has had a productive beginning of school.
At this point, thanks to the new football schedule adopted by the
AHSAA, some of us are preparing for our sixth football game, which seems
really strange to me. With
that being stated, I remember very well that when I first started
teaching in the late 1980’s, we didn’t start school until late August,
yet always had at least one football game before school even started.
Despite the rain that we’ve dealt with this year (I know of
several of you that have lost MANY rehearsals this year because of the
wet stuff), I hope that you’ve been able to adequately prepare your
groups as we quickly approach contest season.
I know that you will want to be in attendance for our annual AMEA
In-Service Conference this year at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference
Center in Montgomery. Our
conference will be held on January 22-24, 2015.
Please check the conference schedule, found in this edition of
the Ala Breve, as we have outstanding bands slated to perform at every
level that I know you’ll want to hear.
In addition, you should be able to find many clinics that will be
helpful as you strive to better yourself as an educator, and your band
program as well. Take
advantage of this opportunity to earn professional development in OUR
academic discipline (and yes…music IS an academic discipline!!!).
Go ahead and pre-register online ASAP by going to the AMEA
Looking ahead, make sure that you check out the link on our website to
our calendar of events, broken down by district.
State dates (such as AMEA and All-State) are included as well.
Music Performance Assessments will start in February and run
through March. Please
remember that ONE of your selections must come from the cumulative music
list, which has been moved to our new website being developed through
our relationship with Dorian Business Systems (aka Charms), which can be
The new cumulative list is VERY functional and is actually
searchable. If you haven’t
used it yet…go check it out.
If you plan to submit a request to play something that is NOT on the
cumulative list, please fill out the
Request to Perform a Composition
NOT on the Cumulative List Form and get it to Mike Holmes no later
than January 16, 2015. Note:
This is NOT a postmark deadline.
He needs to receive this NO LATER than this date.
Please DON’T send an original score, but send a copy that will be
destroyed IMMEDIATELY after the approval process has taken place.
This form is found on the ABA Forms link found on the ABA
Please make sure that your information on the ABAFEST webpage is
current. We have finally
stepped into the 21st century, and your district chairs,
along with your state officers, will use this format to communicate
EVERYTHING to you. If you
don’t register, you’re not going to receive information, so please take
care of this now if you haven’t already.
Our All-State Band Festival will take place in Mobile this year.
We had a great experience there in the past and I know that
you’re looking forward to returning there with your students next
spring. Our executive
secretary, Harry McAfee, recently sent out information regarding
all-state housing. If you
didn’t receive this, either you haven’t registered on
or you moved to another school and didn’t update your registration.
This is just ONE reason that your registration needs to be
We have two pieces of legislation that will be voted on at AMEA.
It is published in the October edition of Ala Breve, so please
take a few moments to read it so you can make an informed decision.
Legislation 2015-1 involves the removal of the Superior with
Distinction recognition that was adopted when we moved from the
district/state format to our current Music Performance Assessment
format. Legislation 2015-2
involves a proposal that would change the classification of band
programs for MPA purposes.
One last time, PLEASE consider attending our AMEA conference this year.
If you have in the past, but haven’t returned in a year or two
for whatever reason, please consider returning this year.
If you’ve NEVER been, you need to see what it’s all about.
This is our opportunity to meet with music educators from
throughout the State of Alabama to better ourselves professionally, and
to discuss issues current to our discipline, and I’m sure that you’re
aware that there are many!!!
Music IS an academic discipline and if we don’t treat is as such, how
can we expect our colleagues and administrators to give us serious
consideration as educators.
I hope to see you there!!!
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