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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 beginning band directors with mentors.



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

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    Iowa Bandmaster Magazine

    Published quarterly

David Twombly passes


     David Lee Twombley passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Iles Westover Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 13 at the funeral home. Interment will be at McDivitt Grove Cemetery, Urbandale.

David was born April 11, 1941 in Osceola, Iowa to Ardith Twombley and Edith (McComas) Twombley. He attended Clarke Community Schools and earned his BA and Masters in music from Drake University. David taught music in Anamosa, Iowa for 2 years, Murray, Iowa for 2 years and Clarke Community Schools for 30 years.

Find complete obituary here https://www.ilesfuneralhomes.com/obituary/David-Twombley/West-Des-Moines-Iowa/1825596

Passing of Dorothea Dean

Dear Members,

We are sad to inform you of the passing of Dorothea Dean early yesterday afternoon.  Her daughter, Susan, said that Dorothea had developed a fever and had difficulty breathing.  The hospice team kept her comfortable and Dorothea passed away with daughter Linda singing Christmas hymns to her.

Linda is submitting the obituary to the Des Moines Register.  The family requests that no flowers be sent, but that memorials may be made to:  
The Robert W. and Dorothea Dean Endowment Fund of the Iowa Bandmasters Association.

Dorothea and her husband Bob have been great supporters of IBA. Robert Dean was a successful high school band director in Spencer and Mason City, later moving to University of Northern Iowa working with music education students. He was a national champion of the power of music education. He was an IBA past-president and was inducted into the IBA Hall of Fame in 1995.

After her husband's death, she established the Robert Dean Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Dorothea and Robert Dean Endowed Visiting Artist/Scholars Series for the UNI School of Music.

Dorothea continued the work that she and Bob so passionately pursued by creating the The Robert W. and Dorothea Dean Endowment Fund of the Iowa Bandmasters Association and supporting and attending the IBA conference each year. Their legacy of support and influence will continue to live with us, through former students and colleagues in our profession.

Updated 12/8/18 For Correspondence:

To the Family of Dorothea Dean
% Linda Dean Geske
10557 E. Bowers Lake Rd
Whitewater, WI 53190

Arts Advocacy Day January 23, 2019

Sign-up to be an advocate for the Alliance!

Register at this link

The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education is sponsoring the annual Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.We are currently recruiting advocates to attend this event. Advocates will have the opportunity to speak to legislators on the importance of arts education in our state.

Advocacy Day will begin with a training session at 8:00 a.m., followed by the opening of Iowa House/Senate and visits to your assigned legislators. In the afternoon, there are will be IAAE presentations to the House & Senate Education Committees. If you would be willing to be an arts advocate, you can register by clicking the link above.

Final information on Arts Advocacy Day will be sent the first week of January. Please pass on this information to your friends & colleagues. Thank you so much for your support of arts education in our state!

Thank you so much for your support of arts education in Iowa!

Leon Kuehner  -  IAAE Executive Director

Conference Honor Band Reminders

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the process for submitting an application and subsequent recordings for consideration to perform at the IBA Conference will be entirely online.

The application expressing intent to apply is due by 11:59 PM December 7th, 2018. The application will be included in the fall magazine and available for download in the conference menu section of http://www.bandmasters.org. You must login to the the website with your member ID and password to see these links. This application must be completed, signed by the director and a school official, scanned into a PDF, and uploaded to the website.

Recording submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 PM January 16, 2019. By this second deadline, directors will upload each selection individually to the recording submission page also found in the conference menu section of bandmasters.org. You must login to the the website with your member ID and password to see these links.

We have revised the submission guidelines to accommodate online submission. Please read them carefully.


Conference Hotel Room Block

Book your group rate for Iowa Bandmasters Association 2019        

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Des Moines Marriott Downtown 133 USD - 133 USD per night

Iowa Bandmasters Association 2019
Start Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
End Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Last Day to Book: Wednesday, April 17, 2019


92nd Annual IBA Conference

May 8 - 11, 2019

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309