Association of Texas Small School Bands
(Page updated 9-22-17)
WIth thanks to Ryan Nicollelo and Elmer Schenk, here is a link to the ATSSB Etude Clinics for the Year B auditions given at TBA this summer:
Click HERE to browse the videos.
|Want to help our fellow bandsmen recover from losses in Hurricane Harvey? Keep an eye on this space for breaking news on how you can help - and what you can do if you are in need of help. A group of Texas Fine Arts teachers and administrators, with help from local and national vendors, is working on a plan to unite those who wish to help with those in need.
Due to Hurricane Harvey, TMEA has automatically set ALL contests scheduled for September to have only a 7-day final deadline (the 14-day deadlines are eliminated). Therefore, no one can be entered "late" for jazz. Entries after the 7-day deadline will be done manually onsite the day of the audition.
Also, it is highly possible that some jazz students have evacuated their region and may contact other region coordinators (outside their own region). These students may be added to any region for audition and recording purposes without a late fee. They need not participate in the region jazz clinic-concert outside their home region unless the host region allows it, but are allowed to record for advancement to Area (if they choose to advance).
Jazz auditions already scheduled may be rescheduled if needed. Be sure to check with your region coordinator regarding deadlines and audition dates/sites.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected and impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
The winner of the 2018 ATSSB Composition Competition is CHICAGO
BELLE MOTIFS by Kenneth L. Griffin. The piece will
be premiered by the 2018 ATSSB All-State Concert Band under the
direction of Dr. Matthew McInturf.
Want to see OPS
results? Click HERE
(links will be active as they are submitted).
Need a copy of your membership card for
2017-18? Click HERE.
If you still have trouble, contact the Executive Secretary.
NOTE -------> If
you are trying to use the DIRECTORY
link in the left sidebar to view the ATSSB Membership Directory,
it requires you to put in your last name and ATSSB ID and is
only available to ATSSB members in 2017-18. Your ATSSB ID is
your current ATSSB number (without the letters - just use the
numbers). This Directory lists current Active members. It does
not show your current membership number. To get THAT, use the
link above to get a copy of your membership card (which has your
number) and receipt.
EVEN NEWER -------> The
September Newsletter is now online. Click HERE to
view the Newsletter. A hard copy of the Newsletter is being mailed to each ATSSB-eligible high school in Texas so we can include a copy of the winning CD in the 2017 ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series. Look for that in the mail in the next week or so. Please share the CD with your middle schools directors. Any left-over CDs will be distributed free of charge at the ATSSB table next summer at TBA.
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
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. Known
errata: Set B Sambamorphosis, measures 92
and 96 - Bari Sax part and score: the low B's should be
Bb's in both measures.
Here is the video shown at John Gibson's clinic at TMEA
produced by Bob McClure and Brycen Welborn entitled "ATSSB - a
to read the History of ATSSB
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
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
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.
for details regarding the 2020 ATSSB
ATSSB A to Z
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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, but may include submissions earlier as needed.
Brady - b. October 3, 1943, d. May 25, 2017
Colin Chichurka - b. January 13, 1978, d. September 5, 2017
Richard "Dick" Cranford - b. December 13, 1927, d. August
Frank - b. November 10, 1955, d. June
Hoaldridge - b. 1950, d. June 14, 2017
Randy Thomas Laran - b. July 9, 1991, d.
July 28, 2017
Charles Richard Stone - b. December 29, 1947, d. August 12, 2017
James Luther Streit - b. February 3, 1933, d. September 14, 2017
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
Band Music Library
You may download the loan agreement here:
If you have music left from previous
region clinics, be sure to send it to Brian
Boecker for inclusion with the growing ATSSB
Band Music Library:
Brian Boecker, Assistant Band
Groesbeck High School
1202 North Ellis
Groesbeck, Texas 76642
(254) 729-4150 (voice)
(254) 729-8763 (fax)
|Apply Online for ATSSB Membership
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 $50
dues until October 1 (after which dues
increase to $75), so if you are a college
student or retiree, be sure to select the
If you would
rather just download an application and mail
it in with a check or school Purchase Order,
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
The membership year runs from August 1 to
July 31. Dues are $50 ($75 for Active
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 $25 all 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
Music Educators Association. To enter
the Outstanding Performance Series, the head
director of the entering band must be a
current Active Member of ATSSB.
aware that an application online
does not immediately grant ATSSB
membership. A membership is only
issued on receipt of payment of
OF TEXAS SMALL SCHOOL BANDS
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 Accreditation Commission.
Kenneth L. Griffin, Executive
2117 Morse Street
713-874-1151 (voice and fax)
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