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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!

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Fine Arts Summit happening in June, Focus on Standards

June 20, 2019
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
FFA Enrichment Center
Des Moines Area Community College
1055 S.W. Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny
Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit
set for June 20 in Ankeny, IA
Arts educators, teaching artists and others can register beginning April 1
DES MOINES – What role do the arts play in 21st-century education? How do the Iowa Fine Arts Standards support a "well-rounded" education for all Iowa students?
Those questions will be answered during the inaugural Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit this summer in Ankeny, where fine arts educators, administrators, nonprofit arts leaders and teaching artists from across the state will gather for a day of networking, learning and celebration while hearing from leading state and national voices. Early-bird registration begins April 1.
"Every day, arts educators all across Iowa go above and beyond to help students develop skills they need for future success," Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer said. "This summit is specifically geared to help educators refine their skills in understanding Iowa's new fine arts standards and how to implement them in the classroom."
Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education in association with the Iowa Arts Council, as well as the Iowa Alliance for Education and Des Moines Area Community College, the summit marks the first time a professional learning event will feature all five of the Iowa Fine Arts Standards' disciplines – dance, media arts, music, theater and visual arts. Attendees will attend breakout sessions that focus on the standards, school-community partnerships and other topics. Teachers will also be able to network with peers and colleagues, discuss curriculum and best practices and earn a license renewal or graduate credit.
The keynote speaker will be Olivia Gude, the chair of art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as a professor emerita at the University of Illinois of Chicago. She has created many award-winning collaborative mural and mosaic projects and is the author of the Americans for the Arts white paper “Intertwining Practices of Public Art and Art Education.”
Her educational research focuses on generating new projects and paradigms for art education in school and community settings. In 2009, she received the National Art Education Association's Viktor Lowenfeld Award for significant contributions to the field of art education and, in 2014, she received the organization's Manuel Barkan “article of the year” award.
If you go:
What: Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit
Where: FFA Enrichment Center, Des Moines Area Community College, 1055 S.W. Prairie Trail Parkway in Ankeny
When: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20
Registration: Early-bird registration is $25 April 1-30. Regular registration is $35 from May 1 through June 17.
The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. More information is available at iowaculture.gov or 515-281-5111.

Conference Equipment for Sale

We are very fortunate to have a fantastic partnership with Percussion Source, who has graciously provided us two full sets of percussion this year for the IBA Conference. We'd love to see lots of this demo gear sold for them.

Nate Sletten, IBA Equipment Co-Chair

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Lauren Calkin, Director of Customer Relations - Percussion Source - A Division Of West Music

1212 5th Street

Coralville, IA 52241

(866) 849-4387 ext. 1340


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.

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

2019 Conference Honor Bands Announced

Recently, the IBA convened listening panels made up of elementary, junior high, and high school directors from every IBA district to select through blind audition the 2019 Conference Honor Ensembles. The bands selected to perform are listed below.
Please join the IBA Board in congratulating the following selected bands: 
1A Concert Band
Northwood-Kensett High School Concert Band
Jared Barnes, Director
2A Concert Band
South Hamilton High School Concert Band
Alexa Gibbs, Director
3A Concert Band
Winterset High School Wind Ensemble
Lucas Petersen, Director
4A Concert Band
Iowa City High School Wind Ensemble
Myron McReynolds, Director
Elem/Beginning Concert Band
Prairie Creek Intermediate 6th Grade SOAR Band
Wendy Morton, Director
High School Jazz Band
Iowa City High School Jazz Ensemble
Aaron Ottmar, Director
Junior High/Middle School Jazz Band
Northwest Junior High (Iowa City) NW 8th Grade Jazz Band
Kevin Brown, Director
Junior High/Middle School Concert Band (1A-2A Feeder)
Williamsburg Junior High School Band
Tom Landeros, Director
Junior High/Middle School Concert Band (3A-4A Feeder)
Peet Junior High (Cedar Falls) 8th Grade Concert Band
Ben Byersdorfer, Director

92nd Annual IBA Conference

May 8 - 11, 2019

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309