Request for survey participation

Dear Directors:  


My name is Vicki Tam-Anderson, a middle school band director in Minnesota currently working on a master’s thesis at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  This thesis looks at the experiences of female band directors and how they balance their personal life with their career.  In particular, I am investigating the impacts the responsibilities of teaching secondary level band have on a female band director’s personal life decisions as well as the relationships between a female band director’s family life and their professional choices and goals.   


A portion of my research into this subject involves surveying female band directors at the secondary level.  As a current secondary-level band director, you are invited to participate in an important survey regarding the experiences of female band directors and how they balance their personal life with their career.  This research is being conducted as part of a graduate thesis through the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  


This link will take you to the survey and the survey should take about 15 minutes of your time:


Your input is greatly valued as an educator and as a woman, and I hope that you take time to complete the survey. Your answers will be held in the strictest confidence. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the research.  



Victoria Tam-Anderson  

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota  

Watertown-Mayer Middle School Bands, Watertown, Minnesota  

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Dr. Karen Howard 

Thesis Advisor  

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota 

Richard Goettsch passes

Longtime Webster City Middle School band director Richard Goettsch passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016. He was 81. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Foster Funeral and Cremation Center in Webster City. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Webster City. 

Here is the link to the online obituary.

Support for funding Military Bands


By now you probably have seen or heard about the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the defunding of all non-base related performances by our fine military bands. This has been all over Facebook and Twitter during the past weekend.

Amendment 48 to H.R. 5293, the 2017 Defense Appropriations Act, was passed by voice vote on Thursday. It now goes to the Senate. This amendment would severely curtail the missions of every military musical unit, effectively eliminating concerts, parades, and any other event not directly in support of a military ceremony on a military base. This would include performances at universities and conferences such as the Midwest Clinic, ABA, CBDNA and IBA.

Sign petition here


IBA Mission Survey - Input needed

Dear IBA members,

As published in the Summer Magazine, the IBA is undertaking a process of reflection and study on its mission this year - and your help is essential in the success of this project.  The richest outcome will result from all members contributing to the process along the way.  In the opening phase, the IBA asks all members to offer insights to a few questions on the form linked below.  For a full explanation of the process, please read the “President Elect’s Thoughts” in the Summer Magazine recently published and attached here

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Members are welcome to visit - and revisit - this form as often as desired through August 21, 2016.

Your thoughtful contributions are appreciated and the resulting knowledgeable will be made available later this fall.

Myron Peterson, IBA President-elect
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90th Annual IBA Conference

May 10 - 13, 2017

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309