• 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

April 15th Last Day to Pre-Register

87th Annual IBA Conference
May 15 - 17, 2014
Des Moines Marriott Downtown

Don't wait in line this year!!
Register now! Before the price goes up!

Mailed pre-registrations must be postmarked today or will be returned.

Iowa Band Days


On Monday, March 31st a resolution designating May 9-10 as Iowa Band Days was introduced in the Iowa House of Representative.  The resolution, recognizing the importance of instrumental music in the school curriculum, was introduced by Scott Ourth, state representative for House District 26, and was voted on by the House at 1:00 p.m. in the House. All band directors and school band members are invited and encouraged to adopt this resolution. You may find a copy at the end of this article.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Ross Leeper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 515-961-3853.

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CMP Summer Workshop

On-line registration is now available for Drake University's Comprehensive Musicianship Project (CMP) course, which will be offered June 24-27.  CMP brings K-12 band, chorus, orchestra, and general music teachers together for a four-day workshop that consists of demonstration rehearsals and classes, presentations, and small group discussion, as well as substantial time devoted by each participant to the formulation of a teaching plan usable in the coming school year.

CMP is a planning process, not a curriculum.  The CMP model (music selection, analysis, outcomes, strategies, assessment) aligns perfectly with the Iowa Core, which schools throughout the state are mandated to implement.  Our CMP team can guide you with concrete ways of thinking and planning that insure inclusion of the Iowa Core concepts in your music classes and performing ensembles.

Magazine Deadline Friday

A reminder that the due date for the IBA magazine district news is fast approaching – Fri, Mar. 7.  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

NEW - 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

87th Annual IBA Conference

May 15 - 17, 2014

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309