• 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 over 50 first and second year band directors each year.

  • IBARD

    IBARD

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

  • IBA magazine

    Iowa Bandmaster Magazine

    Published quarterly

Iowa Bandmaster named semi-finalist for Grammy award

Nate Sletten, Iowa Bandmaster from Earlham has been named a semi-finalist for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy®and the GRAMMY Foundation®.

A total of 25 music teachers from 25 cities across 16 states have been announced as semifinalists for the award.  Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations and applications for the 2018 Music Educator Award are now open via www.grammymusicteacher.com.  

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public, and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, the recipient will be honored during GRAMMY® Week 2017.

Young Artist Concerto Competition

Announcing the 2017 Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition

wcfsymphony is now accepting applications from Iowa's student musicians to compete in the wcfsymphony Young Artist Concerto Competition on Sunday, January 15, 2017. 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.  Piano, string, woodwind, brass and percussion students in grades 8 through 12 are eligible to participate in the competition (applicants must be Iowa residents).

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 wcfsymphony on March 30, 2017 at the discretion of Artistic Director Jason Weinberger. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2016.

The Young Artist Concerto Competition is chaired by Jo R. Capoccioni. Information and application form 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.

Magazine Deadline October 7th

A reminder that the due date for the IBA magazine district news is fast approaching – Fri, Oct. 7.  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

Boston Brass at Iowa State University

The internationally-acclaimed Boston Brass will perform in the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall at Iowa State University on Monday, September 19 at 7:30 pm.   They will be joined for one special selection by the ISU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Director of Bands Michael Golemo.
 

91st Annual IBA Conference

May 9 - 12, 2018

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309