• 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.



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

  • IBA magazine

    Iowa Bandmaster Magazine

    Published quarterly

Young Conductors Wanted for IBA Conducting Clinic

We are seeking four young conductors who are willing to work with IBA clinician Joseph Hermann at our upcoming conference.  These will be 20-minute public conducting sessions, conducting a concert band that we will provide.
This is a valuable opportunity for a young conductor to work with a superb conducting clinician, in front of an outstanding concert band.
If you are interested, please contact Mike Golemo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, February 12.

Bands Selected for IBA Conference Performance

These bands were recently selected to perform at the 2016 IBA Conference.  Congratulations to these ensembles, and thank you to all who submitted applications.

4A – Ames High School  – Chris Ewan, director

3A – None selected

2A – Sheldon High School – Cliff St. Clair, director

1A – Springville High School – Jennifer Adams, director

Middle School 4A/3A – Northwest Junior H.S. – Jane Triplett and Kevin Brown, directors

Middle School 2A/1A – Clarinda Community School – Marty Aldrich, director

Elementary – Excelsior Middle School – Steve King, director

Jazz – Johnston High School – Jeff Robilliard, director

Jazz – Southeast Junior H.S. – Bill Pringle, director

Cedar Rapids Jazz Big Band – Al Naylor, director

Eastern Iowa Brass Band – Alex Beamer, director

Graceland University – Erin Bodnar, director

Weston Noble Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Weston NObleIn honor of more than 50 years of outstanding service as a conductor and music educator, the Iowa High School Music Association has selected Weston Noble, Luther College class of 1943 and professor emeritus of music, to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Noble was presented with the award at the All-State Music Festival Concert, the final event of the 2015 All-State Music Festival, on Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is also awarded on behalf of the the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Music Educators Association, the Iowa Choral Directors Association and the Iowa String Teachers Association.

Noble served as conductor of the Luther College Nordic Choir from 1948-2005 and the Luther College Concert Band from 1948-1973. In addition to his 57-year tenure as a conductor and music educator at Luther, he has served as guest director for more than 900 all-state bands, orchestras, choirs and festivals across four continents. In recent years, he has conducted the Pacific Summer Music Festival of Guam, the Korea National Choir in Seoul, and the International Schools Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Noble's accomplishments in the fields of conducting and music education have been honored around the world. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Augustana University, St. Olaf College, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Carthage College and Wartburg College.

Noble was awarded the St. Olav's Medal by King Harald V of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian-American relations and was the first recipient of the Weston H. Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Choral Art from the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association.

Magazine Deadline approaching

A reminder that the due date for the IBA magazine district news is fast approaching – Friday, January 8th.  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
3 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. Send to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
    3. Mail - send your concert information to:
                      Elaine Menke
                      1130 Rolling Hills Ct
                      Norwalk, Iowa  50211


Online Voting System Test Ballot

We are testing our new IBA Online Voting System this week. The online voting system will have a fictional ballot for you to practice your vote. The system will automatically send an invitation email to all paid voting members. Voting members include paid Active, Retired and Life members.

Each voting member receives a unique link that can be used to vote one time. The link automatically logs you in to the IBA website and allows you to vote.

Please check your spam/junk mailbox as this is a new system email never before received. Add this email address to your contacts!

Once you have completed your vote there is a link to a feedback survey. We hope you will provide positive feedback about the process, as well as what could be improved.

Use this link to watch a video tutorial of the online voting system.

This practice vote will allow us to make any improvements or changes that are needed before our Spring 2016 Elections.

Thanks for your patience and support with this process.

Mike Golemo., IBA President

Jerry Bertrand, IBA Elections Chair

Steve Cook, IBA Secretary

Liz Fritz, IBA Webmaster


89th Annual IBA Conference

May 11 - 14, 2016

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309