.k12.ar.us

December 1,
The 2nd Annual RIVER VALLEY TUBACHRISTMAS...

will be held on Saturday, December 10, at 11:30AM.  The performance will be held at the Riverfront Pavilion located at 100 North B Street in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite lawn chair and come enjoy fantastic Christmas music in an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere with a special visit by Santa Claus and complimentary Hot Cocoa and Christmas Cookies served!
Registration for performers will begin at 8:30AM and rehearsal will begin at 9AM.  Music will be provided for performers and will also be available for purchase.  All tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium players are invited to participate in the event – regardless of age or skill level!  Performers are encouraged to decorate their instruments for Christmas!  All performers will receive a special TUBACHRISTMAS button commemorating the event!

TUBACHRISTMAS is a concert of well-known and loved Christmas music performed by Tuba and Euphonium players.  
TUBACHRISTMAS concerts are held in cities worldwide and celebrate those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium; though some participants bring rarer members of the family such as the helicon, ophicleide, serpent and double bell euphonium!

This year’s event will feature special guests from Washington, D.C., who will headline and perform with our local TUBACHRISTMAS concert!  Our guests are members from The President’s Own United States Marine Band and Pershing’s Own United States Army Band!

See Flyer and Press Release. For more information, please contact Erick Wiggins at 479-926-4794 or feel free to visit our webpage at: facebook.com/RiverValleyTubaChristmas

November 30,
Trombone for Sale
I have a Conn 88H trombone made in Elkhart in 1969.  The horn and case are in excellent condition.
I'm putting it up for sale for $1500 or best offer.  Please feel free to email
dcfletch@aristotle.net with any questions.
Thanks,
David Fletcher 

November 18,
UAM Jazz Band One with Scott Whitfield
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November 16,
The University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band "After Thanksgiving" Concert and Bear Marching Band's 12th Band Extravaganza!
On the Tuesday evening following the Thanksgiving holidays - November 29th - the UCA Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform a joint concert at 7:30pm in Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
The theme of the concert is "Twists and Turns," due to sudden rhythmic changes, abrupt mixed-meter turns, break-neck tempos, and twisting woodwind and brass parts.  The Symphonic Band begins the evening with Rimksy-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles,” followed by “An Original Suite,” by Gordon Jacob.  The band continues with “Under the Double Eagle,” by J.F.Wagner, and ends the first half of the concert with “Ride,” by Samuel Hazo.
The Wind Ensemble opens the second half of the concert with "Occident and Orient Grand March" by Camille Saint-Saens.  Stephen Flores, graduate euphonium soloist and a Wind Ensemble Student Spotlight Concerto Winner, is featured on "Harlequin," by Philip Sparke. "'Profanation
?' from the Jeremiah Symphony," by Leonard Bernstein, will be conducted by Nathan Rakow, graduate conductor. If you don’t know “Profanation,” it keeps everyone, especially performers, constantly off-balance with abrupt and frequent mixed-meter changes and cross-rhythms as only Bernstein can create. The evening ends with "Overture in Five Flat," by Julie Giroux. Composed for former conductor of the Air Force Band, Lowell Graham, and his love for speed, Giroux simply indicates the tempo as "mm=you have five minutes."  We’ll encourage the audience to take out their cell phones and time the wind ensemble.  Hopefully, we'll finish in under five minutes with no casualties.

The Band Extravaganza will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on Thursday, December 1, .
The two-hour performance will begin at 7:30pm and will feature the UCA Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and the Bear Marching Band.
  Although the event is free, it is also a fundraiser for the UCA band program.  A $10 donation at the door is appreciated.
The UCA Wind Ensemble, conducted by Director of Bands Dr. Ricky Brooks, will start the evening with two musical selections, the first being the delightful “Occident and Orient Grand March,” by Camille Saint-Saens. The wind ensemble ends with “Overture in Five Flat,” a purely fun composition by Julie Giroux for performers and audience.
  UCA’s top jazz band, under the direction of Larry Jones, assistant professor of music, will continue with several jazz selections to give the audience a chance to hear music they wouldn’t typically hear at a football game.  The Bear Marching Band, drumline, colorguard, and feature twirlers, under the direction of Associate Director of Bands, Mr. Brantley Douglas, will be the highlight of the Extravaganza! featuring music from the halftime shows and traditional UCA favorites and school songs. 

“You’ve seen the BMB on the field and in the stands at football games, Brooks said.
  “Now you get to experience the BMB up close and unplugged.”
The Extravaganza! is held in conjunction with the UCA Honors Wind Ensemble Clinic for high school students.
  The Honors Wind Ensemble consists of 51 of Arkansas’ top band students, representing 18 high schools from across the state. The students will be on campus for the clinic December 1 & 2.
For further information about the Extravaganza!, contact Brooks at (501) 450-5764, rickyb@uca.edu, or Douglas at (501) 450-5022, bdouglas@uca.edu. See the event flyer here.

November 15,
Arkansas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert
Hello all!  
The second Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert of the season is this Sunday 11/20 at 2:30 in Witherspoon Auditorium.   We hope you can join us for the program entitled “Inspired by the Orchestra”.   Music includes Greg Bimm’s incredible transcription of the Barber masterwork, “Medea’s Dance of Vengeance” and Paul Lavender's setting of the Ravel orchestration of “Pictures at an Exhibition”.   Rounding out the program is Brian Balmages’ saxophone concerto “Apollo” featuring senior music education major Patrice Brown.  

We hope to see you Sunday, 11/20 at 2:30.  Flyer is attached.   All the best!  Dan

November 14,
A-State Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds Concert
Colleagues,
As you look toward the Thanksgiving Holiday, we hope that you will be able to join us for the A-State Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds Concert this coming Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall.
The Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. Sarah Labovitz, associate director of bands, will perform a mixture of works from the wind band repertoire. These include “Salute to the Sultan” by Karl King, “Color” by Bob Margolis, “Chorale and Alleluia” by Howard Hanson, and “To the Rubicon” by George Sweet.
The Wind Ensemble will begin with Arkansas native composer Steven Bryant’s work, “Ecstatic Fanfare,” conducted by graduate conductor, Jessica Burmingham. The four-movement masterwork, “Piece of Mind” by Dana Wilson will be next, followed by John Mackey’s “Unquiet Spirits” conducted by graduate conductor Matthew Simpson. As I am a pretty big fan of Star Trek, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the classic sci-fi franchise. So, we will conclude our concert with a piece inspired by Star Trek called “Vulcan,” composed by Michael Daugherty.
Complementary tickets for this concert are available to all music educators and their students simply by contacting Sarah or I and we will make the arrangements. Thanks and best wishes!

Sincerely,
Tim
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dr. Timothy Oliver
Director of Bands
Coordinator of Wind and Percussion Studies
Professor of Music
Arkansas State University
(870)-972-3811
toliver@astate.edu


The University of Arkansas at Monticello Jazz Band I:
will be presenting concerts at the following schools the week of November 14th and invites you to attend any that fit your schedule:
     Wednesday:  10:00 a.m. at Maumelle H.S.
     Thursday:        8:00 a.m. at Springdale
                              12:05 and 1:00 Dardanelle
     Friday:          9:30 a.m. Bee Branch
                            1:00 p.m. Little Rock Central

There will also be a concert in the UAM Fine Arts Center on Monday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.   Everybody is welcome and there is no admission charge

The 2nd Annual RIVER VALLEY TUBACHRISTMAS...
will be held on Saturday, December 10, at 11:30AM.  The performance will be held at the Riverfront Pavilion located at 100 North B Street in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite lawn chair and come enjoy fantastic Christmas music in an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere with a special visit by Santa Claus and complimentary Hot Cocoa and Christmas Cookies served!
Registration for performers will begin at 8:30AM and rehearsal will begin at 9AM.  Music will be provided for performers and will also be available for purchase.  All tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium players are invited to participate in the event – regardless of age or skill level!  Performers are encouraged to decorate their instruments for Christmas!  All performers will receive a special TUBACHRISTMAS button commemorating the event!

TUBACHRISTMAS is a concert of well-known and loved Christmas music performed by Tuba and Euphonium players.  
TUBACHRISTMAS concerts are held in cities worldwide and celebrate those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium; though some participants bring rarer members of the family such as the helicon, ophicleide, serpent and double bell euphonium!

This year’s event will feature special guests from Washington, D.C., who will headline and perform with our local TUBACHRISTMAS concert!  Our guests are members from The President’s Own United States Marine Band and Pershing’s Own United States Army Band!

See Flyer and Press Release. For more information, please contact Erick Wiggins at 479-926-4794 or feel free to visit our webpage at: facebook.com/RiverValleyTubaChristmas

November 7,
UAFS Flute Day
Hello Band Directors!  Marching season is passing quickly, which can only mean one thing... It's time to start getting serious about All-Region prep! Join us for the second annual UAFS Flute Day at the Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown on Saturday, November 12th.  The event begins at 9:00 and ends with a 5:00 concert.
This year's event includes:
-All Region masterclasses for both junior and senior high players
-Mass flute choir for all participants
-introduction to extended techniques
-bass and alto flute opportunties
-free pizza lunch for all participants

Performances throughout the day by:
Ginny Hudson of UAFS 
Jennifer Amox of Henderson State University
UAFS Flute Choir 

This free (FREE!!) event is open to flute players of all levels. There will be something for everyone! Pre-registration is available at http://bit.ly/2dEiBAd. Registration the day of the event is from 8:30-9:00 in the lobby of the Blue Lion. For further information, feel free to email me (Ginny Hudson) at ginny.hudson@uafs.edu or call or text me at (479)857-0180.  

Ginny Hudson Instructor of Music,
Flute University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
479-788-7536
ginny.hudson@uafs.edu

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October 24,
"Merry Christmas Polka" needed
I am searching for a score to a piece that is permanently out of print entitled Merry Christmas Polka by Andrew Balent.  If anyone has this piece and would not mind lending it, please email:  richard.ward@westsideeagles.org.  Thank you in advance!     Ricky Ward

October 13,
"Wedding March" needed
Hey everyone,
My HS band has been asked to play at a wedding in November (yes, a wedding, GASP!) and I am in need of an easy to medium arrangement of the "Wedding March".  The ones I have found are way too expensive and a little difficult.  If you have one or know of someone who has this, please email me or send it to me at the address below.  I would be greatly appreciative. 
Thanks,
Dave Yarbrough, Director of Bands
Des Arc Schools
600 Main Street,
Des Arc, AR  72040
yarbroughd@desarcschools.org

October 11,
Homecoming Parade for Miss America
MISS AMERICA HOMECOMING PARADE FEATURING SAVVY SHEILDS, MISS AMERICA 2017   THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 5 P.M., LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS   We hope that you will join us in honoring Arkansas' own Miss America, Savvy Shields by participating in the Miss America Homecoming Parade. The entry fee for all groups, excluding bands, is $50 per group.   Please give a detailed description of your entry with cell phone numbers and email addresses. The deadline for entry is Thursday, October 13, 5:00 p.m.   The staging area and parade route are as follows: Staging will occur in the West parking lot of the Clinton Presidential Center. From the staging area the parade will proceed North on Dean Kumpuris St turning West (left) onto President Clinton Ave/E Markham St. The parade will continue on President Clinton Ave/E Markham St for approximately seven blocks turning North (right) onto N Rock S continuing onto Ottenheimer Plaza and ending at the First Security Amphitheatre.   For more information, email, Kelly Bales, Kelly@wheelerprint.com .    
Cover letter and Entry Form

October 6,
HSU Wind Ensemble Concert
Greetings from Arkadelphia! I sincerely hope that everyone’s year is off to a fantastic start. On Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Henderson State University Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the year. The performance will take place in Arkansas Hall Auditorium on the HSU campus. Admission is free, and the concert can also be viewed via live webcast at http://ustre.am/2zr8.
Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, the Symphony No. 6 for Band by Vincent Persichetti remains a staple of the wind band repertoire. We hope you can join us in person or on the web as the HSU Wind Ensemble performs this classic along with works by John Philip Sousa, Frank Ticheli, and Arkansas native Steven Bryant.
Best,
Steve

The Henderson State University Wind Ensemble Dr. Steven M. Knight, conductor Dr. Shaun R. Popp, guest conductor Thursday, October 13, , 7:30 p.m.
Arkansas Hall Auditorium

PROGRAM
In This Broad Earth (2015) Steven Bryant (b. 1972)

Rest (2010) Frank Ticheli (b. 1958)
Dr. Shaun R. Popp, guest conductor

Symphony No. 6 for Band (1956) Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987)
            I. Adagio; Allegro
            II. Adagio sostenuto
            III. Allegretto
            IV. Vivace

The Free Lance (1906) John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
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Steven M. Knight, D.M.A.
Director of Bands | Assistant Professor of Music Henderson State University
1100 Henderson Street, Box 7623
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
Office: 870-230-5054
www.hsu.edu/band<http://www.hsu.edu/band>
knights@hsu.edu<mailto:knights@hsu.edu>

10 Disc Duplicator a For Sale
$400 Microboards Qd 1:10 Pro 16 PRM.  Text Chandler Mann for pix and details @ 870-350-1370

Thanks,
Donesa Mann
donesamann@gmail.com
Eureka Springs Elementary Music

October 4,
The University of Arkansas will host the annual Double Reed Rally on October 29.  This is a fun and educational day for double reed players in grades 7-12.  Students will work with Dr. Delaplain, Dr. Uribe, and the UA oboe and bassoon majors on basic skills, reed-making, all-region music, and will play in a double reed choir!  
Students can register here:
https://communitymusicschool.uark.edu/instrumental-programs/woodwind-programs/double-reed-rally-2/

Theresa Delaplain

Instructor of Oboe, University of Arkansas
201 Music Building 479-575-6385
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Principal Oboist, Fort Smith Symphony
Principal Oboist, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Principal Oboist, Arkansas Philharmonic

Colleagues,
Arkansas State University will be hosting the first A-State Reading Band and Revitalization Retreat on Saturday, November 19, from 12:30pm to 5:00pm at the Fowler Center.  Join us on the A-State campus for this opportunity to  play your instrument, earn some professional development, and socialize in the process.  Throughout the afternoon we will alternate between a reading band and panel discussions on how to fix common woodwind, brass, and percussion problems. We will cover a wide variety of music and instrumental issues.  There will be something for both junior high and high school educators!

Schedule
12:30 Check in at the Fowler Center
1:00 New Music Reading Session
1:45 Woodwind Trouble Shooting Panel
2:15 Forgotten Gems Reading Session
3:00 Brass Trouble Shooting Panel
3:30 Break
3:45 Percussion Trouble Shooting Panel
4:15 Favorites Reading Session
5:00 Scheduled Activities End, Join Us for a Group Dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings

Cost
The Reading Band and Revitalization Retreat is FREE!!!
Dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings following the scheduled activities will be the responsibility of each director.

How to Register
Click the link below and fill out the survey to register for the event. Please register no later than Saturday, November 5.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VMM87LL

Instruments
We will assume that everyone will be providing their own instrument.  If you would like to participate but do not have an instrument to play, please email me at slabovitz@astate.edu<mailto:slabovitz@astate.edu> and we will try to make the necessary accommodations.

If you don’t want to play, but would still like to participate, you are more than welcome to come as an observer.  Please fill out the registration link above.

Thank you so much everyone!  Please feel free to email me at slabovitz@astate.edu<mailto:slabovitz@astate.edu> if you have any questions
Hope to see you at the first A-State Reading Band and Revitalization Retreat!

Sarah Labovitz, D.M.A.
Associate Director of Bands
Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education Arkansas State University slabovitz@astate.edu<mailto:slabovitz@astate.edu>
870.972.2799

September 29,
Dear Colleagues,
We hope that you and your students will join us for the Arkansas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s first concert of the /2017 academic year.  The performance will feature guest composer Dr. Paul Dooley from the University of Michigan and his thrilling new piece Mavericks, Mrs. Kristin Smith of the Arkansas Symphony in David Maslanka’s haunting cello concerto Remember Me, and the epic tale of Homer’s Odyssey depicted by composer John Mackey in his extravagant Wine-Dark Sea, Symphony for Band.
We are thrilled to perform in the beautiful Russellville Center for the Arts, and believe that this program will be engaging to your students!
As always, Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble concerts are free of charge.
Please see the attached flyer.  We are grateful if you will post them in your rehearsal facilities, and if you would encourage your students to attend!
Yours truly,

Dan
Dr. Daniel A. Belongia, Director of Bands, Arkansas Tech University

September 26,
Young Directors Marching information and Clinic
On Saturday, October 8th, Saied Music Company is sponsoring a marching band clinic and information session for first and second year teachers, as well as junior and senior music majors in college. The clinic will be held at “the Showcase of Bands” marching contest in Little Rock at War Memorial Stadium in the press box. In order to attend this free session, you must send an email with your name and phone number to: pat.bowles@saiedmusic.com by September 30th. WE CANNOT ACCEPT ENTRIES AFTER THIS DEADLINE! If you register, you can give your name to the elevator operator to be allowed entrance to the press box for the event. Your only expense is the parking fee for stadium parking. All refreshments and clinic fees will be provided free of charge.
We hope you will be able to attend this event and we look forward to seeing you there.
Pat Bowles
Saied Music Company
North Little Rock.
501-758-0200

September 21,
Championship at the Rock
We are proud to announce that the 6th Annual Championship at the Rock Invitational Marching Festival will be taking place at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 29th.  The contest is open to all bands that are interested in expert critique and the opportunity to perform in the Central Arkansas Area.  The first 40 bands that apply will be accepted.

The contest will be held at beautiful War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.  With the great central Arkansas area, fantastic warm-up facilities, The War Memorial venue and that famous AT&T Artificial turf field, you will want to be a part of this exciting event.


Of course, concessions and souvenirs will be available for purchase.  Bands will perform in 4-10 band groups with prelim performance positions determined by
postmark.  This will be a prelims and finals competitions with adjudicators from all over the country giving you great feedback and critique to provide you plenty of information to help improve your groups

Digital recordings from each judge will be processed and ready for you soon after your performance for you to have the opportunity to prepare for future performances including the FINALS if chosen to come back.  Your scores will be ranked and you will receive a recap sheet from the prelims and finals scoring.

The 10 top bands will be invited back for a FINALS performance where we will be awarding the GRAND CHAMPION for the Marching Championship at the Rock!  See attached guidelines for selection for finals bands.

I have attached the application and general information about the contest.

The deadline for application is Friday, September 30.
If you have any other questions, you can contact, Robert Hesse at (870)  464-7333 or hesse@arkansas.net

Don't miss out on this opportunity to compete with and experience some of the best marching bands in the South!!!  Plus, this would be a GREAT opportunity to perform at the site of the this year’s  State Marching Contest for Class AAAA & AAAAA!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Robert Hesse
Director, Championship at The Rock

West Memphis Marching Classic
We would love for your band to register to attend the West Memphis Marching Classic on Oct. 8, .   We have a small contest with a lot of trophies and opportunities for success!  Please look at the brochure and see the bands who attended last year.
You can register through the google link.   
https://goo.gl/forms/E9jIz2D842x3GIwH2
Or you can submit using the information below:

West Memphis Marching Classic - Hamilton Schultz Field Oct. 8th, (Register below)
Make checks payable to West Memphis Band Boosters.
Mail your $200.00 entry fee to:
     Cathy Williams, Director
     West Memphis HS Band
     501 West Broadway
     West Memphis, AR 72301
Registration is due by Tuesday, Sept. 27, .
* Required
Our Number of Winds: *
   Your answer
Please indicate the class you intend to enter. You may enter a larger class if you wish to do so.
   We will enter Class: *
     Class D 0-30 Winds
     Class C 31-45 Winds
     Class B 46-75 Winds
     Class A 76 Winds and Up
School Information
   Name of School: *
     Your answer
   Official Name of Band: *
     Your answer
School Mailing Address
Please indicate City and State: *
     Your answer
School Telephone Number:
(***)-***-**** *
     Your answer
Director/Staff Information:
List all directors and/or staff you would like listed.
   Director(s): *
     Your answer
   List any additional staff members:
     Your answer
   Director phone number: *
     Your answer
   Director email address: *
     Your answer
Performance Information:
   Field Commanders/Drum Majors Names: *
     Your answer
   Program Selections: *
     Your answer
   Soloists Names:
     Your answer
   Please indicate the auxiliary units that perform with your group:
     Flags
     Rifles
     Majorettes
     Other:
     [          ]
Vehicles:
Please be specific with how many busses and other equipment vehicles you will be bringing.
   Number of busses or vehicles you will bring: *
     Your answer

September 20,
Sax for Sale
I am wanting to sell my Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone. My parents purchased it for me in 1974 new. I played it until the Fall of 1980 during my first year in the Razorback Marching Band. It has not been played since 1980. I had a music store in Bentonville look up the serial number and he said it was made in 1973.  It has the original lacquer finish. It needs new pads, springs, and a cork on the neck piece, basically an over haul. I would like to sell it for $4,500. If interested, please contact Dayna Mohr at dlmohr61@gmail.com or 870-588-1066.         Pictures: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 Flute Recital and Masterclass
Nicole Esposito will be giving a Masterclass and Recital at Henderson State University on Sunday, October 9th. The Recital will be at 3pm followed by the Masterclass at 5pm. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more and to RSVP please see this flyer.

UCA Low Brass Workshop
Hello!  The University of Central Arkansas Trombone and Tuba/Euphonium Studios of Professor Justin Cook and Dr. Gail Robertson invite you to the Third Annual Low Brass Workshop on November 18 and 19, !  
This year's guest artists are:
     Dr. Bradley Palmer, (trombone) from Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music 
     Dr. Neal Corwell (euphonium) United States Army Band "Pershing's Own."
     T. O. Sterrett (composer, music director, pianist) from New York City

Join us 
on Friday night, November 18, for the Opening Concert featuring UCA faculty and students in addition to the guest artists!!!

The ALL DAY Workshop is on Saturday, November 19th and will feature our guest artists and the UCA Bearbones and Natural Slides Trombone Choirs and UCA Tuba-Euphonium Krewe. 
The day will feature recitals, masterclasses, the Arkansas Select High School Trombone Choir and the Arkansas Select High School Tuba/Euphonium Choir. This year will also feature a round table discussion with the guest artists designed for band directors and public school brass teaching.
If you have high school students interested in either of the ensembles they can e-mail J Cook at jcook@uca.edu or Gail Robertson at grobertson@uca.edu. Information regarding these two ensembles will be emailed out shortly.  

September 19,
Elkins HS Invitational Marching Contest
All bands attending the 18th annual Elkins HS Invitational Marching contest need to register, or at least make contact with Chris Fuller (Elkins Director) by Monday, Oct 3 in order to be included in the contest.
To learn more, here are the contest letter, contest rules, and entry form.

Thank you, Chris Fuller

cfuller@elkinsdistrict.org 

September 14,
NWA Invitational
The NW Arkansas Invitational is Oct. 22nd and will be held at the beautiful new Panther Stadium in Siloam Springs, AR. The start time (TBA) will be in the early afternoon to accommodate for the ACT.  Please use the link below to register your band, or you can use this form if you wish.    Entry deadline is Oct. 7.  We look forward to a wonderful day of great performances!!! 

NWAI Online Registration
NWAI THE  MEAL  DEAL

J. Daniel Hodge
Director of Bands and Fine Arts Coordinator, Siloam Springs School District
700 N. Progress Ave
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479)524-5134 ext. 501652
www.siloamspringsband.com

September 8,
SPANISH BRASS TO BE IN RESIDENCE SEPT. 20-22
By Amanda Nettles
CONWAY — The quintet Spanish Brass will visit the University of Central Arkansas as artists in residence Sept. 20-22.
  The residency will include two concerts: a free public performance Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall; and an educational program for schools at Conway High School’s James H. Clark Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m.  Based in Valencia, the group is an international touring sensation. In 1996, Spanish Brass won first prize in the Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world.   Other activities during the residency will include masterclasses for music students, brass instrument lessons, a clinic on Music Entrepreneurship and a roundtable discussion for Spanish-language students. A Spanish Culture Fair, highlighting the different regions of Spain and staffed by UCA Spanish-language students, will be held in the lobby of Reynolds Performance Hall prior to the Sept. 20 concert starting at 6:30 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public. For more information about Spanish Brass, visit www.spanishbrass.com.  The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music and Writing. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.

Brent A Shires, DMA  |  Associate Professor of Horn, University of Central Arkansas
     Studio Phone:  501.450.5768
     Cell Phone: 501.472.3350
     email: bshires@uca.edu
     web: http://www.uca.eduhttp://www.arkansashorn.org
Hornist  |  Pinnacle Brass, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Conway Symphony Orchestra, Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Horn Instructor  |  Hendrix College, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Dixie Band Camp

 

September 2,
UAM/KKY Marching Invitation
...will be held on October 11th. The entry fee is $250.00. Please contact Justin Anders (anders@uamont.edu) with any questions. The entry form can be found here:   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHmURSm9LCCWHymsf9XV9RkRUQXckjzdwNJCh6YIjRBiA2-A/viewform?c=0&w=1

August 31,
UCA High School Honors Wind Ensemble Clinic
Friends,
  You are invited to nominate your best band students to the University of Central Arkansas Honors Wind Ensemble Clinic, which will be held Thursday & Friday, December 1 & 2, , at Reynolds Performance Hall and Brewer Hegemen Conference Center, UCA Campus.  Dr. Paul Popiel, Director of Bands at the University of Kansas, will be the clinician and conductor of the honors ensemble.  The clinic is approved by the Arkansas Activities Association.
  Selection to the clinic and part assignments are determined through a weighted point system from student placement in the all-state and all-region bands, participation in solo and ensemble, and director recommendation.
  The two-day clinic will challenge your students’ musical independence, and expand their performance experience in an advanced wind ensemble environment (one or two on a part, 52 musicians total).  The clinic is similar to the all-state/all-region clinic format, and will include rehearsals and a final concert, plus scheduled master classes and sectional rehearsals with the UCA instrumental faculty.  Music will be mailed to the participating students prior to the clinic. 
  Applications are available at www.ucabands.com, or by contacting Dr. Ricky Brooks, rickyb@uca.edu, 501-450-5764.  Applications are due October 21, .

Ricky Brooks
Director of Bands
University of Central Arkansas

Caddo Hills High School
Our little rural school looking to purchase a used set of timpani drums in good condition.  Depending on the price as too how many drums we can afford.  Looking for 23", 26", 29", 32".  If you have any of these drums available and are in good condition, please email Cilla Green at  cgreen@caddohills.org
 

Central AR Bands Showcase
Dear Colleague,
  We would like to extend an invitation to your marching band to perform at our 2nd Annual Central AR Middle and Junior High School Band Showdown and our High School Battle of the Bands Showdown at historic Little Rock Central High School. This event is sanctioned by AAA. The Showdown will take place on Saturday, October 8th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. These will be non-competitive, exhibition performances featuring marching groups from throughout the Mid-South. Your group may also visit our Historic Site Museum located across the street from our campus. There are also great group and individual photo opportunities in front of our school! There is no entry fee, but general admission for non-performers will be $10. We will also have a hospitality room for directors and staff.
  The event will conclude with a performance by the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff’s very own Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South under the direction of John Graham. Attached you will find a registration form, High School rules, Middle School Rules and an invitation letter. You may also register online by clicking the following link - http://tinyurl.com/lrchbattleofthebands  
 
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing your group!
Sincerely,
Brice Evans
Director of Bands, Little Rock Central HS
1500 S. Park
Little Rock, AR 72202
(501)447-1478 (office)
(501)447-1401 (fax)
brice.evans@lrsd.org

SAU Saxophone Workshop
Dear Directors,
  Southern Arkansas University will be hosting a saxophone workshop for your students on Saturday, November 12th.  This FREE workshop will be designed to assist your students with preparing for all-region auditions.  It is also designed to introduce your students to the fundamentals of concert saxophone performance.  Although the weekend is geared toward the saxophone, we will have flute sessions available as well.  This will be an all-day event (10AM-5PM) followed by an evening concert featuring the Verismo Trio from the University of Wyoming at 7:30pm.  However, (in hopes of fitting with your schedule) the most essential student activities will take place from 1pm to 5pm.
  Please put us on your calendar for November 12th and send any questions or concerns to andyapeeks@gmail.com, or call/text 870-214-1933.
  Please complete the preregistration form online (it just takes a few seconds): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdA__q8t88DNB0YDsznUetTJDpAMZEYKmT483JLhQoDWHiGEw/viewform?c=0&w=1 
This will allow me to plan for meals, concert seating, etc…
Thanks for your time!
Andy

Andy A. Peeks
Instructor of Saxophone and Flute
Director of SAU Jazz Studies
Southern Arkansas University

PS - Rather have us come to you?  We can do that.  Just do the survey above and write what you need in the comments sections and I will contact you to get something setup
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Lake Hamilton Power Band Classic
  Lake Hamilton will be hosting the 6th  Annual Power Band Classic on Saturday, October 15.  The contest will feature a prelims and finals format. The PBC is about excellence and opportunity. Participation offers students a positive performance environment alongside their peers. We provide an outstanding venue, quality evaluation and opportunities to observe other bands, all in a positive atmosphere. For the band director, the PBC is an opportunity to demonstrate excellence, to receive invaluable input and feedback and to evaluate the achievement of your students and the progress of your program in a positive environment.

Link to Contest Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/oan3BQNh9OW3q7Bf2

For more information just contact Jarrett Tedder at 501-760-6513 or jarrett.tedder@lhwolves.net
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Jarrett Tedder
Assistant Band Director/Percussion Director
Lake Hamilton High School 

August 25,
ASU Band Day
Colleagues,  
The Arkansas State University Bands in conjunction with the Arkansas State Athletic Department will be holding their Band Day on Saturday, September 24.  We invite you and your band to join us for the A-State football game on September 24 when the Red Wolves play UCA and a mass band half-time performance!   Kick-off for the game will take place at 6:00 pm.  We will have a mass band rehearsal at 2:00 pm in the beautiful Centennial Bank Stadium, and a discounted lunch will be available for purchase.  Bands will watch the game from the stands, participate in our band performance during half-time, and then re-enter the stands to watch the conclusion of the game.   There is no cost for your band to take part in A-State Band Day!  Lunch is available for purchase at a discounted rate.  If you register to participate, your band will receive free tickets to the game, the chance to play in a NCAA Division I football half-time performance, and a free A-State Bands drawstring bag!  Our Athletic Department will also give your students’ families the opportunity to purchase tickets to the event at a discounted price.   To register for this event please fill out the attached registration form and email it to Polly Middleton at pmiddleton@astate.edu.  Once you have registered, you will receive specific information regarding the schedule and additional ticket purchase.  We will send each band the repertoire for the Band Day which includes All of the Lights (arr. Ayatey Shabazz), Best Song Ever (arr. Doug Adams), and the A-State Fight Song.  Deadline to register will be Monday, September 12,   Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  I hope to see you on September 24, for the A-State Band Day!  

Sincerely,      

Dr. Sarah Labovitz Associate Director of Bands / Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education, Arkansas State University      
Dr. Polly Middleton Director of Athletic Bands, Arkansas State University      
Dr. Timothy Oliver Director of Bands / Coordinator of Wind and Percussion Studies, Arkansas State University

August 24,
West Memphis Marching Classic
Welcome back to school for .  We would love to invite you to attend the West Memphis Marching Classic on Oct. 8, .   We have a small contest with a lot of trophies and opportunities for success!  Please look at the brochure and see the bands who attended last year.    

You can register through the google link.   https://goo.gl/forms/E9jIz2D842x3GIwH2

August 18,
3rd Annual Legend Marching Championship
Directors,        
Your band is invited to the 3rd annual Legend Marching Championship, hosted by the Legend of Jessieville and the Jessieville Band Program. This marching championship prides itself in having fair and honest judging for small marching ensembles. The Legend Marching Championship classifies bands based on the wind size, and many caption awards along with overall awards; including Grand Champion, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Outstanding Visual Performance, Outstanding Musical Performance, Outstanding General Effect, and an overall ranking for each band and caption.   

Classification sizes:
A- up to 29
AA- 30-49
AAA-50-80      
Wind size limit- 80 Winds.   

The Legend Marching Championship will have a limit of 20 bands.  

Attached is the entry form.   

Thank you for considering the Legend Marching Championship.   

Nicholas A. Shurtleff 
501.912.3204 
Director of Bands 
Jessieville School District 
7900 Arkansas 7   
Jessieville, AR 71949

3rd Annual Pea Ridge Marching Classic
You are invited to participate in the 3rd annual Pea Ridge Marching Classic!  Your students will be able to utilize our new facilities including an indoor field for warm-up and perform in our artificial turf stadium.  This will be a great chance to get comments and feedback early in the marching season.  
Excellent judging panel · 3 judges in press box, 2 judges on field  
Ratings and rankings · Class determined by size: 1-30 – A; 31-55 – B; 56-70 – C; 71 Plus – D (you may participate in a higher class size if you choose to) ·        
Trophy awards for best music, marching technique, GE, drum line, soloist, drum major and color guard in each class; and overall of each category ·        
Crowning of a grand champion ·        
You may choose to participate in rankings and ratings or comments only.  ·        
$175 Entry Fee  
Full concession stand will available, run by our band booster organization. ·        
Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, nachos, candy, soda pop, etc.  

For more information, please contact...
Kevin Hume – khume@prs.k12.ar.us; 479-459-7744  
Matt McCool – mmccool@prs.k12.ar.us; 479-899-8777

CONTEST FLYER
CONTEST APPLICATION
STADIUM PICTURE 1
STADIUM PICTURE 2
STADIUM PICTURE 3

August 11,
For Sale: Yamaha Clarinet and case (6 Vandoren reeds included).  The corks were replaced and it had annual maintenance performed on it. We would like to sell it for $300 if possible. We are located in Little Rock.
You may contact Julie McCallister if interested; Phone: 501.975.8100, Email: jmccallister@ecci.com
Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3

Instruments for sale:
Yamaha Beginner Trombone- $450
Yamaha Beginner Trumpet- $400
Both in good condition. Contact Matthew Farr at 501-350-0117. Located in Little Rock and will meet those interested in purchase.

July 8,
The ABA Featured Performance will be by the Dallas Winds. Their program is entitled "The Music of John Williams", and they will perform on Friday, July 29 at 8:00 PM at ArcBest Performing Arts Center in Fort Smith, AR. You can see a flyer here. Hope to see you there!

June 21,
Horn for Sale

I have a Blessing M-400 Marching French Horn that is in like new condition that I am selling for $450.00. My contact info is below and pics are attached.  

Leslie Willis, Worship Pastor Parkway Place Baptist Church... A Place To BELONG!
300 Parkway Place Drive
Little Rock, AR  72211
501.584.0304
ppbc.com
willis@ppbc.com

PIC 1
PIC 2
PIC 3
PIC 4

Championship at the Rock
We are proud to announce that the 6th Annual Championship at the Rock Invitational Marching Festival will be taking place at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 29th.  The contest is open to all bands that are interested in expert critique and the opportunity to perform in the Central Arkansas Area.  The first 40 bands that apply will be accepted.
The contest will be held at beautiful War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.  With the great central Arkansas area, fantastic warm-up facilities, The War Memorial venue and that famous AT&T Artificial turf field, you will want to be a part of this exciting event.
Of course, concessions and souvenirs will be available for purchase.  Bands will perform in 4-10 band groups with prelim performance positions determined by postmark.  This will be a prelims and finals competitions with adjudicators from all over the country giving you great feedback and critique to provide you plenty of information to help improve your groups!  Digital recordings from each judge will be processed and ready for you soon after your performance for you to have the opportunity to prepare for future performances including the FINALS if chosen to come back.  Your scores will be ranked and you will receive a recap sheet from the prelims and finals scoring.
The 10 top bands will be invited back for a FINALS performance where we will be awarding the GRAND CHAMPION for the Marching Championship at the Rock!  See attached guidelines for selection for finals bands.
The deadline for application is Friday, September 30.
If you have any other questions, you can contact, Robert Hesse at (870)  464-7333 or hesse@arkansas.net

Don't miss out on this opportunity to compete with and experience some of the best marching bands in the South!!!  Plus, this would be a GREAT opportunity to perform at the site of the this year’s  State Marching Contest for Class AAAA & AAAAA!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Robert Hesse
Director, Championship at The Rock

APP
INFO

 

May 30,
UAFS Jazz Band Camp
Congratulations for completing another wonderful year of making music with your students!  As we begin our summers, I would like to remind you that registration is open for the UAFS Jazz Band Camp   
I’d like to announce our instructional staff for the camp, consisting of professional jazz musicians and experienced educators:  
Saxophone - Michael Hanna (Fayetteville, AR)  
Trumpet - Nathan Nall (Kansas City, MO)  
Trombone - J. Eric Chapman (Kansas City, MO)  
Guitar - Dave Holland (Fort Smith, AR)  
Piano - Dr. Terry Segress (Fort Smith, AR)  
Bass - Grant D’Aubin (Fayetteville, AR)  
Drums - Mark Steele (Greenwood Public Schools)  
Auxiliary Instruments - Adam Coats (Fort Smith Public Schools)  
Camp Director - Christopher Barrick (UAFS)          

UAFS Jazz Band Camp
When: June 13-17, Time: 9 AM – 3 PM daily;
Finale concert on Friday, June 17 at 6 PM
Where: Breedlove Building at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
Who: Grades 9-12, open to all instruments Cost:  ·       Commuters = $190 ·       Residents = $385 ·       
Lots of Scholarships available! Scholarship discounts available to All-Region, All-State, UAFS dependents, and incoming UAFS students. Registration Deadline: Monday, June 6 Website: class.uafs.edu/music-camps     For more information on all of our camps, please visit our website at class.uafs.edu/music.  I’ve attached the camp brochure/application and flyer for your convenience.     Thanks again for all that you do to serve the students of our region and share music with our community.  
Christopher Barrick

BROCHURE
FLYER

May 20,
ULM Drum Major Camp
Hello Arkansas directors! I am excited to be returning to Arkansas this year and I wanted to share some information about a camp I will be co-teaching this summer, June 3-5 at the University of Louisiana Monroe. I will be working with Jennifer Grice, founder and leader of the Command the Field Drum Major and Leadership Camp. After teaching this camp with Jenny last year, I feel this is a great opportunity for your drum majors (and any section leaders also interested in conducting) to learn inspiring and practical conducting, teaching, and leadership techniques. We already have many campers from Louisiana and Mississippi and would like to expand our clientele further into Arkansas.  I know a few southern Arkansas schools have sent their drum majors before, so I hope to see those schools again and more as the camp continues to grow. Please follow the links below for camp information and application. I've attached the general camp schedule as well. Contact Jennifer Grice at commandthefield@gmail.com (859) 351-2987 or myself, Carol Sikes, at carolsikes1@gmail.com if you have any questions!  To register: http://www.ulm.edu/music/ http://www.ulm.edu/music/drummajorcamp.pdf.    Thank you and I look forward to working with many of you in the near future!     Sincerely, Carol Sikes Assistant Band Director Fort Smith Southside High School 

SCHEDULE

May 17,
Lincoln High School is selling 59 helmets and 59 plumes
. They were bought from Fruhauf in 2008 but have been kept in extremely good shape.
Plumes: Black Custom 18 Inch French Phantom Plume with Mylar. Retail cost: $17.75
Helmet: Silver Metalized Vanguard Helmet. Retail cost: $65.95
They do not have school marking of any kind. Would prefer to keep them all together if at all possible. Make us a reasonable offer. bmere@lincoln.k12.ar.us, 479-409-0080

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May 10,
Cabot Ray Chapa Clinic
The Ray Chapa Clarinet Camp will be held at the Cabot Freshman Academy on June 6-10, from 9am-1pm. Please let me know if you have any questions! My email address is: erica.hann@cps.k12.ar.us   Please bring your clarinet players! They will love it!  Poster & APPLICATION -  Erica Hann, Band Director

April 28,
UCA is proud to announce the Summer Strings Camp. Activities include but are not limited to: Rehearsals, sectionals, masterclasses, talent show, movie night, trip to Magic Springs, Concert at the conclusion of the week, and much much more.   UCA camp is for strings students whom have completed 1 year of experience through senior year of high school.
POSTER       TEAR-OFF FLYER
Mike Burkepile <mburkepi@fortsmithschools.org>

April 27,
Trumpet for Sale
I have a Conn Vintage One trumpet for sale.  The asking price is $1,200.00.
It is silver and is a 1B-46. It is a .459" medium-large bore, with a #46 standard lead pipe.  It comes with two tuning slides, both traditional "D" shaped and single radius. It has the Modular Valve Weight (MVW) system.  This is an artist line instrument. 
I play on a Vintage one with a smaller bore. Great horn. 
The horn was played for one year.  It looks new except for some tarnish at the bottom of the valve casings where there was one of those plastic valve covers.  
It is in a pro tech case, not the Conn double horn case. 
If you want I can send you pictures of the horn.  
I will take cash or a check from you the director.  Parents will need to pay with cash or if desired, I can send them a credit card invoice.  I will not see there credit card information. 
Please respond to tenney.mark@gmail.com  

April 25,
Uniforms for Sale
100 uniforms for sale.  Includes bibbers, jacket, gauntlets, shako and plumes as pictured.  There are NO school markings on the uniform that have to be removed.  Manufactured by Demoulin and 10 years old these still have some life in them.  Would prefer to sell as a set and not to break them up.  Make us a reasonable offer!   Contact me at gbruner@highland.k12.ar.us if interested.   THANKS! Picture of uniforms

April 5,
SAU Color Guard Auditions

The Southern Arkansas University Band Department will host Color Guard Auditions on Saturday, April 16. Registration will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Magale Rehearsal Room of the Oliver Band Hall on the campus of SAU-Magnolia. Each member making the SAU color guard receives a band scholarship during the fall semester.
https://web.saumag.edu/band/events/cg-auditions/
FLYER
Please contact me with any questions.
J.P. Wilson
Director of Bands
Southern Arkansas University
100 E. University
MSC 9385
Magnolia, AR 71753
870-235-4244 Office
870-235-5473 Fax

April 4,
Air Force Band at Little Rock
Little Rock Central HS is excited to be hosting the USAF Concert Band and Singing Sergeants in the Central HS Gym on Thursday, April 7th at 7:00 PM. Tickets are not required, but early seating will be available for ticket holders. Tickets are free and available at https://littlerockar-usafband.eventbrite.com/  POSTER

Henderson State Drumline Auditions Flyer

March 30,
Air Force Band at Star City
The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will present a free concert on Monday April 4 at 7 pm in the Star City High School Gym (400 East Arkansas Ave, Star City, AR). Free admission, no reserved seats, first-come, first seated. For more information visit www.usafband.af.mil. We hope to see you all there.   John W. Wilkerson, ED.S   POSTER

March 9,
Art Porter Music Education Memorial Scholarship

Accepting Applications for THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE PROVIDED TO PROMOTE EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC EDUCATION BY ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSICALLY TALENTED ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WHO WISH TO PURSUE A DEGREE IN THE FIELD OF MUSIC. Deadline – March 31, Complete Online Application:  
www.artporter.org/scholarships Contact:  Sterling Ingram – sterling@artporter.org Scholarship Winners 2015:  Madison Moline & Edward Barnes -  Flyer

March 1,
Colorguard Instructor Needed
The Lonoke HS Band is searching for a color guard instructor to write, instruct and conduct auditions for the Fall Semester. Interested parties should contact Patrick Matarazzo at patrick.matarazzo@lonokeschools.org for information about the opportunity.

February 2,
Middle School Honor Band Questionnaire Results
Colleagues,
I want to thank you all for taking the time to complete my honor band survey. Based on your responses, we are going to move forward with scheduling this clinic.
April of has already been booked solid at Hempstead Hall. While it would have been great to have been able to schedule the clinic for this year, I think it will be that much better having over a year to make preparations. Therefore, I have reserved the following dates for our clinic in April of 2017:
April 7-8, 2017
April 28-29, 2017
I have reserved two weekends at Hempstead Hall just in case we encounter conflicts with testing, inclement weather days, or any other unforeseen circumstance(s) that may affect the clinic weekend. More definitive information will come sometime next fall.
I want this clinic to be a fun and rewarding musical experience for you and your middle school students. As such, I welcome your comments and suggestions as to how you would like to see this clinic come to fruition. Please feel free to email me your ideas, comments, or concerns and I will definitely take those into consideration as I begin to make plans.
If you think you would be able to attend the clinic, please send me an email with your name and school, so I can get an idea of how many schools we might expect.
Also, because several of you asked, I have included a pdf of the results of this survey.
Again, thank you all very much, and I wish you success as you continue preparing for concert assessment!
RESULTS

 

December 8, 2015
Bankie Holley Memorial Scholarship

It's that time of year!  This will be the 2nd year for the Bankie Holley Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is for senior music education majors who will be interning in the Fall of or Spring of 2017.  The scholarship amount is $1000.00 to help with expenses during their internship.  I have attached a cover letter and application. If you know of someone who could apply, please give them the information.  Applications are due by January 22nd, .  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Ford.

Susan Ford, NBCT, MSE
CJHS Band
<susan.ford@cps.k12.ar.us>


December 1, 2015
TUBACHRISTMAS

What does the Mayor of Fort Smith have in common with a Fort Smith City Director, Chase Carter, Two Marines, an Army Sergeant and an Air Force Sergeant?
They’re all coming to TUBACHRISTMAS!  Are You???
You won’t want to miss this opportunity!  Share with your friends and neighbors to spread the word for the concert and share with all those you know who play Tuba or Euphonium so they can join us too!  This will be a fun afternoon concert of beloved Christmas Tunes to welcome Christmas to the River Valley & Northwest Arkansas.  It will be a fun filled opportunity for performers to play Christmas music and learn from some of the best performers in the country! 
For those students (and their families) who attend the event, Gordon Manley and Northside High School have graciously offered to host a master class following the TUBACHRISTMAS concert for those who wish to attend
Best of all – everything is FREE! 
See you on Saturday, December 5th
ORDER OF EVENTS

UCA Clarinet Day
Hello all,
Arkansas Clarinet Day will take place on Tuesday, January 19 at UCA. Guest artists include David Shifrin, The USAF Band of Mid-America Liberty Clarinet Quartet and Jesse Krebs. The day will include recitals, lectures, master classes and a mock audition. A flier with complete information is available on the ASBOA website. Please contact Kelly Johnson at 501-428-7002 if you have further questions.
Directions to UCA     Flyer

October 20, 2015
future Band Member Halloween Half Time Show
Attention All Children Ages 3-9!
Join the Sound of the Natural State for the Inaugural:

Future Band Members Halloween Half Time Show
What: Participate in an A-State Marching Band Halloween Rehearsal & Half Time Show plus Trick or Treat with the Band!
Who: Costumed Children Ages 3-9 with a Parent/Guardian Escort
When: A-State vs. Georgia St. Football Game on Saturday, October 31: Rehearsal-4:30pm, Game Time-6:00pm
Where: Meet at the Marching Band Practice Field on Olympic Drive at 4:30pm (between the football and baseball stadiums, across the street from the Convocation Center). We will march over to Centennial Bank Stadium after our rehearsal for the game.
How: Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/astatefuturebandmembers

All registered participants will receive an A-State Toy Instrument to rehearse & perform with and Halloween Treats!
All children and their parent/guardian escort will need a ticket to the A-State vs. Georgia State Game.
Discounted tickets can be purchased at
www.AStateRedWolves.com/Howlusing the promo code: HOWL.
Sarah Labovitz, D.M.A.
Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands Arkansas State University slabovitz@astate.edu<mailto:slabovitz@astate.edu
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870.972.2799
FLYER

October 16, 2015
Glen Miller Orchestra 2nd Tenor Sax

The Glenn Miller Orchestra announces auditions for 2nd tenor saxophone with a hiring date of January 6, . Applicants must be a U.S. citizen with a valid/ current passport and willing to commit to the end of . In addition to the required audition materials (see attached), several excerpts of improvisation of swing, blues, ballad, etc should be included. These excerpts are at the discretion of the candidate, should be no more than a minute in length, and MP3 format is preferred. Concise YouTube videos may be submitted as well. The firm deadline for audition submissions is Tuesday December 1, 2015. All submissions and inquiries are to be directed to: Ashley Hall Glenn Miller Orchestra road manager
gmoroadmanager@yahoo.com 954-815-1454 cell Please spread the word!!!!! 1  -  2  -  3  -  4  -  5  -  6  -  7  -  8  -  9  -  10

River Valley Tuba Christmas
River Valley Tuba Christmas will host its inaugural event on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2PM (registration/rehearsal to begin at 10:30AM).  This event will include the opportunity for jr. high, high school and college students to hear, perform with and learn from four of the finest tuba and euphonium players in the country.  The American Tuba Quartet will be coming to Fort Smith from Washington, D.C., just for this event!  The group is made up of two members from the The President’s Own United States Marine Band, a member of Pershing’s Own United States Army Band and a member of the United States Air Force Band.    The quartet will host a special concert & master class/teaching session for TUBACHRISTMAS performers who wish to stay after the TUBACHRISTMAS performance.  Chase Carter will be conducting River Valley TUBACHRISTMAS!  Join us for a great day!  AD     POSTER
Erick Wiggins

October 1, 2015
UAFS Octubafest October 4
The UAFS Department of Music and Theatre will hold its Tenth Annual Octubafest beginning at 3:00 p.m.  on Sunday, October 4, 2015 with a mass tuba-euph rehearsal.    The mass rehearsal is free and open to all 9-12 students and college students, who play tuba or euphonium (baritone), so bring your instrument!   Free pizza, soft drinks and door prizes will be provided to those who participate in Octubafest 2015.   All activities will be held in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at UAFS.   Octubafest will culminate with a free Concert in the Reynolds Room at 6:00 pm. on Sunday, October 4, 2015   The concert will feature Polka favorites performed by members of the UAFS Tuba-Euph ensemble, the UAFS Music Faculty w/Dr. Andy DeBoer, clarinet; Dr. Luis Arya,trumpet;  and Tommy Hough, tuba FS Symphony; the concert will also feature the UAFS Brass Ensemble and the Mass-Tuba-Euph Ensemble.   FREE ROOT BEER AND POPCORN will be served to the audience during the concert!   For more information, contact Dr. Zacharella by telephone at 479-788-7972 or email at alex.zacharella@uafs.edu.   Please encourage your students to come out and join us for a fun filled afternoon!   Best, Dr. Alexandra Zacharella - POSTER

St. Louis Brass Quintet
The World-renowned St. Louis Brass Quintet performs at UALR Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30pm. In addition, they will present a master class at 5:00pm that is free and open to the public. Both events will take place in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Building on the UALR campus. Interested directors should contact Dr. Michael Underwood directly regarding tickets for the evening concert. We encourage you and your students to attend.
I have attached their program and biographies for your perusal. Thank you! Dr. Michael Underwood, Instructor of Low Brass, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Principal Trombone, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (214) 669-6782 (cell/text) (501) 569-3301 (work) mpunderwood@ualr.edu

 ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Hello dear colleagues, The first ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert of the season is this Sunday, October 4, at 2:30 in Witherspoon Auditorium. The program, entitled “Inspirations of Earth and the Heavens”, includes Ryan George’s epic work “Riff Raff”, Steve Danyew’s piece for wind ensemble and silent film “This World Alive”, Eric Wilson’s new setting of the Ola Gjeilo “Serenity”, and David Maslanka’s masterwork “Give Us This Day”.  The concert flyer is attached. Admission is always free, and we’d love to share this music with you this Sunday. All the best~ Dan

September 21, 2015
The United States "President's Own" Marine Band at UAPB

The United States “President's Own” Marine Band will present a concert Sunday, September 27, 2015, 3:00PM on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the HPER Complex. You are encouraged to bring your bands to this extraordinary event. Follow the link below to register for free tickets. It may take you several logins to register all parties, as you can only get them in four group clusters, but it is worth the effort!   A poster is available below.   Visit www.ticketleap.com All tickets are null and void 15 minutes prior to the performance. At that time, seats will be available to those without tickets on a first-come, first served basis. For security purposes, items larger than a purse will not be permitted.   Sincerely,     Harold J Fooster Jr., Assistant Band Director/Percussion Instructor, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (870)575-8910 foosterh@uapb.edu
Poster

August 18, 2015
ATU Events & News from Dr. Belongia - Letter & Poster
Dear Colleagues, Greetings from Tech!  We’re off to a terrific start here, and hope you are as well. It’s been such a pleasure to meet so many passionate music educators throughout the state of Arkansas since my family and I moved here in June.  If we haven’t yet met, I hope that we will remedy that soon!
In  that  spirit,  I  hope  that  you’ll  take  a  moment  to  look  at  the  “Fall  2015 Instrumental Ensemble Calendar”.    We would love to see you and your students at any of the twelve wind and percussion ensemble performances between today and Thanksgiving! 
Of course, we’d be grateful if you’d share this calendar electronically amongst your community, and display it in your rehearsal spaces. As always, the faculty at Tech are happy to assist you in any way we can!  I would love to attend as many of your rehearsals and performances as possible.  Also, I am amazed at the talent, skill, and generosity of my new colleagues here at Tech, and I know  that  they’d  be  happy  to  visit  your  campus  any  chance  they  are  able.    Please don’t hesitate to call upon us at any time. Thanks  for  all  that  you  do  for  music  education  in  Arkansas.   
I am so enjoying my experience with your students that now attend Tech.  All my best for a fantastic fall semester! Yours musically, Dr. Daniel A. Belongia Director of Bands Arkansas Tech University
DBelongia@atu.edu

 

UAM / KKY Invitational Marching Contest

On behalf of Kappa Kappa Psi and the University of Arkansas at Monticello band program, I would like to officially invite your band to participate in the UAM Invitational Marching Contest. The UAM Invitational Marching Contest takes place on October 13, 2015 on the UAM campus. This contest gives you the chance to have your marching band evaluated by competent adjudicators before the Regional Marching Assessments take place. The Grand Champion will not have to pay an entry fee for the contest next year. Each band will compete in their ASBOA classification and be judged by three band judges and individual judges for percussion, guard and drum major. The entry fee is $250 per band.  If paying by a check, make checks payable to Kappa Kappa Psi. To enter go to http://www.uamont.edu/pages/division-ofmusic/uam-band/ and click “Marching Band Contest Form.” 

 Upon submission of the form it will be emailed to Mr. Robert Hesse, UAM Director of Bands.  Thank you for your consideration.  Robert Hesse, UAM Director of Bands - Letter and Application

Dale Bumpers Invitational
The 24th Dale Bumpers Invitational is on Saturday October 10 at Charleston High School. Entry deadline is September 25. For information and entry form please go to charlestonbands.org then open the Dale Bumpers Contest link. If you have questions or need additional information please contact me at
durham3922@hotmail.com. The contest is sanctioned in Arkansas and Oklahoma - Eric Durham

Cabot Invitational Marching Contest - The deadline for this year's Cabot Invitational Marching Contest is September 25.  If you are planning on attending the contest and have not filled out your entry form yet, please contact Joe Trusty for more information.  Forms may be downloaded from www.cabot.band
Joe Trusty
Cabot High School Band
401 N Lincoln
Cabot AR 72023
501-843-3562

October 17, 2015

War Eagle Classic Marching Band Competition

The War Eagle Classic Marching Band Competition will be held on the campus of Heritage HS in Rogers on Oct 17th. Please visit the link below to sign up. The deadline to register is the end of September.

http://goo.gl/forms/zI5JhJ8Hyg

For more information contact:

Doug Blevins - dblevins@rps.k12.ar.us

September 9, 2015
ArkASTA Junior Honors Orchestra Festival 2015
Hello Orchestra Directors,   I am excited to announce that registration for the 2015 ArkASTA Junior Honors Orchestra Festival is now open!  The Advanced orchestra will be directed by Jessica Morel, Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Evansville and Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Intermediate orchestra will be directed by Curtis Hansen, Head Orchestra Director at Kimmons Junior High in Fort Smith.  Both conductors have chosen exciting repertoire for our students to perform and I can’t wait for them to meet and work with our kids.   On the Message Board of www.asboa.org will find an informational letter and the Nomination/Registration form.  You can also access these documents, as well as more detailed information on the music, schedule of events, and clinicians by following this link to the ArkASTA Junior Honors Orchestra Festival LiveBinder (Enter Access Key: Arkansas ASTA).  Please read and share the information with your students, then complete your registration form.  
To complete the registration form: 1.       Download the Excel document 2.       Complete all fields, then save the completed form to your computer 3.       Send your saved file as an attachment in an e-mail to me: brittany_osman@lakesidesd.org   I know some you may not have used LiveBinder yet, but I think it is a great resource for compiling information and posting updates, and it reduces the need for huge e-mail attachments.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail!   Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you soon,   Brittany Osman Festival Chairperson, Treasurer, ArkASTA Director of Orchestras, Lakeside School District

Championship at the Rock  
We are proud to announce that the 5th Annual Championship at the Rock Invitational Marching Festival will be taking place at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 31st!!!  The contest is open to all bands that are interested in expert critique and the opportunity to perform in the Central Arkansas Area.  The first 40 bands that apply will be accepted.   The contest will be held at beautiful War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.  With the great central Arkansas area, fantastic warm-up facilities, The War Memorial venue and that famous AT&T Artificial turf field, you will want to be a part of this exciting event.   Of course, concessions and souvenirs will be available for purchase.  Bands will perform in 4-10 band groups with prelim performance positions determined by postmark.  This will be a prelims and finals competitions with adjudicators from all over the country giving you great feedback and critique to provide you plenty of information to help improve your groups!  Digital recordings from each judge will be processed and ready for you soon after your performance for you to have the opportunity to prepare for future performances including the FINALS if chosen to come back.  Your scores will be ranked and you will receive a recap sheet from the prelims and finals scoring.   Adjudicators this year will include:   Barry Bernhardt – Miami, Florida Doug Green – Salt Lake City, Utah Norm Ruebling – Columbia, Missouri Pat Flynn – Kalamazoo, Michigan Bob Buckner – Cullowhee, North Carolina David Gorham – Tulsa, Oklahoma Brad Snow – Columbia, Missouri  Donnie Christian – Houston, Texas John Ladd – Little Rock, Arkansas     The 10 top bands will be invited back for a FINALS performance where we will be awarding the GRAND CHAMPION for the Marching Championship at the Rock!  See attached guidelines for selection for finals bands.   I have attached the application and general information about the contest to this email.   The deadline for application is Friday, October 9th.   If you have any other questions, you can contact, Robert Hesse at (870)  464-7333 or hesse@arkansas.net   Don't miss out on this opportunity to compete with and experience some of the best marching bands in the South!!!   I look forward to seeing you there!   Sincerely,   Robert Hesse Director, Championship at The Rock   MORE INFO   --    APPLICATION

Contest Updates
Colleagues, Both the Redskin Classic and the Arkansas Open will be using renovated stadiums this year.  On the Message Board of www.asboa.org are the pictures of ASU's stadium (Arkansas Open) and the almost-completed Pocahontas stadium (Redskin Classic). For information on the Redskin Classic, go to http://www.pocahontasband.org/Redskin_Classic.php   ?For information on the Arkansas Open, go to www.arkansasopen.net. Thank you, and best wishes for an outstanding season! Brady -

August 17, 2015
West Memphis Marching Classic
We would love to have you join us for West Memphis Marching Classic on Oct. 10th. To register for this event fill out the registration in Google Forms by following the preceeding hyperlink. See the brochure here.

August 12, 2015
Annual Lake Hamilton Power Band Classic
Directors, Attached you will find info on the 5th Annual Lake Hamilton Power Band Classic scheduled for October 24th.  If you would like more information about the contest, site, or otherwise please feel free to contact Jon Shultz at 501-760-6513 or email at jon.shultz@lhwolves.net You may also see more by going to our website - http://powerbandclassic.org/ Entry forms are due by September 1st.  We look forward to another great contest! PBC Guidlines PBC Entry Forms

July 20, 2015
The second annual "Pea Ridge Blackhawk Marching Classic" is set for Saturday, October 10th.  Pea Ridge is located in NWA next door to Bentonville and Rogers. See the pictures to view our indoor facilities. Great place to perform early in the season!  Attachments/PR Pic 1.jpg   Attachments/PR Pic 2.jpg   Attachments/PR Pic 3.jpg   FLYER   If you have any questions, contact Kevin Hume at khume@prs.k12.ar.us 

July 14, 2015
Lakeside (Hot Springs) has approximately 250 black uniform bibbers we are offering for sale for $7 each.  Most of the bibbers are ten years old and in pretty good shape – a few are newer. They are machine washable. We will sell individually or in whatever quantity we have available on a first-come basis. Purchaser will need to arrange a time to pick up the items and will need to pick his/her own sizes out of the inventory. Payment required at time of purchase. The items do need to be laundered. Please email Scott “Rudy” Villines at scott_villines@lakesidesd.org if interested.
Thanks, Rudy

July 8, 2015
Saxophone for Sale
Yamaha Alto Saxophone for sale with Selmer C* Mouthpiece. We had it checked and valued at Independent Music in Sherwood, AR. They said it was in excellent condition and set the selling value at $900. Nancy Fancyboy, 501-207-1258
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June 29, 2015
Sound 101 for Educators
With Dr. Brian Faulkner - Friday, July 10th - 9AM-4PM - Arkansas Center for Music Education - 502 Tyler RD, Russellville, AR - ADE Approved Workshop - $30 for 6 hours - MORE INFO

June 9, 2015
We are selling our 49 pairs of band blue pants, 47 Shakos with travel cases, 2 drum major shakos (never been worn), 40 white plumes with silver lame’ and 53 Bulldog Sashes. See attached pictures - Asking $15.00 a pair for the pants, $15.00 for shakos with travel cases and plumes. $5.00 a sashes.  Please contact John Wilkerson at john.wilkerson@scmail.k12.ar.us if you are interested in purchasing any of these items.  Thank you, John W. Wilkerson
Band Shako with plum.jpg   Blue pants.jpg   Sashes.jpg   Drum Major Shako.jpg  

May 28, 2015
Caddo Hills
has approximately 90 old uniforms for sale.  They are royal blue: bibbers with white stripe on outside of leg (along it is red pipping). The jacket is more of a concert style waist coat (no tails).  It has Caddo Hills stitched on the sleeve.The uniform also comes with red comber buns, red bow tie, and white tuxedo style bib. 
 
Needing to make room, so please make an offer.    Cilla Green, 870-356-5729, www.caddohills.org

Lakeside School District (Hot Springs) is accepting bids for the sale of 250 used band uniforms.  Uniforms will be sold as a set and the set will not be broken up.  Purchaser will be responsible for picking up the uniforms on the Lakeside campus.  The uniforms consist of a royal blue coat with a gold sequin diamond on the front, black bibber trousers and a black shako with metallic gold plumes (see attached photos)Bids should be submitted on the attached Bid Document Form.  All bids should be sealed and submitted to the Office of the Superintendent, 2837 Malvern Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901.  Please make sure that “Bid Document” is on the outside of the envelope and also list the item on the outside of the envelope.   Bids are due by 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8 and will be opened on Tuesday, June 9 at 8:30 a.m.  There is no minimum bid price.  Questions may be directed to Freddy Bell, freddy_bell@lakesidesd.org or Scott “Rudy” Villines, scott_villines@lakesidesd.org .
Bibbers.JPG  Coat.JPG  shako.JPG  Bid Document - Used Uniforms.doc

May 15, 2015
A-State Band Day
Colleagues,   The Arkansas State University Bands in conjunction with the A-State Athletic Department will be holding their 2015 Band Day on Saturday, September 19.  We invite you and your band to join us for the A-State versus Missouri State Football game and be a part of our massed band half-time performance!   The game time has not been announced yet so this email is serving as a “save the date” for the event.  Prior to the game, we will have a massed band rehearsal and a pre-game picnic provided by the A-State Athletic Department.  Bands will watch the game from the stands, participate in our massed band performance during half-time and then re-enter the stands to watch the conclusion of the game.   There is no cost for your band to take part in A-State Band Day! If you register to participate your band will receive free tickets to the game, the free pre-game picnic, and the chance to play in a NCAA Division I half-time performance! 
Our athletic department will also give your students’ families the opportunity to purchase tickets to the event at the discounted price.   To register for this event please fill out the Registration Form below and email it to Sarah Labovitz at slabovitz@astate.eduOnce the game time is confirmed, you will receive detailed information regarding the schedule, parking, and family ticket sales.  You will also be mailed the repertoire for the 2015 Band Day which includes Centuries (arr. by Ishbah Cox, Hal Leonard Publication), Shake it Off ( arr. by Oare & Stafford, Hal Leonard Corporation ), and the A-State Fight Song. Deadline to register will be September 1, 2015.   Hope to see everyone on 9/19 for  A-State Band Day 2015!    
Sarah Labovitz, D.M.A. Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands, Arkansas State University, slabovitz@astate.edu     870.972.2799
- Registration Form

May 15, 2015
Now for something different
...A few weeks ago, I noticed a Yamaha baritone case in our instrument storage room I had not seen before.  I called our development office to see if we had gotten a donation I had not heard of - but that was not the case.  So, in short, I have a Yamaha baritone in my storage room at ASMSA I would like to keep, repair, and use, but I'm worried it might be stolen.   I have the serial number if a Yamaha baritone is missing from your inventory.   Please contact Mary Alice Chambers at malice5992again@yahoo.com.   Picture 

April 23, 2015
Arkansas Jazz Festival
Dardanelle Schedule   ---   Little Rock Schedule - Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25!

April 9, 2015
ATU Jazz Ensemble with Carol Morgan
The Arkansas Tech Jazz Ensemble will be performing with New York-based trumpet player/recording artist, Carol Morgan this Friday, April  10 at 7:30 in Witherspoon Auditorium.   The program will feature compositions and arrangements by George Gershwin, Leigh Pilzer, Maynard Ferguson, Russell Scarborough and Mark Ronson.   The program is free and open to the public.     Dr. Sean Reed Director Arkansas Tech University Jazz Ensemble - Poster

April 3, 2015
EDDIE DANIELS PERFORMS AT UAFS
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is proud to welcome world renowned clarinetist EDDIE DANIELS to join the UAFS Jazz Band and our vocal jazz group, the Jazz Catz, in concert on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 PM.  Also, Eddie Daniels will be giving a free jazz clinic at 10:00 AM on April 14th.  Both of these events will be held at ArcBest Performing Arts Center, located at 55 South 7th Street in downtown Fort Smith.  
 
If you have never heard Eddie Daniels perform, this is a rare opportunity to hear a true master.  A virtuoso in both classical and jazz styles, the legendary clarinetist first made a name for himself in the saxophone section of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.  Eddie has been in demand ever since, performing as a soloist with major orchestras and jazz ensembles the world over.  A poster for the concert and clinic can be downloaded HERE, and you can read more about his accolades at: http://www.berkeleyagency.com/jazz/eddie-daniels.htm
 
For more information, please contact Dr. Christopher Barrick at 479-788-7547 or christopher.barrick@uafs.edu.  You can also contact the UAFS Box office at 479-788-7300 or box-office@uafs.edu.

April 1, 2015
Rock Orchestra Camp with Mark Wood & Laura Kaye
Electrify Your Strings! (TM) is two full days of workshops and rehearsals, preparing for a high-energy, high-octane final concert on the evening of the second day. Prior to the camp participants will receive material for a 60-90 minute concert featuring Mark Wood (of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mark Wood Experience Fame) and powerhouse rock vocalist Laura Kaye. The workshop and rehearsal portion of the camp focuses on rehearsing the material, encouraging students to relate to the music as more than simply dots on the page, performance techniques, how to connect with the audience, and most importantly how to access their own creative potential. Email Barbara or call 501-666-1761, ext. 116 for information on participating in the camp. 

Registration is available to all woodwind, brass, string, and choir students. Thank you!  Registration

March 3, 2015
USAF Band of Mid America Concert in Searcy & Other AR Venues
The United States Air Force Band of Mid America will be in concert at the Searcy High School Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm.  This is a joint sponsorship with Harding University Music Department and Searcy Bands.  E-tickets are available at www.bandofmidamerica.af.mil.     The group will also be at several other towns across Arkansas.  Flyers for you to post with locations, dates & times are below.  We hope to see everybody there.  Thank you.   Tony Luzzi   - Posters
USAF Band of Mid America  --  AR Venues

January 19, 2015

St. Louis Brass at ATU

Dear All,   Please come experience the St. Louis Brass with us on February 2nd!     These legendary brass players will be giving master classes on individual instruments from 4:30-5:30.  They will be performing at 7:30.   Both events are free and open to the public.  [POSTER].   For additional information, contact Dr. Sean Reed at sreed18@atu.edu.     Dr. Sean Reed, Assistant Professor of Trombone, Euphonium and Jazz Ensemble Arkansas Tech University Shires Artist International Trombone Association Journal Literature Review Staff www.seanscotreed.com

December 15,
Lake Hamilton Invitational Concert Assessment
Lake Hamilton will be hosting its 6th Annual Concert Invitational.  It will be held on February 27-28. This event will give you the opportunity to be judged by an experienced panel of adjudicators that can help you prepare for Concert Assessment.   Each group will have 45 minutes on stage.  After each group finishes performing their selections, they will receive a clinic for the remainder of the time.   The cost is $250 per group.  This will include 3 sets of judges comments and sheets, plus each group will receive a clinic from a 4th clinician.   We have a limited number of slots, if you are interested please send your inquiries to jon.shultz@lhwolves.net   INFO

December 2,
Bankie Holley Scholarship Fund
We are pleased to give you information on the Bankie Holley Scholarship Fund.  This application is for college seniors who will be interning in the Fall of 2015 or Spring of .  Applications are due by January 23rd.  This year the scholarship is for $1000.  I know this is mainly for college directors, but some of you may know previous students or students close to interning that you could encourage to apply for this scholarship.  As always, we are still accepting donations to be used for this scholarship.  Donations should be sent to Judy Harkrider. Thanks! Susan Ford, AWBDA President     APPLICATION -- COVER LETTER

November 13,
NWA TubaChristmas
Greetings everyone and Happy Holidays!   With this time of year comes many opportunities for our students and ourselves to perform. I would like to invite you and your baritone and tuba students to be a  part of the 6th Annual NWA TubaChristmas!    Registration and rehearsal is at Washington JH in Bentonville on Saturday, November 29th with a culminating performance at 1:00pm at the Pinnacle Hills Food Pavilion.  See attached flyer for more info.   I am looking forward to another great TubaChristmas and can not wait to see everyone there!!   Musically yours,   Jared Jones Washington Junior High Band Director 479.254.5381 https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/parents.asp bit.ly/wjhsbands  FLYER

October 31,
Cody Belew and the ATU Jazz Ensemble
BELEW POSTER

October 27,
HSU Annual Elementary Workshop
Henderson State University is pleased to announce that the annual Elementary Workshop will be occurring this year on Friday, January 23, 2015.  Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested and mark your calendars! The guest this year is Dr. Kathleen McKeage, from the University of Wyoming, where she teaches the double bass studio and undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, music theory, elementary general music, and string pedagogy.  She began her career as a public school general music, band and choir teacher. During her 20 years with the University Of Wyoming Department Of Music, she has helped prepare more than 200 music educators for the profession. She presents nationally on a variety of topics, including teacher preparation, creativity in the classroom, jazz improvisation for elementary students, and double bass pedagogy. She performs regularly with orchestras, jazz, and pop groups playing upright and electric bass. An active researcher, her work is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Gender, Education, Music and Society and Windsong. She served as President of the Wyoming Jazz Educators, the chair of the MENC: National Association for Music Education Gender Research Group, co-chair of Gender Research in Music Education International and as President of the Wyoming Music Educators Association. Dr. McKeage holds a BME from the University of Northern Colorado, MA in Music and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wyoming. She studied the Schulwerk at the Orff Institute and in the US with Judy Cole and Liz Gilpatrick.   The workshop this year is Elemental Blues.  The blues form is a natural platform for improvisation and composition in the elementary classroom. This integrated, Orff-based unit incorporates rhythmic speech, speech ensembles, body percussion, classroom instruments, and singing. In the first part of the session, we will experience a set of activities that lead to vocal and instrumental improvisation over the blues form. The culminating activity will include class and small group blues compositions and performances.   Cost is $25 and 6 hours of Arkansas Department of Education professional development credit will be offered.  Please feel free to contact Amy Laursen at laursea@hsu.edu if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  We look forward to having you on campus!   Sincerely,     Amy Laursen   Amy Laursen Instructor of Horn Music Department Henderson State University Box 7733 - Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001 (307) 202-0361(c) REGISTRATION FORM   --   FLYER

October 23,
Octubafest & Tubaween
The University of Central Arkansas Department of Music will host tuba and euphonium concerts Octubafest on Tuesday, Oct. 28 and Tubaween on Thursday, Oct. 30.   Octubafest is a fun-filled musical night with performances by UCA students.  Tubaween will feature the UCA Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble dressed in costumes.   Both concerts are free and open to the public and are set for 7.30 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Center.   Our Tubaween theme is 007 Music of James Bond, Dr. Gail Robertson, visiting assistant professor of tuba and euphonium, said.   The event the night before Halloween will feature music from James Bond classics as well as other movie favorites. The program includes works such as You Only Live Twice, Goldfinger, The James Bond Theme, From Russia With Love, and Thunderball, among others.   There will also be a Harry Potter medley, and we have a special guest from our music office to be featured with us, Robertson said. Euphonium soloist Carol Ebinger, administrative assistant for the Department of Music, will be featured on the Concierto en Una Nota. She does not play the euphonium, so it will be a very fun event for her and us.   For more information, contact Robertson at grobertson@uca.edu or at (501) 450-5763.   The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music and Writing. The college's primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.  POSTER

October 14,
The Volunteers, the official touring rock band of the US Army Field Band, will be giving a FREE concert on Sunday, November 9, in the Searcy High School Performing Arts Center at 3PM.  All you have to do is contact Tony Luzzi at tluzzi@searcyschools.org for your FREE tickets.  Come and enjoy a rock concert with some of our nation's best musicians!  We hope to see you there! POSTER

October 8,
UAFS Octubafest
The UAFS Department of Music and Theatre will hold its
Ninth Annual Octubafest beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, with a mass tuba-euph rehearsal. 
The mass rehearsal is open to all high school and college students, who play tuba or euphonium, so bring your instrument! Free pizza will be provided to all who participate in Octubafest. All activities will be held in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at UAFS.  Octubafest will culminate with a free Concert in the Reynolds Room at 6:00 pm. On Sunday, October 12, The concert will feature Polka favorites performed by members of the UAFS Music Faculty, the UAFS Brass Ensemble and the Mass-Tuba-Euph Ensemble. FREE ROOT BEER AND POPCORN will be served to the audience during the concert! For more information, contact Dr. Zacharella by telephone at 479-788-7972 or email at alex.zacharella@uafs.edu POSTER

September 19,
ASTA Honors Orchestra
ArkASTA Junior Honors Orchestra Festival - LiveBinder which includes an information packet, registration form, and copies of the repertoire.  I’ll also be adding clinician bios and a detailed schedule of events by early next week.  Here is the link and access key:   http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1495643  Access Key (case sensitive): Arkansas ASTA - More Info   -    Registration Form

September 17,
Dallas Brass at UAFS
Dallas Brass in Concert hosted by UAFS at the Alma Performing Arts Center We are pleased to announce the Dallas Brass Concert on Wednesday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alma Performing Arts Center The concert will feature the Dallas Brass, the UAFS Symphonic Band, with local high school band students from the surrounding River Valley area and introducing our new UAFS Music Faculty member Dr. Luis Miguel Araya, trumpeter-Artist in Residence and member of the Dallas Brass. The concert is free and open to the public In addition, Dallas Brass will present a 2:00 p.m. masterclasss at the AlmaPAC, which is also free and open to the public. The Alma Performing Arts Center is located at 103 E. Main Street Alma, AR 72921. The generous support for this concert comes to us from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Chancellor Paul B. Beran, Ph.D and Dr. Henry Q. Rinne, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. For further information please contact Dr. Alexandra Zacharella at alex.zacharella@uafs.edu or 310-947-2186  POSTER

September 15,
Championship at the Rock
We are proud to announce that the 4th Annual Championship at the Rock Invitational Marching Festival will be taking place at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 1st!!!  The contest is open to all bands that are interested in expert critique and the opportunity to perform in the Central Arkansas Area.  The first 40 bands that apply will be accepted.   The contest will be held at beautiful War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.  With the great central Arkansas area, fantastic warm-up facilities, The War Memorial venue and that famous AT&T Artificial turf field, you will want to be a part of this exciting event.   Of course, concessions and souvenirs will be available for purchase.  Bands will perform in classes according to band size.  This will be a prelims and finals competitions with adjudicators from all over the country giving you great feedback and critique to provide you plenty of information to help improve your groups!  Digital recordings from each judge will be processed and ready for you soon after your performance for you to have the opportunity to prepare for future performances including the FINALS if chosen to come back.  The scoring will be more in line with the Bands of America scoring system.  Your scores will be ranked and you will receive a recap sheet from the prelims and finals scoring.   Adjudicators this year will include:   Norm Ruebling – Columbia, Missouri Pat Flynn – Kalamazoo, Michigan Bob Buckner – Cullowhee, North Carolina Mark Lighthiser – Portland, Oregon David Gorham – Tulsa, Oklahoma Anthony Gibson – Allen, Texas Albert Nguyen – Memphis, Tennessee     The top bands will be invited back for a FINALS performance where we will be awarding the GRAND CHAMPION for the Marching Championship at the Rock!   Application have been sent out but many of you may not have received the e-mail with so many changes in the roster.     If you can't find the application for participation on the Message Board of the ASBOA website, contact Robert Hesse.   The deadline for application is Friday, October 10th.   If you have any other questions, you can contact, Robert Hesse at (870) 464-7333 or hesse@arkansas.net    Don't miss out on this opportunity to compete with and experience some of the best marching bands in the South!!!   I look forward to seeing you there!   Sincerely,   Robert Hesse Director, Championship at The Rock - General Information    -    Application

September 9,
Flute for Sale
Used Gemeinhardt 2SP Student Flute, Case, Custom-made flute stand, and Pro Tec Case Cover, $200+shipping.   No visible tarnish, minor damage to case and cover.  In Playing Condition.   Contact Shelley Martin @ shelley.e.martin@gmail.com   PICTURE

September 2,
Dallas Brass in Russellville
The Dallas Brass will be performing in Russellville on Monday, September 22 at 7 PM at The Center and includes a special appearance by the RHS Cyclone Band!   Tickets are now available and are $20 for adults and $10 for students.  Group discounts are available! Tickets can be purchased through The Center at 479-498-6600.   Don't miss this great night of music!   A POSTER is available to display.

September 2,
Lake Hamilton Power Band Classic
Lake Hamilton Power Band Classic 4th Annual Marching Band Championship Saturday, October 4, - ENTRY FORM

September 2,
Sonic Mid-South Classic
Hello Everyone!   I hope that your school year is off to a great start. After a mild July, August has reminded us that we all live in the South!   Please consider this a personal invitation for you and your band to participate in the 10th Annual Sonic Mid-South Marching Classic to be held on October 4 at Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas.   Bands that attend the Classic will enjoy performing on our new field turf as well as competing for a variety of awards. Our adjudicator staff will work hard to  help prepare you and your band for future competitions. Our goal is for your students to have a positive and motivating experience!   We hope to see all of you at the 10th Annual Sonic Mid-South Marching Classic!   Online registration can be found at:    http://jonesboroband.org/The_Mid-South_Classic.html     Click HERE for a registration form if you prefer to register using that method!   Looking forward to hearing and seeing a lot of great bands this fall!  Good luck as you prepare your students for a great season!   Sincerely - Steve Warner     -- Steve Warner Director of Bands Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, AR 72401 School 870.933.5881 Fax 870.933.5814 Cell 870.761.3150 www.jonesboroband.org

August 25,
Ozarks Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Dear Colleagues,   This is David Barg, OPYO Music Director, sending best wishes, and hoping your year is off to a good start.   I enjoyed meeting so many of you last September when I conducted at the North District Festival - and hope our paths will cross again this year,   Looking forward to OPYO's -2015 Season, I'm writing to invite the students whom you feel would benefit from working with our conductors (Jenny Castillo, Jesse Collett, and me),,,to join us for the season.  Jenny and Jesse are developing their programs, but I'm pretty determined to do the Nutcracker Suite!   Not only would your students enjoy the musical experience, but they would bring enhanced skills and enthusiasm to your program.   We'll kicking this season off with a Holiday concert by all three orchestras on December 2 under the soaring ceiling of St. Vincent de Paul's glorious chapel in Rogers.   With so much on your plates, thanks for reading this and sharing this opportunity. The OPYO Handbook and Audition/Registration forms for prospective students are available on the Message Board of www.asboa.org.  Please visit our website at www.opyo.org to have your students sign up for auditions which will be held this weekend and the Bentonville High School Music Orchestra room.   Please don't hesitate to contact me (davidarthurbarg@gmail.com) with any questions. I'm also happy to hear from prospective student participants or their parents.       Warm Regards - David

Blackhawk Marching Classic
Dear Directors,    
I hope you are having a great start to your marching season!   The Pea Ridge High School Band will be hosting the "Blackhawk Marching Classic" on Saturday, October 11.  We have a beautiful new stadium and indoor facility.  Caption awards and an overall ranking of bands will highlight this event.   Please find the attached entry form and information.  The deadline for entry is September 24.     Monty Hill mhill@prs.k12.ar.us

Glen Rose Invitational
With great pleasure, I would like to extend a formal invitation to all ASBOA Bands for the Inaugural Glen Rose High School Invitational on Saturday, October 11, .  Click here for an entry form for you to email back to me at
apettit@grbeavers.org.  The contest is designed to benefit your students’ hard work and help them continue their success.  Bands will be judged by a three member judging panel, and there will be caption judging for percussion, auxiliaries, and drum majors.  Recorded and written comments will be provided for each band.  We will video your performance as well.  Best of luck on your season.  I hope you and tour groups do their best throughout the school year.   Sincerely,     Aaron Pettit Director of Bands Personal Finance Instructor Glen Rose School District "Do Or Do Not There Is No Try." Yoda  

 


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