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    Iowa Bandmasters Conference

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IBA Magazine deadline, share your concert programs

The due date for the IBA magazine district news was Oct. 5.  I apologize for not sending out a reminder sooner but will still accept your concert information through this weekend!  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
 

Russ Phillips, Founder of Des Moines Big Band passes

Russel Alan Phillips passed away on October 6, 2018 at the age of 83. 

Russ was born on October 4, 1935 and raised in Kossuth County in Iowa and graduated from LuVerne High School in 1953. Russ earned his Bachelor of Music Education (1962) and Masters of Music Education (1972) degrees from Drake University. In 1960,  he formed a jazz band sponsored by the Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity at Drake University.  This jazz band became known as the Des Moines Big Band. 

Read more about Russ at his obituary below.

https://www.harrisburgfc.com/notices/Russell-Phillips

IBA Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled

The IBA Board of Directors will be meeting on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:30 am.  The meeting will take place via Zoom Conference Services.  Agenda items include a funding request for the All Iowa Concert Band Festival.

Steven Cook, I.B.A. Secretary

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Orchestra 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition

The wcfsymphony is accepting applications from musicians in grades eight through twelve throughout Iowa to compete in the wcfsymphony Young Artist Concerto Competition on Sunday, February 17, 2019.  The competition will be held in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Students of piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion in grades eight through twelve are encouraged to participate.


Cash prizes of $400 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place will be offered. The first place winner may perform with the wcfsymphony on March 23, 2019. Deadline for applications must be postmarked no later than January 17, 2019.

The Young Artist Concerto Competition is chaired by Jo R. H. Capoccioni. Information and application forms are available online at wcfsymphony.org under EDUCATION. More information is also available by contacting Jo R. Capoccioni at 319-215-5885 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Karl King Award Winners Announced

The IBA Board of Directors had an ongoing discussion regarding the announcing of the Karl King Active and Retired recipients at the same time as the President Elect results are announced.  This new procedure will start next year.

In an effort to honor the spirit of that decision right away, we are pleased to announce this year’s Karl King recipients are:

David Law – Karl King Retired

David Lang – Karl King Active

Mr. Law and Mr. Lang will be recognized at the IBA Banquet on May 11, 2018.  Banquet tickets are available at the registration booth until Friday morning, May 11, 2018.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Law and Mr. Lang for their tireless efforts promoting excellence in bands.

92nd Annual IBA Conference

May 8 - 11, 2019

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309