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
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.
Hello Arts Advocates:
I am pleased to announce the 4th annual Arts Advocacy Day will be held at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. There are many new legislators and leadership changes in the 2017 legislature so the need to advocate for arts education is more important than ever. This year we will be joined by Turnaround Artist John Lloyd Young, Tony Award winning actor from "Jersey Boys".
The schedule will be similar to past years:
8:00 a.m. Orientation for advocates at State Capitol
8:30 a.m. Attendance at opening of Iowa House (music by Findley Elementary Choir)
9:00 a.m. Attendance at opening of Iowa Senate (music by Findley Elementary Choir)
9:15- Noon: Visits to Iowa legislators
Noon: Lunch served at State Capitol: Awards presentation to Senator Herman Quirmbach and Rep; Greg Forristall. Performance by student break dancers from Des Moines who performed at the White House this past spring. Comments from John Lloyd Young.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. : Visits to assigned legislators (if needed) possible House & Senate Education Committee testimony
You may register by visiting the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education website:
http://www.iowaalliance4artsed.org and click on "Register for Arts Advocacy Day".
If you know if anyone else who would be interested in being an arts advocate, please pass this information on to them.
I will sending out final information on Advocacy Day early in January.
Thank you so much for your support of arts education in Iowa!
IAAE Executive Director
The 4th annual forum will be held at the new University of Iowa Voxman Music Building on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21, 2017.
The Iowa Band Conductors Forum is a professional development workshop designed for band directors featuring Mike Golemo, Bob Meunier, Ron Johnson, and Mark Heidel, clinicians. The Forum is available to conductors and teachers at all levels including middle/junior high school, high school, and college/university.
Session topics will include rehearsal techniques, repertoire, conducting, and more.
The Forum is offered at no cost to participants, but you are strongly encouraged to register so we can plan the Friday evening meal (complimentary).
The conducting workshop will be limited to 12 conductors, so be sure to indicate your interest on the online registration form.
If you have any questions, contact Dr. Mark Heidel at
Find more information online here.
Mike Golemo, Iowa State University
Mark Heidel, University of Iowa
Ronald Johnson, University of Northern Iowa
Robert Meunier, Drake University
This is a free professional development workshop, but please be sure to register using the online registration form.
The forum is made possible by the University of Iowa, Iowa Bandmasters Association and West Music.