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(Page updated 3-15-15)

The March Newsletter is now online.  Click HERE to view the Newsletter.

2015 All-State Band and Jazz Ensemble

CLick HERE to see the final chair results

Click HERE to order the large 10" All-State Band patch

JUST UPLOADED!! -----> Click HERE to see a gallery of pictures taken at the clinic and concert. <----- JUST UPLOADED!

George Strickland, Assistant Director of Music Activities at the UIL (and Past-President of ATSSB), wanted to give us all a head's up regarding housing at TSSEC next May.  The contest will be May 23 & 25 - and also happens to be the same weekend as the University of Texas graduations so hotel rooms are already being filled up.  It would be wise to go ahead and make reservations NOW (they can always be cancelled or changed at a later date once you know who you will have going), but it will be a real problem booking a room if you wait much longer.  This happens once every 7-8 years, so make plans now.

Having problems renewing your membership? Try this direct link to the online application:

Registered, but can't find your card/receipt?

Go to the following URL (replace XXXX with your last name and last 4 SS numbers):

If that does not work, 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. 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. The recipient of the 2015 Bruce Kenner Memorial Scholarship is Madison Fowler from Canton High School. You may always go to the link above for more information.

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  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

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.

Dues Increase for 2014-15

Remember that dues have increased for 2014-15. 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 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).

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.

Click HERE for details regarding the 2016 ATSSB COMPOSITION COMPETITION (entries are now being accepted)

Byron Alsup has compiled an Exc el 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 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 to find it: Region Alignment

Use Year E in the Prescribed Audition List for auditions in 2015-2016


If you know of a director who passes away this year, please contact the state office ( 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.

Roark Barnes - b. September 24, 1936, d. September 28, 2014

Waymon O. Bullock - b. May 27, 1936, d. November 26, 2014

Geoffrey Chase Bissett - b. June 19, 1943, d. November 25, 2014

Darrell Keith McCarty - b. October 7, 1927, d. October 13, 2014

Edward Smith Solomon - b. March 9, 1932, d. January 4, 2015

James K. Tountas - b. September 17, 1948, d. December 25, 2014



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).

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: Music Loan Application

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 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 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 $75 dues on that page using a credit card (it is after October 1) by clicking on the PayPal logo (specify 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 NO 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 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 $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 Accreditation Commission. 

Kenneth L. Griffin, Executive Secretary
2117 Morse Street

Houston, Texas 77019
713-874-1151 (voice and fax)

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