• 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

Register for the IBA Conference

Please use your member id # found on print materials from IBA.

Online Conference Registration is Open

The conference registration portal is now open and ready for your use. Click on the big red button on the top of the page.

Reduced rates before April 15th!

Before you register, make sure you have your member ID for logging in to the site. You can find this information on any printed IBA materials, such as the magazine you just received in the mail this past week.

If you have issues with your login information (such as password) please contact Liz Fritz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have issues about your membership please contact Steve Cook, IBA Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

***Things to remember about online conference registration

Everyone has a member ID, this connects to your membership information. Do Not create a new account as this will make you pay dues again.

College Students - do not create a new account when you start teaching, you already have a member ID.

If you cannot change your password because an email is incorrect, do not create a new account. Contact Liz Fritz and she will reset your password for you.

If you have had a name change, do not create a new account, we will help you update your information.

Please contact Steve or Liz if you think you need to have account updates, cannot login, have membership dues not showing.

When you create new accounts that are not needed it creates work for at least three people (Steve, Aaron and Liz) to get the data corrected, and sometimes our web support person too!

Other things to remember...

No AMEX Cards, you can print your online form and send a check or purchase order BEFORE April 15th.

Help us help you!


Steve Cook, Liz Fritz and Aaron Nuss

Honor Bands Selected for 2017 Conference

Congratulations to the following groups that were selected to perform during our 90th annual conference this May.

Harlan 6th Grade Band, Ryan Meyer
Sheldon Middle School Band, Jeana M. Larson
South East Junior High Band, Bill Pringle
Clarinda High School Band, Courtney Sommer
Williamsburg High School Band, Stephanie Williamson
Valley High School Jazz Orchestra, Greg Simmons
Southeast Polk High School, Jacquelyn Meunier

Congratulations also go out to all of the groups and directors that submitted recordings for consideration.  The growth from the process has made every group involved better, I am sure.  I am grateful for all of the groups willing to throw their hat in the ring by applying and wish everyone a great spring!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the conference May 11-13, 2017.

Russ Kramer, IBA President

Information on ESSA meetings from IAAE

Below is an email from Ryan Wise (head of the Iowa Department of Education)  about the January meetings across the state concerning the draft of the Iowa ESSA plan.  The draft will be released on January 6th.  In December, IAAE was invited to a meeting with Dr. Wise to discuss the "well-rounded education" aspects of ESSA and arts education. We hope you can take advantage of these opportunities to represent the arts.
Leon Kuehner, IAAE Executive Director

Dear Colleagues,

We are gearing up for January information sessions to share Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act draft plan, and I need your help getting the word out. The Department will release the draft plan on Friday, January 6. The statewide public meetings will then run from January 9-19, with a format that is informational – we will present details about the plan, field questions and take input.

The dates and locations of those public meetings are included below. All meetings begin at 5 p.m. We’ll also plan to have a Zoom link for each meeting so that folks may listen remotely.

I appreciate anything you can do to help us spread the word (via email, social media, website, etc.) about the draft plan and information sessions.

Please note that some days have more than one meeting site. See you in January! 

Click continue reading to see the dates of meetings. Some updated dates due to recent weather. Zoom webinar links are included also.

IBA Run-off Election for President Elect - Online Voting

The  IBA  runoff  elections  will  take  place on line  Feb. 15-24.   Paper ballots will  be  mailed  to  those  who do not have email  addresses.   Those  members  with email  addresses  who  want to vote  with  a  paper  ballot  must submit  a  request  to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    By  Monday  Feb. 6

Jerry Bertrand
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Buena Vista University
610 W 4th
Storm Lake, IA 50588

We will also be voting on possible mission statements. Look for your online voting email that will be sent on February 15th.

Magazine Deadline approaching

A reminder that the due date for the IBA magazine district news is fast approaching – Fri, Jan. 6.  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.

    3. Mail - send your concert information to:
                      Elaine Menke
                      1130 Rolling Hills Ct
                      Norwalk, Iowa  50211

90th Annual IBA Conference

May 10 - 13, 2017

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309