Year to year, the Indiana Bandmasters Association is cared for and maintained by the professional efforts of Myron Snuffin. Through the expert leadership of Glenn Northern, IBA has provided Indiana band students with world class experiences that are truly enriching. I would like to recognize and thank Glenn and Myron for their service together over the last two years. As I assume the role of President, I find myself very excited to work with Myron, but Glenn is a hard act to follow.
Summer is here and many of my personal traditions have become more and more sacred to me the older I get.
Refusing to wear long pants unless I just have to
Growing the summer beard
Beach time… oh yes!
Reconnecting with my spouse and family
These simple pleasures are examples of strategies meant to relax the mind and recharge the batteries before another busy year of music making. We all have these rituals. I would like to invite you to join me in what I feel should be a universal tradition for all music educators: Joining or rejoining our professional organizations. Being a member of the Indiana Bandmasters Association provides you with important opportunities for networking, professional development, mentoring, and music education advocacy. As a member of IBA, you are encouraged to involve your students in All Region Band, All District Band, Junior All State and All State Bands. Now is the time to join. The membership deadline is August 31. As you enter your students in IBA events this year, please note that this is now done online and each event requires a separate registration. I would like to thank Pete Sampson for his outstanding work on this project.
I am so proud of Indiana’s reputation for excellent band programs. This tradition has risen from the work of legendary band directors over decades that established the high standards that we enjoy now as a collective. A major contributor to the band tradition in Indiana has been our All State Bands. Over time the Indiana All State Band has grown to include an All State Band, All State Honors Band, and now a Junior All State Band. The level of performance from these groups has made Indiana a very desirable conducting opportunity for our nation’s best conductors. This year’s slate of conductors is amazing! The Junior All State Band will be conducted by Dr. Mark Spede from Clemson University. The All State Band will welcome Dr. Scott Boerma from Western Michigan University and the All State Honor Band will be conducted by Michael Colburn from Butler University. Thank you Candi Granlund and Rob Shaver for your leadership of the Junior All State Band. Thanks also to our friends at Purdue University for hosting. The experience for our band members and directors at Purdue is positive in every way.
It is very exciting that Rick Granlund is rejoining the IBA board as Vice-President. Sadly Jeff Doebler is now rotating off the IBA board. Thank you Jeff for your service, guidance and leadership. IBA has prospered as a result of your work with us. Glenn Northern will now serve as our Past President. District I is represented by Chad Brinkman from Fegley MS in Portage and David Elliott from Elkhart Central HS. District II is represented by Katy Briel from Clark-Pleasant MS in Whiteland and John Cook from Richmond HS. Joshua Miller from North Clay MS in Brazil and Adam Miller from Jeffersonville HS. will represent District III on the IBA Board of Directors. Thankfully, Myron Snuffin will again serve as the IBA Secretary/Treasurer.
All Region Band and All District Band registration is now open. Start assessing your students. Katy Briel is the chairperson of the All Region Band Festival and Adam Miller is the chairperson of the All District Band Festival.
I am always amazed by the great things band directors do for kids each year. It is my hope that all of our rehearsals remain student centered and productive. Please make an effort to advocate for your program and profession. Above all, try to find time for your personal rituals of kindness. Those are the joys that keep us grounded.