Letter from the President

Greetings to all!

I hope that everyone had a great time in getting back in school and  is enjoying a successful beginning to their spring semester.

The spring semester is a very busy time for our association.  We have quite a few upcoming items and activities in which I hope everyone will be able to involve themselves and their programs.
1.  Tennessee Bandmasters Association’s Hall of Fame.  
It is time to begin the process of nominations for the TBA Hall of Fame for our 2020 Convention.  The nominee must be a Band Director who spent most of their career as a master teacher in the state of Tennessee. 
To honor the GIANTS of our profession, please prepare the following items for those you wish to sponsor for this great honor:
1. Personal Bio of the potential inductee
2. Resume of the applicant’s body of work
3. Current photo, preferably a formal shot
Please submit your request to the TBA Hall of Fame Committee before March 20, 2020:
Michael Rosson and Jacob Campos have once again volunteered to chair the nominating committee for the TBA Hall of Fame.   If you have a nominee, please send to:
Jacob Campos: jacob.campos@wcs.edu
Michael Rosson: robert.rosson@wcs.edu

2.  Tennessee Bandmasters Association’s Honors Recital.

The Tennessee Bandmasters Association, in partnership with ETSBOA, MTSBOA, and WTSBOA, will recognize two outstanding soloists and one small-ensemble from each Region to encourage and support the study and performance of significant wind and percussion solo/ensemble literature.  Each Regional Association will solicit applicants from their member organizations selecting two soloists and one small ensemble to represent their Region at the state level. Those selected will perform at the upcoming Tennessee Bandmasters Honors Recital Concert to take place at the Tennessee Music Education Association State Conference.  Applicants must be a current 9th – 12th grade wind or percussion player and must meet all eligibility requirements as established by the local Regional Association. Supporting Band Directors must be a member of the Regional Association and TBA prior to the time of application.
Kristy White has once again generously volunteered to chair this wonderful event.  
We have 3 regional coordinators to assist Kristy in assembling the “lineup” for the honors concert.  Those individuals are:
West:  Barry Trobaugh  jtrobaugh@tipton-county.com
Middle:  Katie Nicholson  tatiana.nicholson@wcs.edu
East:  Brent Alverson  balverson@mccallie.org
Each of these regional coordinators work with a certain amount of autonomy in regards to setting their own dates, deadlines, etc.  Please stay in contact with them to make certain that regional deadlines are adhered to.

3.  TBA Sweepstakes Award.

Brock Cobb has once again volunteered to head the awards portion of our association.  
The Tennessee Bandmasters Association presents the Sweepstakes Award to TBA members whose bands have met the following criteria during the previous school year:  High School Bands: A Superior rating is required in marching,  concert and sightreading performance.  
Middle School Bands: Superior rating in concert and sight-reading performance; and 50% of the band’s enrollment must participate in the regional solo and ensemble festival, with 50% of those participating receiving a superior rating. 
A more complete description of the qualifying criteria can be found on our association webpage at:
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED, INCLUDING PRINCIPAL VERIFICATION, BY FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH, 2020 IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Joel Denton for all the work he did this past fall in sanctioning dozens of contests and adjudicators panels for our association.  He did a tremendous job!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Tennessee Music Education Association’s Professional Development Conference at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center on April 15-18, 2020.  I will be sending out more information about our spring meeting , the TBA Honors Recital, and the TBA Hall of Fame Concert featuring the Dobyns-Bennett High School Wind Symphony, all of which occur at the conference.
If I can help you, please don’t ever hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely
Ron Rogers, President
Tennessee Bandmasters Association

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