(Page updated 4-13-14)
The March Newsletter is now online: Click HERE to read the pdf file. The Newsletter contains important OPS information.
Those of you who need to use current budget funds to start on next year can download a membership application HERE (it reflects the increase in dues for 2014-15).
Here is a roster of the All-State Band by chairs: 2014 All-State Band.
Watch a slide show of pictures from the clinic-concert HERE.
If you need to order a large 10” All-State Band patch, click HERE.
If you need to order CDs of the All-State concerts, click HERE.
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 beome a band director. Details will be coming soon on how the scholarship recipient will be selected. You may always go to the link above for more information.
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
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 3A Track and 4A Track (but only one for the color instruments in the 4A Track). One panel will hear 3A Track, then immediately hear the 4A Track. Flute, clarinet and trumpet (possibly percussion) will be heard by separate panels - one panel for 3A Track flutes and a separate panel for 4A Track flutes, both panels running at the same time, so there will be separate holding rooms for 3A Track and 4A Track flutes, etc.
Dues Increase for 2014-15
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).