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    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!

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    We participate in the IAAE Arts Mentor Program serving over 50 first and second year band directors each year.

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    IBARD

    Our retired directors are active participants in our organization... Providing mentoring and leadership.

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Election Results - IBA President-Elect

Jane TriplettThe results of  the  2017  IBA   General  Election for President-Elect:

Congratulations  to  President-elect  Jane  Triplett

The  Distinguished  Service  Awards  for  Karl  King  Active and  Retired  will be announced  at  the  2017  IBA  Banquet on  Friday May 12.

The slate of candidates for  president-elect and the Distinguished  Service  Awards were outstanding!

Jerry Bertrand

IBA  Elections Chair

Conference Credit now available for Registration

The conference credit opportunities are now open for registration. Click here Conference Credit.

If there is a waitlist, please still register. We will work to make sure all who wish to receive credit have the opportunity.

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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.

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

91st Annual IBA Conference

May 9 - 12, 2018

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309