Register for the IBA Conference

Please use your member id # found on print materials from IBA.

IBA Election - Online Voting Open Now

The IBA election for President-elect  will  take  place online,  March 15- April 1st.   Paper ballots were mailed to  those  who do not have email  addresses.  

Online voting email invitations were sent March 15th. Use the link in the email for a direct connection to voting.

Jerry Bertrand, IBA Elections Chair
Online Voting - Election FAQ's

You must be a current PAID active or retired member to be eligible to vote.

You can check your membership status online. You must login to see the membership directory. When logging into the website remember to use your member ID or the email that is listed in the membership directory. This will link your membership data.

Once you login you will see more choices in the Users menu. Click on Online Elections. 

Please log into the site to make sure you are connecting to your current membership information. If you believe you are a current member...PLEASE do not create a new account.  Instead, email Liz Fritz or Steve Cook

If you cannot access your account please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are not sure you are a current member, check with Steve Cook This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is also vital to check your current IBA email. This is especially important if you have moved to a new school or recently retired. When it comes time for the vote, you should also check your spam/junk mail folder as this email is coming from a new delivery point in our system, different than our eNewsletter. 

Liz Fritz
IBA Webmaster

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 2018

Registration Deadline May 10, 2018

Available for 1 Graduate or License Renewal credit

AEA PD Online Activity Number - 22044499991801

15 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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2018 Conference Honor Band Selected

The IBA is pleased to announce the following schools have accepted invitations to perform at the 91st Annual IBA Conference.

  • Center Point-Urbana 6th grade, Dan & Dorothy Jacobi

  • South Hamilton Middle School, Alexa Gibbs

  • Oak Ridge Middle School, Brett Dupree

  • Nashua-Plainfield High School, Scott Stroud

  • Monticello High School, Mike Kowbel

  • Grinnell High School, Levi Dressler

  • Cedar Falls High School Jazz Band, Kyle Engelhardt 

  • Linn-Mar High School, Aaron Nuss                                                                                              

We look forward to hearing these inspiring performances in Des Moines, May 10-12, 2018.

Best wishes to everyone for continued success this year.  Now more than ever, the work being done in band rooms across Iowa is very important in the lives our students and for our society.

Continue to bring music's power of healing and wellness to your students and communities.  It makes a difference.


Myron Peterson


Mark Kelly - IBA Lifetime Member passes

MArk KellyIowa native Mark S. Kelly, who led the bands of Bowling Green State University on the football field and concert stage for nearly 28 years, died Monday in assisted living at Brookdale Bowling Green. He was 91.

He was born Aug. 19, 1926, in Centerville, Iowa, to Lulu and Frank Kelly, and was a 1944 graduate of Centerville High School. He played clarinet in the school bands - which he later led as a teacher at the school for 13 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific Theater. He had stints directing bands at the University of Iowa, from which he had bachelor's and master's degrees.

You may see his detailed obituary at this link.

New Arts Standards resources on DE Website

Greetings Fine Arts Educators!
We have updated our Department of Education to reflect Iowa's Fine Arts Standards, which were approved and adopted by the State Board of Education on November 15th.  All standards are listed, as well as our guidance document and an unpacked standard example.  Additional resources are forthcoming.  Please visit:

Thank you!

Angela Matsuoka
Fine Arts Consultant
Iowa Department of Education
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 782-7296
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91st Annual IBA Conference

May 9 - 12, 2018

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309