(Page updated 10-2-15)
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 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 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.
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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.
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.
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).