(Page updated 8-30-14)
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ATSSB Etude Clinic Videos Now Available
With heartfelt thanks to Founding Charter Member Elmer Schenk, we present the videos made of the ATSSB etude clinics given at TBA this year. The videos were made by Ryan Nicolello and may be accessed on YouTube HERE.
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There was a mistake in the Oboe etude listing for Year
D. Regarding Page 4, #7 Largo, it should read "Start in measure 4 of line 2 and play to the
to see the updated Oboe etude page (remember that this
weblisting is now official notification for ATSSB purposes).
The June Newsletter is now online: Click HERE to
read the pdf file.
Congratulations to the 2014 OPS Winners! If you want to see adjudication results in the 2014 Outstanding Performance Series, click HERE.
Here is a roster of the All-State Band by chairs: 2014
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
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
ATSSB All-State Bands Realigned (remember new
Classifications for 2014-15):
Remember that in 2014-15, students in Class 1A, 2A and 3A will
automtically be entered into the 3A Concert Band Track. 4A
students are automatically entered in the 4A Symphonic Band
Track (as will students in 1A, 2A or 3A that choose that track).
Students entered on color instruments (oboe, bassoon, alto
clarinet, contrabass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone
saxophone, and bass trombone) will all enter the 4A Track
(regardless of classification). Should any student in Class 1A,
2A or 3A wish to audition on the 4A Track, they must submit a
Track Selection Form with their first audition (ATSSB or TMEA)
selecting the 4A Track, 5A Track or 6A Track. If they do not,
they are automatically entered into the 3A Track (unless
entering on a color instrument).
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,
Also, the amended Constitution takes effect
September 1, 2014 (amended to reflect the changed names of
Dues Increase for 2014-15
Remember that dues have increased for 2014-15. Active and
Associate Dues will be $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 increase to $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).
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
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.
remember that percussion auditions are unified (not
Click HERE to see
the Unified Percussion requirements.
| Click HERE
for details regarding the 2016 ATSSB
COMPOSITION COMPETITION (entries are
now being accepted)
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.
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. 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 and find it: Region
If you know of a director who passes away this year,
please contact the state office (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Hanna - b. June 14, 1941, d. February 22, 2014
Kenner - b. January 31, 1951, d. December 10,
Knox - b. April 6, 1947, d. November 8, 2013
E. Nelson - d. February 9, 2014
Raska - b. July 26, 1946, d. April 15, 2014
Turner - b. October 15, 1948, d. February 26,
Gordon Shipp - b. July 30, 1946, d. January 26,
E. Shultz - b. August 27, 1945, d. April 8, 2014
Richard Leon Wilson - b. September 10, 1947, d. July 12, 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. Also, for some strange
reason the flute scales were an octave too low! They are
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
|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)
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 $50
dues on that page using a credit card by
clicking on the PayPal logo (specify email@example.com
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 DON’T HAVE A 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
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
September 1 to August 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.
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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