• 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 beginning band directors with mentors.



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

  • IBA magazine

    Iowa Bandmaster Magazine

    Published quarterly

Ross Leeper

Sadly, we have been notified that our friend and colleague, Ross Leeper, passed away suddenly yesterday (Thursday, April 11) afternoon.  What a wonderful teacher in our Iowa band world.

Details of a memorial service and an obituary will be posted as soon as possible.  Let us keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Jane Triplett, IBA President     


Services for Ross Allen Leeper, 85, will be held 10:30 am on Tuesday April 16 2019 at the Indianola First United Methodist Church with burial following in the Penn Center Cemetery, Earlham, Iowa.

Obituary information can be found here https://www.overtonfunerals.com/obituary/ross-leeper

Visitation will be held Monday April 15th from 4 to 8 pm at the Overton Funeral Home with family present from 6 to 8 pm. Memorials may be given to the American School Band Directors Association Education Foundation Inc.



2019 Award Winners, President-elect Announced

The 2019 IBA  Elections have been tabulated with the  following  results:

President-elect:     Chris Strohmaier

Karl L. King Distinguished Service Award -  Active:   Robert Meunier

Karl L. King Distinguished Service Award - Retired:   Bard Mackey

Dick Redman was confirmed to a three year term as IBA Magazine Editor


Congratulations to the President-elect and the King Service Award recipients.

Jerry Bertrand

IBA Elections Chair

Conference Credit now available for Registration

Looking for  a way to gain re-licensure credits? Want to move up on the salary scale? Check out the professional development opportunities for the conference. Click here Conference Credit information.

AEA PD ONLINE – Building your Instrumental Music Program 2019

Registration Deadline May 10, 2019

Available for 1 Graduate or License Renewal credit

AEA PD Online Activity Number - 168821

10 hours logged time at conference; post conference online class.The activity objectives, requirements and syllabus are listed on the AEA PD Online page.

This professional development opportunity is a combination of an online course and attendance at the Iowa Bandmasters conference.

Register through the AEA PD Online website.

The conference credit opportunities are now open for registration.

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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IBA Member Dues Increase

At the November 17, 2018 IBA business meeting, a proposal to raise dues by $10.00 for each membership class was approved by the membership. The dues amounts for the 2019-2020 membership year are as follows: Active - $75.00; Associate - $45.00; Retired - $30.00, and Student $20.00. 
Since a significant number of our members pay their “Next Year’s Dues” on the Conference Pre-Registration form, the IBA Board of Directors wanted to get this notice out in advance of the receipt of the conference registration materials. The Conference Registration fee for this year’s conference will be $50.00 if paid prior to April 15, 2019, and $60.00 thereafter.

92nd Annual IBA Conference

May 8 - 11, 2019

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309