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If you still have trouble, contact the Executive Secretary.

2016 ATSSB All-State Jazz Ensemble

Click HERE for the 2016 ATSSB All-State Jazz Ensemble

Please see etude clarifications below, especially Timpani.

With great appreciation to Elmer Schenk and Ryan Nicolello, here is a link to the ATSSB audition etude clinics at TBA sponsored by ATSSB: CLICK HERE

The Executive Committee of the ATSSB State Board of Directors approved the following Region alignment for 2016-18. Click HERE to view the alignment. Some Regions have been combined with others because the have few if any small schools in them. Area alignments will be announced December 18.

To see where your school has been assigned in the realignment, go to : HERE

A new Music magazine is seeking interviews regarding High School Bands. If interested in participating, see the interview questions HERE, then contact:

Nathan Hunnicutt
ETX Music Magazine
Launching Jan 1, 2016
(936) 332-4777

The September Newsletter is now online.  Click HERE to view the Newsletter. A printed copy was mailed to all eligible high schools on September 1 containing a copy of the 2015 OPS CD. If you have not received one by now, contact the Executive Secretary and a CD will be sent to you.

The Year E Update is now online on the Auditions page. Be sure to check out the addition of Double Bass to the Area certifications (regions may certify up to two double basses to Area with only one selected to advance to State from Area but are not required to seat them in the region clinic unless region rules provide for it).

There is a clarification for trumpet in Year E: Page 14 (Valse-Lentement by Bohme), play the first five lines, Known Errata in Line 3, measure 3, third note is a B.

There is also a clarification for snare drum in Year E: Page 45, #42, Play the last 6 lines, Disregard the tie in the first measure and begin on the downbeat.

There is also a clarification for clarinet in Year E: Page 69, #24, Play the last 4 lines, the second note in measure 38 should have a sharp (the sharp on the low F carries to the octave slur).

There is also a clarification for clarinet in Year E: Page 20, #18, the thirteenth note in measure 15 should have a natural. The dotted eighth note A on beat 3 should also have a natural (already posted in errata).

There is also a clarification for timpani in Year E: Page 60, #58, Play from measure 4 of line 3 to the end, This etude must be played on only two drums (retuning during the performance of the etude). It does not matter which two drums are selected so long as they are the only two used in the audition. The two drums must be positioned so that the smaller drum is on the right and the larger drum is on the left. The audition is intended to show an ability to tune during a performance while keeping time. Also, the tempo to be used is half note = 64 until the 4/4 time, when the quarter note = 64.

Having problems renewing your membership for 2015-16? Try this direct link to the online application:

The State Board of Directors accepted a proposal from Robyn Kenner, daughter of Bruce Kenner, to establish the Bruce Kenner Memorial Scholarship to honor his memory. Donations are being received for the fund which will endow an annual $1000 scholarship to a Texas senior who plans to major in music to become a band director. You may always go to the link above for more information.

ATSSB has a social media presence on twitter. If you have a twitter account please add @atssb and share us with your followers. If you would like to receive messages from ATSSB via SMS, text the following message 'follow @atssb' (no quotations) to 40404. If you would like to interact with ATSSB via twitter you can also set up a twitter account at  Text message charges may apply.

Pepwear has launched an online webstore for their products that feature the ATSSB logo and service marks. They will pay a percentage of the price they receive to our ATSSB All-State Scholarship Fund. So stop by and check it out:

TMEA AAA Honor Band History (now 4A)

Click HERE to see what each band played in the Honor Band selection process and then what they played at TMEA the following year. We also have begun a similar list for Class 2A (now 3A) and Class 1A (which started as class 1A-B). The second two lists are somewhat confusing, so help is needed to sort them out (and add programs played at the honor band concert and the three tunes used the prior year when they were selected as honor band). Anyone having additional data to contribute, please contact the Executive Secretary.

Remember that dues are as follows: Active and Associate Dues are $50. After October 1, dues increase to $75 with the additional $25 going into the Scholarship Fund. Associate dues remain $50 all year with no penalty. College Student and Retiree dues are $25 all year with no penalty.

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).

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. Also, a point of clarification regarding the number of drums used for timpani auditions: students are required to use only the number of drums indicated for timpani and retune as needed during auditions.

MALLETS: The etudes must be taken from the new edition of MODERN SCHOOL FOR XYLOPHONE, MARIMBA, VIBRAPHONE (Morris Goldberg/musical interpretations and editing by Anthony J. Cirone, published by Alfred Music).

Please remember that percussion auditions are unified (not separate).

Click HERE to see the Unified Percussion requirements.

Click HERE for details regarding the 2018 ATSSB COMPOSITION COMPETITION.  The winning composition of the 2016 Competition was “Where Morning Dawns, Where Evening Fades” by Eric Rath. Honorable Mention was awarded to James K. Taylor for his “Grand Legacy March”.

Byron Alsup has compiled an Excel spreadsheet with links to many mp3 audio files of Grade I tunes used at UIL contests. It also includes audio links to some marches. Click HERE to download the Excel file.


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, etc.

Use Year E in the Prescribed Audition List for auditions in 2015-2016


If you know of a director who passes away this year, please contact the state office ( 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.

James Oscar Larson - b. October 30, 1937, d. September 5, 2015

Berry Charles "Butch" Crudgington - b. July 9, 1955, d. September 10, 2015

Eldon Malcome Sonnenburg - b. September 6, 1920, d. November 5, 2015



The Suggested 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.  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).

Music Loan Library

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 Band Music Library

You may download the loan agreement here: Music Loan Application

If you have music left from previous region clinics, be sure to send it to Brian Boecker for inclusion with the growing ATSSB Band Music Library:

Brian Boecker, Assistant Band Director
Groesbeck High School
1202 North Ellis
Groesbeck, Texas 76642
(254) 729-4117 (voice)
(254) 729-5167 (fax) 

Apply Online for ATSSB Membership

Forgot to pay your annual ATSSB Membership Dues? Want to become a new member of ATSSB? Do you enjoy the convenience of paying online? Now you are in luck! ATSSB and have teamed up to offer an online payment system for your ATSSB Membership Application:


Just type in your information and click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page. An email will be sent to the Executive Secretary with this data and you will be taken to a second page where you can get information on where to send your dues. You can also elect to pay your $75 dues on that page using a credit card (it is after October 1) by clicking on the PayPal logo (specify as the email recipient of the PayPal payment). If you have trouble using PayPal, give them a call at 1-888-221-1161 and they will walk you through the process (you do not have to have a PayPal account to charge your dues to a credit card - just click on NO PAYPAL ACCOUNT?; ATSSB will pay the associated fees). It is set to pay the $50 dues, so if you are a college student or retiree, be sure to select the appropriate dues..

If you would rather just download an application and mail it in with a check or school Purchase Order, click here for a pdf file on which you can type the information on your computer and print it out (the file will not save with information on it):

*NOTE: The membership year runs from August 1 to July 31. Dues are $75 for Active Members (it is after October 1; the additional $25 penalty for Active Member dues goes to the ATSSB All-State Band Scholarship Fund). Associate Memberships remain $50 all year; Retired and College Division dues are $25. 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.


Created in 1991, ATSSB is an organization dedicated to promoting the interests of small school (Class AAAA and smaller beginning in 2014-15) 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 4A high school (beginning in 2014-15) or middle school that feeds a 4A 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 Secretary
2117 Morse Street

Houston, Texas 77019
713-874-1151 (voice and fax)

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