Four States Bandmasters Association Convention and Clinic to be held at TISD

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TISD will host the Four States Bandmasters Convention & Clinic on Thursday, January 12 through Saturday, January 14. An expected 350 students along with directors representing 54 schools from the four states area will be in attendance.

The Four States Bandmasters Convention & Clinic brings together the musical abilities of area students who have been nominated to the Four States Honor Band by area band directors. During the course of the convention, students audition for one of three bands: jazz, concert and symphonic. Following their concert assignment, students rehearse on a daily basis and present a series of concerts to the community which will be held on Saturday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center & John Thomas Theatre. Admission is FREE and the public is invited to attend.

Additionally, prior to the concert series, the organization will induct Gary Meggs, Professor of Jazz Bands/Saxophone for University of Arkansas – Monticello, and Robert Utsey, former Band Director for Liberty Eylau High School, into the FSBA Hall of Fame.

Another FREE concert will be presented by the University of Arkansas – Monticello Jazz Band on Thursday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the John Thomas Theatre. The public is welcomed to attend.

Band conductors for the concert series are chosen by the Four States Bandmasters. This year’s conductors will be: Galindo Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Music for Northwestern State University (Four States Jazz Band); Dr. John Graham, Band Director for University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff (Four States Concert Band); and Dr. Caroline Beatty, Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music for Texas State University (Four States Symphonic Band).

Schedule of events are as follows:

Thursday, January 12:
1:00 p.m. Registration Desk Opens (Sullivan Performing Arts Center)
2:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-Up (Sullivan Performing Arts Center)
2:00 p.m. All Honor Band Participant Meeting (Texas High Band Hall)
2:15 – 5:00 p.m. Auditions
6:00 p.m. University of Arkansas – Monticello Jazz Band Concert (John Thomas Theatre)
ADMISSION IS FREE & PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND
6:00 p.m. Results of Auditions posted (Sullivan Performing Arts Center)
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Rehearsals/Exhibits Open
Jazz Band (Texas High School Band Hall II)
Concert Band (Texas High School Band Hall)
Symphonic Band (Sullivan Performing Arts Center Stage)

Friday, January 13:
8:30 a.m. Registration (Sullivan Performing Arts Center)
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Rehearsals (Texas Middle & Texas High School Band Halls,
Sullivan Performing Arts Center)
8:30 – Noon Exhibit Opens (Sullivan Performing Arts Center)
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Clinic – “Marching Movement”
Presented by: Jon Shultz
1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Rehearsals/Exhibit Opens
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Clinic – “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know to FIX your Woodwinds”
Presented by: Dr. Steven Becraft

Saturday, January 14:
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Rehearsals (Texas Middle & Texas High School Band Halls,
Sullivan Performing Arts Center)
2:00 p.m. Hall of Fame Induction for Gary Meggs & Robert Utsey (John Thomas Theatre)
2:00 p.m. Concert Series (John Thomas Theatre)
ADMISSION IS FREE & PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND

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