• 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

Support for Blind Musicians

Do you have blind students in your school district who are old enough for band this year or next? Most band instructors won't know what to do about braille music for their student and Iowa does not have an education plan to help. Often, blind students are taught by rote and by ear instead of being taught to read braille music. That method may have some initial success, but it does not last long because the student is never able to be musically independent, so they give up.

A better solution is to give the gift of music reading to blind students through braille music notation.

Frank Battisti Residency








Frank Battisti  is offering a 2-day conducting workshop for school band directors and music education majors.  The event will take place at Hoover High School on Nov. 6 & 7 (see schedule below).  There is no cost to participate or observe.  As you'll see below, there needs to be an ensemble for 2 of the sessions (Friday, Nov. 6 from 4-5:30pm and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you can play on either/or both days, please email Mitch Lutch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location - Hoover High School, Des Moines, IA

Rehearsal Approach for the School Band Director, Frank L. Battisti, clinician


The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition attracts top student musicians from across Iowa. This year’s competition will take place on Sunday, January 24, 2016 in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

Magazine Deadline Approaching

A reminder that the due date for the IBA magazine district news is fast approaching – Fri, Oct. 2.  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

Online Membership Dues for Renewal/Join Now Closed

Thanks to everyone who has completed online membership by September 15th. We will now be closing the access for paying online for a couple weeks. You can still pay membership dues by sending in your membership card by regular mail.

Steve Cook, IBA Secretary

89th Annual IBA Conference

May 11 - 14, 2016

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309