(Page updated 12-3-13)
When entering students into region auditions online, use your number only (do not put in "RM").
The December Newsletter is now online: Click HERE to read the pdf file. It contains important information about elections for state office - with biographies and pictures of candidates for Class A and Class AAA Representative to the ATSSB State Board of Directors.
ATSSB All-State Jazz Ensemble Results are now final:
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:
Click HERE for Youtube vidoes of the clinics for ATSSB audition etudes given at TBA. Thanks to Elmer Shenck for sponsoring the videos made by Ryan Nicolell.
Congratulations to Jack Wilds, the winner of the 2014 ATSSB Compoisition Competition, for his composition entitled AND SAIL AWAY. The piece will be premiered by the 2014 ATSSB All-State Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Timothy Rhea from Texas A&M University.
The 2013 Outstanding Performance Series is now complete. State adjudication results are listed in the following link. Congratulations to all participants.
TMEA AAA Honor Band History
Click HERE to see what each band played in the Honor Band selection process and then what they played at TMEA the following year. The list is incomplete, so anyone having additional data to contribute, please contact the Executive Secretary.
ATSSB All-State Bands Realigned
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
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.
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).
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 dealer.
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.
Please remember that percussion auditions are unified (not separate).
Click HERE to see the Unified Percussion requirements.
Byron Alsup, Region 2 Coordinator, has compiled an Exc el spreadsheet with links to many mp3 audio files of 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.
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. Also, for some strange reason the flute scales were an octave too low! They are corrected now.
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).