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Frank Battisti Residency

Frank Battisti  is offering a 2-day conducting workshop for school band directors and music education majors.  The event will take place at Hoover High School on Nov. 6 & 7 (see schedule below).  There is no cost to participate or observe.  As you'll see below, there needs to be an ensemble for 2 of the sessions (Friday, Nov. 6 from 4-5:30pm and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you can play on either/or both days, please email Mitch Lutch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location - Hoover High School, Des Moines, IA

Rehearsal Approach for the School Band Director, Frank L. Battisti, clinician

Friday, Nov. 6:  4:00pm-5:30pm
Introductory comments and Conducting Masterclass with Frank Battisti to include three school band directors and/or music education majors. conduct/rehearse 10-15 minutes each:  Read through; Rehearse for 5-6 minutes; read through, followed by the evaluation.  The conducting will be video recorded followed by immediate evaluation with the recording projected onto a screen.

Suggested repertoire to choose from:
A movement from either Holst Suites, Down A Country Lane, Irish Tune, Air for Band, Toccata for Band, Pageant*

Dinner provided

Score study: Down a Country Lane - scores provided


The rehearsal and rehearsing

Saturday, Nov. 7
9:00am-12:00pm   with a break
10-15 min. minute conducting sessions with FLB critique for the first 12 teachers/music education majors who register; all others invited to observe, play, ask questions etc:  For this conducting session, the works listed above plus Folk Song Suite,  Suite  of Old American Dances, Suite Francaise, Amazing Grace, Shenandoah, Simple Gifts/Ticheli (if you prefer a different piece, email that preference to Mitch Lutch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Lunch [SUBWAY delivered]

Questions for Frank, submitted ahead of time, on any music education topics (including but certainly not limited to: How Best to Maintain a Balanced Professional and Personal life).
Wrap-up: what worked well with this clinic? What would you like to see added/changed?  Would you attend a similar clinic next year?

Contact Mitch Lutch by Oct. 25 if you will be attending the clinic, would like to play in the clinic band, and if you want to be one of the conducting participants - and if so, what piece: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   641 204-9222.

I hope you'll be able to attend!

Musically yours,


Mitchell B. Lutch, DMA
Director of Bands
Associate Professor of Music
Central College
812 University St.
Pella, IA 50219
(641) 204-9222

Magazine Deadline Approaching

A reminder that the due date for the IBA magazine district news is fast approaching – Fri, Oct. 2.  This is your opportunity to share what you have recently performed with fellow directors.

Please include ALL this information:
    1.   district (NE, SC, etc.)
    2.   school name
    3.   concert date
    4.   director(s) name(s)
    5.   groups performed
    6.   titles and composers

3 ways to submit information:
    1. Online submission form  https://www.bandmasters.org/district-news-submission-form  
    2. E-mail -  either attaching your document (PDF and Word documents work best).  Copying the information directly into your e-mail also works.
    3. Mail - send your concert information to:
                      Elaine Menke
                      1130 Rolling Hills Ct
                      Norwalk, Iowa  50211

Online Membership Dues for Renewal/Join Now Closed

Thanks to everyone who has completed online membership by September 15th. We will now be closing the access for paying online for a couple weeks. You can still pay membership dues by sending in your membership card by regular mail.

Steve Cook, IBA Secretary


The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition attracts top student musicians from across Iowa. This year’s competition will take place on Sunday, January 24, 2016 in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

Cash prizes of $400 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place will be offered. Piano, string, woodwind, brass and percussion students in grades 8 through 12 are eligible to participate in the competition (applicants must be Iowa residents). The first place winner may perform with wcfsymphony on April 5, 2016 at the discretion of Artistic Director Jason Weinberger.

Download the competition guidelines and application form (both pdf). Deadline for applications is December 22, 2015.

Prizes are made possible by the generosity of Friends of wcfsymphony.

Dues Deadline September 15th

Reminder that dues need to be paid by September 15th to be in the printed directory. The online membership directory should reflect current members as of September 7th. Questions? contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember, you must log in to the IBA website to view the membership directory. Do Not create a new user! Use your membership ID # (can be found on all printed IBA material)

89th Annual IBA Conference

May 11 - 14, 2016

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309