Association of Texas Small School Bands
(Page updated 5-21-13)
Entries for the Outstanding Performance Series are now complete. If you submitted one or more CDs, be sure to check out the following link to keep track of advancing CDs (they will be listed by Form number so only you will know what the title is):
REGION COORDINATORS: please note that the second level of the adjudication (due June 7) requires advancing CDs to be sent to regions that were erroneously listed in the March Newsletter. The current link to the Newsletter now lists the correct regions.
Please be aware that etude lengths for 2013-14 have been adjusted. See the new requirements for most instruments on the Auditions Page. Percussion updated 4-4-13, bass trombone and tuba clarified 4-29-13.
Also, if you plan to enter students in jazz auditions next fall, be sure to check out the Jazz Page (click HERE) for updated information regarding the etudes and Mattei Music files available for the auditions.
ATSSB at TBA
Sunday, July 21, 2013: Outstanding Performance Series - 8:30-noon
Class C followed by Class AA - CC 004
Class CC followed by Class A - CC 005
Class AAA followed by SARC meeting - CC 212
ATSSB OPS Office - CC 1067
|Monday, July 22, 2013 (tentative): ATSSB All-State audition music clinics
Tuesday, July 23, 2013:
State Board meeting 7:30 a.m. - Menger Patio Room
ATSSB General Session 4:30-5:30 p.m. - CC 210
The March Newsletter is now online: Click HERE to read the pdf file. It
contains important information about the 2013 ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series.
2013 All-State Band Pictures - click HERE
2013 ATSSB All-State Band: click HERE to see chair results.
ATSSB All-State Bands Realigned
The membership approved the realignment of the ATSSB All-State Band. Next year (2013-14) students in Class 1A and 2A will automtically be entered into the 1A/2A Track (from here on called "2A Track"). 3A students are automtically entered in the 3A-Down Track (from here on called "3A Track"). Students entered on color instruments (oboe, bassoon, alto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, and bass trombone) are entering an Open Track (1A, 2A and 3A). Should any student in Class 1A or 2A wish to audition on the 3A Track, they must submit a Track Selection Form with their first audition (ATSSB or TMEA) selecting 3A Track, 4A Track or 5A Track. If they do not, they are automatically entered into the 2A Track (unless entering Color Instrument Open Track).
Area will be somewhat different also. There will be separate auditions for 2A Track and 3A Track (but only one for the Color Instrument Open Class). One panel will hear 2A Track, then immediately hear the 3A Track. Flute, clarinet and trumpet (possibly percussion) will be heard by separate panels - one panel for 2A Track flutes and a separate panel for 3A Track flutes, both panels running at the same time, so there will be separate holding rooms for 2A Track and 3A Track flutes, etc.
Chair auditions at State will also be a little different - details to follow.
ATSSB Active Membership Change
The membership approved the Constitutional Amendment refining the definition of Active Membership. Essentially, for people wanting to join ATSSB as an Active Member (wanting to enter students into ATSSB activities and run/vote in ATSSB elections), their school must be classified as a 1A, 2A or 3A school as defined by UIL (or be a private middle school) and must be accredited by the Texas Education Agency or an accrediting agency approved by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission.
Current ATSSB members seeking membership renewal (and those seeking Active Membership in ATSSB) whose school is not accredited by TEA or an accrediting agency approved by TPSAC will not be allowed to join in 2013-14.
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The ATSSB State Board of Directors has voted
to allow the use of electronic media in lieu of printed music in auditions (a book will still be provided on the stand
for all students to use if they wish).
2013 All-State Jazz Ensemble
results are posted HERE.
REMEMBER: Dues are now $60!
We will not use The Complete Rose - 118
Etudes for Clarinet as an
alternative to the Hite edition of Artistic
Studies Book 1 - The French School.
The Hite edition is readily available from your favorite music
See the email sent to all directors regarding the reasoning
behind this decision.
If you purchased the Complete Rose online, you will not be able
to use it for clarinet auditions this year.
Here is the link to the updated clarinet etude pages from the
Prescribed Audition List: CLICK HERE
TIMPANI: The etudes must be taken from the new edition of
the Saul Goodman Modern Method for Tympani.
Note that the publisher is Alfred, not Belwin (although some
editions may have a Warner-Brothers publisher). Some may also
have a copyright of 2000, but the newest editions list only
the 1988 copyright. Just make sure it is published by either
Alfred or Warner-Brothers.
remember that percussion auditions are unified (not
to see the Unified Percussion requirements.
| Click HERE
for details regarding the 2014 ATSSB
COMPOSITION COMPETITION (entries are
now being accepted)
Byron Alsup, Region 2 Coordinator, has compiled an Excel
spreadsheet with links to many mp3 audio files of tunes used
at UIL contests. It also includes audio links to some marches.
to download the Excel file.
ATSSB A to Z
Frequently Asked Questions and Topics
Everything you always wanted to know about ATSSB and its
audition processes, the Outstanding Performance Series, Area,
State, Membership, Licensees ....... you name it. Go HERE for all the
answers, forms you might need, links to places you might need,
|The State Board of Directors approved the following
Region/Area alignment. Click HERE
to view the alignment. Regions 5, 20, 24, and 25 are
combined into one ATSSB region for ATSSB auditions
(designated Region 5); Regions 18 and 26 are combined
into one region for ATSSB auditions (designated Region
18), Regions 9, 17, and 19 are combined into one region
for ATSSB auditions (designated Region 9), Regions 15
and 28 are combined into one region for ATSSB auditions
(designated Region 15) and Regions 23 and 27 are
combined into one region for ATSSB auditions (designated
Region 23). If you are unsure as to what region you have
been assigned, go to the following URL and find it: Region
If you know of a director who passes away this year,
please contact the state office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
provide a link to the obituary if possible - or at
least a date and place of death so it can be found.
This is not restricted to only ATSSB members, but also
directors who influenced your lives in some way. The
list is kept from September 1-August 31 each year.
Marcos Antonio Bazaldua - b. 7-16-1973, d. 1-26-2013
Kelbert Taylor - b. 10-19-1948, d. 3-27-2013
Wayne Dyess - b. 11-27-1947, d. 2-27-2013
Kelly Glaze - b. 9-1-1946, d. 5-5-2013
Doyle McElroy - d. 4-30-2013
Audition List for Middle School auditions has been
updated. The Year B Combined Percussion etudes are listed in
error. The mallet etude was listed as #I on page 81 but
should read #XXIII Marcia on page 81 (play all) with tempo
marking of quarter note = 60-76. Also, for some strange
reason the flute scales were an octave too low! They are
The reasoning behind this is that Year B mallets
are the primary instrument so must play a more difficult piece
(they play a much simpler piece in Year A and Year C).
Brian Boecker at Groesbeck High School has
agreed to host the ATSSB Band Music Library.
This is a collection of previous All-State Band
literature, all-region band program literature,
etc., from which regions or individual ATSSB
Active Members may borrow music. There are
certain restrictions regarding its use, so read
the guidelines before requesting music. The
literature available is listed here: ATSSB
You may download the loan agreement here: Music Loan
If you have music left from previous region
clinics, be sure to send it to Brian Boecker
for inclusion with the growing ATSSB Band
Brian Boecker, Assistant Band Director
Groesbeck High School
1202 North Ellis
Groesbeck, Texas 76642
(254) 729-4117 (voice)
(254) 729-5167 (fax)
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If you would rather just download an
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school Purchase Order, click here for a pdf
file on which you can type the information on
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*NOTE: The membership year runs from
September 1 to August 31. Dues are $60 for
Active Members since it is now after October 1
(Associate Memberships remain $35 all year;
Retired and College Division dues are $10; the
$25 penalty for Active Member dues goes to the
ATSSB All-State Band Scholarship Fund.). To
enter students into competition leading to
membership in the ATSSB All-State Band, you
must be a current Active Member of ATSSB and
the Texas Music
Educators Association. To enter the
Outstanding Performance Series, the head
director of the entering band must be a
current Active Member of ATSSB.
ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS SMALL SCHOOL BANDS
Created in 1991, ATSSB is an organization
dedicated to promoting the interests of small
school (Class AAA and smaller) bands in the
state of Texas. The focus of ATSSB is on serving
the needs of small school band students,
directors, parents, and administrators. ATSSB
meets twice each year in General Session - once
in February and once in July. In addition, the
ATSSB All-State Bands rehearse and perform in
San Antonio in February. ATSSB Active Membership
is open to any director or assistant director of
a class AAA, AA or A high school or middle
school that feeds a AAA or smaller high school
or a private middle school, with classifications
determined by enrollment. The school must be accredited by the Texas Education Agency or an accrediting agency approved by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission.
Kenneth L. Griffin, Executive
2117 Morse Street
713-874-1151 (voice and fax)
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