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From the Board

            practice, evaluation and learning from the best. I can think  Highlights for this year’s convention include  Larry
            of no better place and time to grow as a band director than  Livingston (Featured Clinician) presenting clinics, one of
            our annual Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/  which will have a demonstration band. Brian Balmages
            Clinic  (July  20-22).  The  convention  schedule  is  slightly  (Featured Composer) will present two clinics. His music
            different this year so make sure you are planning ahead to  will be showcased by the excellent Plano Community Band
            make the most of our summer convention. The convention  lead by their director, Joe Frank Jr. TBA has commissioned
            begins on Thursday morning (July 20) with great clinics  Mr. Balmages to write a UIL-type grade 3 piece to celebrate
            and honor band listening. So out-of-town band directors  the 70  TBA Convention/Clinic. This world premier will
            will want to arrive Wednesday night to take full advantage  be performed by the United States Coast Guard Band on
            of the convention schedule. The Exhibit Hall will be open  Friday evening in the Lila Cockrell Theatre. I would like
            on Friday (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)  to thank the band directors and programs across the state
            This year we will have exclusive Exhibit Hall time (when  that have taken part in this consortium and for making this
            no clinics and concerts are presented) to better support our  commission possible.
            vendors who make our convention possible.             In addition to the USCG Band, the  United States
              As you look through the Schedule of Events listed in  Air Force Band of the West  and Dimensions in Blue
            this magazine or on the interactive schedule online at  will be sharing a concert on Thursday night. Joining
  , you will see a great lineup of clinics  Dimensions in Blue will be two outstanding jazz soloist,
            that pertain to middle school, high school, university,  Wayne Bergeron and Joe Eckert. This will be a concert
            marching band, color guard, percussion, concert band  that you will not want to miss. In addition, we will have a
            (beginner, intermediate, advanced), jazz and mariachi. As  concert and clinic by the Konko Gakuen Wind Orchestra
            you can see by the schedule, this convention has some of  from Japan. Reading sessions will be presented by the
            the very best in our profession presenting clinics to educate  323  Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own”, San Antonio Jazz
            and inspire us all.                                Orchestra and Phi Beta Mu Reading Band.
              I want to remind everyone that for every clinic and   Along with all of our award recipients, I am especially
            concert that you attend at TBA, you can receive professional  looking forward to hearing from our 70  TBA Bandmaster
            development hours since the entire convention takes place  of the Year, Dr. Matthew McInturf at our annual business
            outside the school day/calendar. This is an excellent  luncheon  on Saturday. Our convention  will  conclude
            opportunity to earn your CPE and GT hours if your district  Saturday  night  with  the  Barbeque and/or  the  DCI
            has this requirement.                              Competition in the Alamodome. Our Spouses’ Board led
              If you know of someone who is new to our profession  by my wife Leslie has some great events planned for the
            or new to Texas, I would strongly encourage them to  TBA Spouses and families (see page 10). Spouses can be
            attend the TBA Academy which takes place on the first  registered on Active and Retired TBA members’ registration
            day of the convention (Thursday). This one day is packed  forms.
            with  excellent  leaders  sharing  information  that  will  be   Attending the 70 TBA Convention/Clinic is a great way
            invaluable for teachers new to our profession or new to  to make sure you have a “successful” year. Make certain
            Texas.                                             that you plan to attend this summer and encourage your
              With more than 80 of Texas finest directors will be  colleagues to attend. This is a convention that you will not
            presenting clinics, there will be something for everyone!  want to miss.

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