• 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

Conference News

This year’s IBA Conference brings us many FANTASTIC clinic presentations and performances! There is something for everyone! In between taking some time to visit the exhibits, consider checking out some of the following highlights:


In Memoriam - Jim Coffin IBA Lifetime Member

April 9, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. — James A. Coffin, 84, of Anaheim, and a former resident of Indiana, passed away April 9, at home after a battle with a long-term illness.

HJim Coffine was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on Jan. 11, 1931.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Coffin; daughter Kimberly (Michael) Allard; sons Marc Coffin and Cris (Betty McLarney) Coffin; eight grandchildren, Jamison, Melysa, Zachary, Amanda, Kaleigh, Stevi, Cortnee and Emily; six great-grandchildren, Cayden, Jace, Avery, Carson, Mila and Noah; and extended family, including Billie Coffin.

Jim worked for Selmer of Elkhart, Ind., and he retired from Yamaha Drums in 1993. Jim had a huge impact on the music industry.

Jim’s celebration of life service will be Saturday, May 2, in Anaheim Hills.

Memorials may be sent to the James Coffin Visiting Artist Jazz Fund, University of Northern Iowa Foundation, Office of Financial Services, 121 Commons, Cedar Falls, IA 50614.




IBA Election Results

Russ Kramer - President-elect

The service awards will be announced at the banquet.

89th Annual IBA Conference

May 11 - 14, 2016

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309