From the President

ABA: Updates

As we continue to move forward as ABA, the most important thing to remember is to keep YOUR students and their well-being in mind in every decision you make about your band program. The ABA board has worked tirelessly over the past few months to do everything in their power to aid you during this time and for our events. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to help you or your program, or if you have any questions. We are here to serve you.

AMEA Conference Wrap-up
Thank you to everyone who presented outstanding clinics and to the Hartselle High School Symphonic Band – Randall Key, conductor, and the Enterprise High School Wind Ensemble – Sean Weiler, conductor, for their outstanding performances.

Virtual MPA
We have moved the deadline for submissions for approval of a list piece to Joel Henson to March 1. The registration deadline for Virtual MPA is March 12 to Executive Secretary. The submission deadline for materials is April 9.

All-State Festival
Our plan at this moment is to have the All- State event as a live event. If this can’t happen, we will move it to a virtual platform for the students to have an all-state experience for 2021. We will have an All-State event and seat bands for 2021 and students will receive medals for the 2021 event. The board is gathering information for both the in-person event and the virtual event and will make the determination about the event by March 1.

Congratulations to the newly elected ABA officers.
They will take office on June 1. They are President- elect – Lori Hart, Recording Secretary – William Mixon, Jazz Chairman-Elect – Nick McDonald.

Together we will get through this and we will be stronger, but it will take ALL of us moving forward together. Stay Strong! This is your association. Let us all strive to make it better so that we can serve our students and the bands in our state better. We are ABA and together we CAN do great things!!!!!!

UPCOMING ABA DATES

  1. SUMMER CONFERENCE (JUNE 15-17, 2021) HAMPTON INN, ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA
  2. ALL-STATE BAND (APRIL 14-17, 2021) ARTHUR R. OUTLAW MOBILE CONVENTION CENTER, MOBILE, AL
  3. ALL-STATE BAND (APRIL 6-10, 2022) ARTHUR R. OUTLAW MOBILE CONVENTION CENTER, MOBILE, AL
  4. ALL-STATE BAND (APRIL 27-29 2023) VON BRAUN CENTER-HUNTSVILLE, AL
  5. ALL-STATE BAND (APRIL 25-27, 2024) VON BRAUN CENTER-HUNTSVILLE, AL