Association of Texas Small School Bands
(Page updated 3-21-17)
The March Newsletter is now online. It contains important information regarding the 2018 Outstanding Performance Series and the 2017 ATSSB All-State Band. Click HERE to view the Newsletter.
Another great ATSSB All-State Band experience (our 26th). If you forgot to buy a large 10" all-state band patch, you can order one here: STATE PATCH
NEW -------> Click HERE to see pictures from the 2017 All-State Clinic.
FROM TMEA: Please be aware that the entry software is set up to designate 14 days prior to the audition date as the deadline for entries and 7 days prior to the audition date as the final late entry date (with penalties). Also be aware that the entry software is set up to send a letter of reprimand from TMEA to any director who enters students for the first time into auditions after the first deadline 14 days prior to auditions. Be sure to check the contest deadlines on the TMEA audition entry pages.
NOTICE: The Region Web Pages have been updated to reflect the realignment for 2016-18. Be sure to check out the TMEA link showing to which region each ISD is assigned.
The Executive Committee of the ATSSB State Board of Directors approved the following
Region and Area alignment for 2016-18. Click HERE to view the alignment. Some Regions have been combined with others because they have few if any small schools in them.
To see where your school has been assigned in the realignment, click HERE
The Set 'B' All State Jazz Audition Music edited for 2017-18 is now shipping. The audition parameters have been shortened and are included on all parts. They have also been edited into the audition audio tracks as a fade-in and vocal count off prior to the audition start location. There are several clarifications in articulation and dynamic placements. Therefore we encourage every school to get the new print version. It includes not just the exact cuts and vocal count offs, but is a bit easier to read. Old Set 'B' versions are not incorrect, but if you intend to use them make sure to obtain the new audition parameters from Mattei Music Service's website: matteimusicservices.com. A new audio CD is being provided to each region to keep auditions fair across the state.
Here is the video shown at John Gibson's clinic at TMEA produced by Bob McClure and Brycen Welborn entitled "ATSSB - a 25-Year Journey":
Click HERE to read the History of ATSSB
Need a copy of your membership card for 2016-17? Click HERE.
If you still have trouble, contact the Executive Secretary.
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.
The recipient of the 2017 Bruce Kenner Memorial Scholarship is Jacob Nance, a four-year ATSSB All-State Band member from New Deal on alto saxophone.
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. You may always go to the link above for more
ATSSB has a social media presence on twitter.
If you have a twitter account please add @atssb and share us
with your followers. If you would like to receive
messages from ATSSB via SMS, text the following message
'follow @atssb' (no quotations) to 40404. If you would
like to interact with ATSSB via twitter you can also set up
a twitter account at www.twitter.com.
Text message charges may apply.
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 (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 percussion auditions are unified (not
Click HERE to see
the Unified Percussion requirements.
|Click HERE for details regarding the 2018 ATSSB
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,
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.
Joseph Castellano - b. March 13, 1938, d. August 28, 2016
Charles Hugh Enloe - b. June 18, 1920, d. December 1, 2016
Anna Marie Schoener Garcia - b. September 16, 1948, d. July 20, 2016
Eddie Gellner - b. January 2, 1945, d. March 18, 2017
Fred Junkin - b. July 9, 1927, d. March 10, 2017
Daryll Edward Kaire - b. October 31, 1952, d. July 16, 2016
Garland James Kneten - b. February 5, 1939, d. September 12, 2016
Jimmie Ray Priest - b. January 12, 1937, d. October 3, 2016
George Robert Riddell - b. May 26, 1939, d. October 23, 2016
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.
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 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 and be sure to note for whom the payment is being made). 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 $75 dues (it is after October 1), 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 $75 for
Active Members (it is after October 1; the additional $25 penalty for Active
Member dues goes to the ATSSB All-State Band
Scholarship Fund). Associate, Retired and College Student Memberships
remain $25all year. 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.
|Please be aware that an application online does not immediately grant ATSSB membership. A membership is only issued on receipt of payment of dues.
| 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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