Association of Texas Small School Bands
(Page updated 8-14-15)
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 Marine Band "The President's Own" will be in Texas this fall. Check out this valuable resource for Texas band directors, including concerto competitions, clinics from Marine Band members and more. Click HERE.
The June Newsletter is now online. Click HERE to view the Newsletter.
The Year E Update is now online on the Auditions page. Be sure to check out the addition of Stringed Bass to the Area certifications (regions may certify up to two stringed 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.
Line 3, measure 3, third note is a B.
|Need to see if you are current in your membership for 2015-16? Click on the DIRECTORY link in the left sidebar. If your name is there, it should say CURRENT in green next to it. If you need a copy of your membership card, clck HERE. If you still have trouble, contact the Executive Secretary.
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. The recipient of the 2015 Bruce Kenner Memorial Scholarship is Madison Fowler from Canton High School. You may always go to the link above for more
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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
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.
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).
remember that percussion auditions are unified (not
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 â€œWhere Morning Dawns, Where Evening Fadesâ€ by Eric Rath. Honorable Mention was awarded to James K. Taylor for his â€œGrand Legacy Marchâ€.
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.
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 for 2014-16. 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 to find it: Region
If you know of a director who passes away this year,
please contact the state office (email@example.com) 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.
Barnes - b. September 24, 1936, d. September 28,
Waymon O. Bullock - b. May 27, 1936, d. November 26, 2014
Geoffrey Chase Bissett - b. June 19, 1943, d. November 25, 2014
Larry C. Christopher - b. May 11, 1942, d. February 11, 2015
Darrell Keith McCarty - b. October 7, 1927, d. October 13, 2014
Sharon Lynn Reeves - b. July 28, 1949, d. May 4, 2015
Edward Smith Solomon - b. March 9, 1932, d. January 4, 2015
John Randolph (Randy) Storie - b. February 10, 1949, d. May 11, 2015
James K. Tountas - b. September 17, 1948, d. December 25, 2014
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
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)
|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 PayPal.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 $50 for
Active Members (until October 1 when dues
increase to $75; the $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.
| ASSOCIATION OF
TEXAS SMALL SCHOOL BANDS
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
Kenneth L. Griffin, Executive
2117 Morse Street
713-874-1151 (voice and fax)
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