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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!

  • Mentoring

    We participate in the IAAE Arts Mentor Program serving over 50 first and second year band directors each year.



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

  • IBA magazine

    Iowa Bandmaster Magazine

    Published quarterly

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Final Election - Online Voting Open Now

The  final 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 today,  March 15th. Use the link in the email for a direct connection to voting.

Jerry Bertrand, IBA Elections Chair
Online Voting - Final 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 me at 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 this eNewsletter. 

Liz Fritz
IBA Webmaster

Conference Credit now available for Registration

The conference credit opportunities are now open for registration. Click here Conference Credit.

If there is a waitlist, please still register. We will work to make sure all who wish to receive credit have the opportunity.

Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online Conference Registration is Open

The conference registration portal is now open and ready for your use. Click on the big red button on the top of the page.

Reduced rates before April 15th!

Before you register, make sure you have your member ID for logging in to the site. You can find this information on any printed IBA materials, such as the magazine you just received in the mail this past week.

If you have issues with your login information (such as password) please contact Liz Fritz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have issues about your membership please contact Steve Cook, IBA Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

***Things to remember about online conference registration

Everyone has a member ID, this connects to your membership information. Do Not create a new account as this will make you pay dues again.

College Students - do not create a new account when you start teaching, you already have a member ID.

If you cannot change your password because an email is incorrect, do not create a new account. Contact Liz Fritz and she will reset your password for you.

If you have had a name change, do not create a new account, we will help you update your information.

Please contact Steve or Liz if you think you need to have account updates, cannot login, have membership dues not showing.

When you create new accounts that are not needed it creates work for at least three people (Steve, Aaron and Liz) to get the data corrected, and sometimes our web support person too!

Other things to remember...

No AMEX Cards, you can print your online form and send a check or purchase order BEFORE April 15th.

Help us help you!


Steve Cook, Liz Fritz and Aaron Nuss

Magazine Deadline March 3rd - Submit Concert Repertoire

A reminder that the due date for the spring IBA magazine district news is fast approaching – Fri, March 3.  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

Honor Bands Selected for 2017 Conference

Congratulations to the following groups that were selected to perform during our 90th annual conference this May.

Harlan 6th Grade Band, Ryan Meyer
Sheldon Middle School Band, Jeana M. Larson
South East Junior High Band, Bill Pringle
Clarinda High School Band, Courtney Sommer
Williamsburg High School Band, Stephanie Williamson
Valley High School Jazz Orchestra, Greg Simmons
Southeast Polk High School, Jacquelyn Meunier

Congratulations also go out to all of the groups and directors that submitted recordings for consideration.  The growth from the process has made every group involved better, I am sure.  I am grateful for all of the groups willing to throw their hat in the ring by applying and wish everyone a great spring!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the conference May 11-13, 2017.

Russ Kramer, IBA President

90th Annual IBA Conference

May 10 - 13, 2017

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309