• IBA Conference performance

    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 beginning band directors with mentors.



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

  • IBA magazine

    Iowa Bandmaster Magazine

    Published quarterly

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

Conference Honor Band Reminders

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the process for submitting an application and subsequent recordings for consideration to perform at the IBA Conference will be entirely online.

The application expressing intent to apply is due by 11:59 PM December 7th, 2018. The application will be included in the fall magazine and available for download in the conference menu section of http://www.bandmasters.org. You must login to the the website with your member ID and password to see these links. This application must be completed, signed by the director and a school official, scanned into a PDF, and uploaded to the website.

Recording submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 PM January 16, 2019. By this second deadline, directors will upload each selection individually to the recording submission page also found in the conference menu section of bandmasters.org. You must login to the the website with your member ID and password to see these links.

We have revised the submission guidelines to accommodate online submission. Please read them carefully.


Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit - Requesting Your Input

The Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Arts Council, and Iowa Alliance for Arts Education are excited to announce plans to co-sponsor the first ever Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit, a one-day professional learning event, for Thursday June 20, 2019.  The Summit will celebrate the 2017 adoption of Iowa's Fine Arts Standards and offer professional development around our new standards for all five fine arts disciplines - dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.  
The Iowa Fine Arts Leadership Team is in the process of developing this summer’s Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit and we’re interested in hearing from you.  Please follow this link to complete a quick, two-minute survey to offer your input on conference topics.  By sharing your input on this convening, we can better tailor this event to suit your needs.  Please take and share this survey with any fellow educators, administrators, or community partners that would be interested in learning more about fine arts education and Iowa's Fine Arts Standards.  Thanks in advance for your assistance and we look forward to seeing you on June 20th!
Angela Matsuoka
Fine Arts Consultant
Iowa Department of Education
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 782-7296
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Conference Hotel Room Block

Book your group rate for Iowa Bandmasters Association 2019        

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Des Moines Marriott Downtown 133 USD - 133 USD per night

Iowa Bandmasters Association 2019
Start Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
End Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Last Day to Book: Wednesday, April 17, 2019


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

92nd Annual IBA Conference

May 8 - 11, 2019

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309