• IBA Conference performance

    Iowa Bandmasters Conference

    Our annual conference provides an outstanding professional learning opportunity... A great time to connect and network with colleagues and hear some wonderful music!

  • Mentoring

    We participate in the IAAE Arts Mentor Program serving over 50 first and second year band directors each year.

  • IBARD

    IBARD

    Our retired directors are active participants in our organization... Providing mentoring and leadership.

  • IBA magazine

    Iowa Bandmaster Magazine

    Published quarterly

IBA Fall Meeting in Ames November 18th

Please note the upcoming IBA business meeting in Ames (in conjunction with the IMEA Conference and All-State Music Festival).

The time for the meeting has changed from earlier published times.

The NEW meeting time is:
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
IBA Business Meeting: 4:00 p.m.
Scheman Building: Room 4

If you have an agenda item, please send it to me by Nov. 14, 2017.

Take care of yourselves, each other, and share the healing power of music generously.  It makes a difference.

 
See you soon!
Myron Peterson

2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition

The wcfsymphony is accepting applications from musicians in grades eight through twelve throughout Iowa to compete in the wcfsymphony Young Artist Concerto Competition on Sunday, February 4, 2018.  The competition will be held in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Students of piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion in grades eight through twelve are encouraged to participate.

Cash prizes of $400 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third
place will be offered. The first place winner may perform with the wcfsymphony on March 29, 2018. Deadline for applications must be postmarked no later than January 4, 2018.

The Young Artist Concerto Competition is chaired by Jo R. H. Capoccioni. Information and application forms are available online at wcfsymphony.org under EDUCATION.  More information is also available by contacting Jo R. Capoccioni at 319-215-5885 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mentor Program Fundraising - DONATE NOW

From Myron Peterson, IBA President
 
Mentorship is one of 4 key tenants of IBA’s mission to promote excellence in bands.  The IAAE Mentorship program (for which IAAE and IBA are interdependent upon each other to execute) is the core of how IBA works towards that mission.
 
IBA has financially supported this program, and we hope members and districts will consider chipping in a little, too. (or a lot.... don’t let me hold you back!)
 
Be sure to earmark contributions specifically towards IAAE’s mentoring program.

From Leon Kuehner, IAAE Executive Director

Just a quick not to update you on the IAAE $25,000 in 25 Days Fund Drive.  As of October 12, we have raised $9,170 from 75 donors.   This is a great accomplishment and I know we can reach our goal. In the past 5 years, the IAAE mentor program has funded 1,076 mentor visits to beginning music & art teachers in 410 schools in our state.  The grant has also provided over 250 scholarships for beginning teachers to attend the IMEA, ICDA, IBA and AEI conferences.  We are hoping we can match the $25,000 from the Iowa legislature so this program can continue.  

WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!  CLICK BELOW TO SAVE THE IAAE MENTOR PROGRAM!

  •  https://iowaalliance4artsed.org/
  •  Givelify.com - download app - search for "Iowa Alliance for Arts Education" near "Cedar Falls, Iowa" under the "charities" tab - participate in the "Save the Mentor Program" campaign
  • Send a check to (indicate Mentorship Fundraiser in the memo):


Martha Kroese, IAAE Treasurer
2102 Minnetonka Dr.
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-1520

Magazine Deadline October 6th

A reminder that the due date for the IBA magazine district news is fast approaching – Fri, Oct. 6 (I will accept information through the weekend). This is your opportunity to share what you have recently performed with fellow directors.
 
Please include ALL this information:
    1.   district (NE, SC, etc.)
    2.   school name
    3.   concert date
    4.   director(s) name(s)
    5.   groups performed
    6.   titles and composers
 
2 ways to submit information:
    1. Online submission form  https://www.bandmasters.org/district-news-submission-form  
    2. E-mail -  either attaching your document (PDF and Word documents work best).  Copying the information directly into your e-mail also works.

91st Annual IBA Conference

May 9 - 12, 2018

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309