Association of Texas Small School Bands
(Page updated 6-21-16)
NOTICE: The Region Web Pages have been updated to reflect the realignment for 2016-17. Be sure to check out the TMEA link showing to which region each ISD is assigned.
Please be aware that the Membership Directory now points to 2016-17. If you are looking for data from 2015-16, contact the Executive Secretary or update your membership for 2016-17. Access to the Membership Directory is restricted to current ATSSB members.
The June Newsletter is now online. Click HERE to view the Newsletter. It contains information regarding TBA and issues impacting ATSSB.
Click HERE to see results (as they are posted) of the 2106 Outstanding Performance Series adjudications.
FYI - ATSSB at TBA 2016
|Thursday, July 21
|8:30 am-12:30 pm
||ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series (Judges' meeting 8:00 CC007)
||Class 1C followed by Class 3A followed by SARC Meeting - CC004
||Class 2C followed by Class 1A/2A - CC005
||Class 4A - CC007
||ATSSB Office - CC1067
|9:30 am - 6:00 pm
||ATSSB table open in the Registration area
||Clinic - "Building a Successful Program in a Small School - Clinicians Chris Brannan and George Little
|Friday, July 22
|7:30 am-5:00 pm
||ATSSB table open in the Registration area
|9:00 am-3:00 pm
||ATSSB All-State Audition Music Clinics (see convention program or June Newsletter for sites and times)
|Saturday, July 23
||State Board of Directors meeting - Menger Hotel Minuet Room
||Clinic - "Small Town Swing ' Starting and Maintaining a Jazz Program in a Small School" - Clinician Michael Childs
|9:30 am-4:00 pm
||ATSSB table open in the Registration area (closed for TBA Luncheon)
||ATSSB General Session - CC210
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
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 the have few if any small schools in them.
To see where your school has been assigned in the realignment, click HERE
Need a copy of your membership card for 2016-17? Click HERE.
If you still have trouble, contact the Executive Secretary.
Time to renew your membership for 2016-17. Use this direct link
to the online application:
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 2016 Bruce Kenner Memorial Scholarship is Caleb Cude, ATSSB All-State Band member from Whitesboro on trombone.
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
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).
remember that percussion auditions are unified (not
Click HERE to see
the Unified Percussion requirements.
|Click HERE for details regarding the 2018 ATSSB
COMPOSITION COMPETITION. The winning composition of the 2016 Competition was â€œWhere Morning Dawns, Where Evening Fadesâ€ by Eric Rath. Honorable Mention was awarded to James K. Taylor for his â€œGrand Legacy Marchâ€.
Byron Alsup has compiled an Excel 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.
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.
Phillip K. Aikman - b. January 11,1942, d. January 14, 2016
Diane Marie Baker - b. July 28, 1950, d. February 8, 2016
James W. "Jim" Blacksher, Jr. - b. June 10, 1944, d. May 27, 2016
W.D. Bruton - b. June 1,1933, d. January 3, 2016
Berry Charles "Butch" Crudgington - b. July 9, 1955, d. September 10, 2015
Michael Anthony Fassino - b. January 20, 1939, d. April 24, 2016
Russell Lee Fuller - b. July 23, 1943, d. August 18, 2015
Jimmie M. Hudgins - b. March 12, 1925, d. February 19, 2016
James Oscar Larson - b. October 30, 1937, d. September 5, 2015
Jesus Armando "Chuy" Lopez, Jr. - b. January 2, 1967, d. September 8, 2015
Dr. Ralph Lee Mills - b. April 5, 1922, d. March 8, 2016
Buddy Edwin Richardson - b. July 21, 1937, d. January 27, 2016
Eldon Malcome Sonnenburg - b. September 6, 1920, d. November 5, 2015
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 $75
dues on that page using a credit card (it is
after October 1) by clicking on the PayPal
logo (specify email@example.com 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 $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 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.
| 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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