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Transcript of MSBOA
UM - 2007-2010 (MM)
Band Director at Northwest High School (Jackson MI)
To help explain the "ins and outs" of MSBOA and most other state instrumental music associations
To (hopefully) prep you for what you'll encounter in your first job!
Why am I here?
President of District 8
800 Students (class B)
2 Concert Bands
About Me (and NW)
MSBOA has made me (forced me to be) a better teacher and a better director
"If you want a better band, you need better players"
-Mike Kaufman (my Co-op teacher)
Student Performance Opportunities
Honors Bands and Orchestras
State Level Officers make the "Big" Decisions
All Officers are current directors
State President: Joel Shaner (Jackson High)
State VP - B/O: Kevin Culling (Okemos Chippewa MS)
State Office Staff
They do the "grunt" work
Executive Director: Paul Lichau
Each District runs it's own functions and has it's own officers
The 16 Districts
Founded in 1934 in Southeastern MI
1936: First Solo/Ensemble Festival is held
1938: First Band Festival is held
Different from many states (many states Instrumental Assoc. is part of the wider Music Ed Assoc.)
"A rating less than "two" is a DIRECTOR's rating."
-John Whitwell (MSU Director of Bands, emeritus AND former Northwest Band Director
Professional Development Opportunities for Directors
Why is the State Organization Important?
Many directors don't participate in MSBOA because of B&O Festival.
Those students miss out on the S&E and All-State experiences
Motivation? For both students and director
Often an excuse, the cost of MSBOA is minimal in comparision with MHSAA
"It's too expensive..."
"Look in the Mirror"
Unbiased judging provides true feedback into your program
Participating in the state organization puts our subject on closer footing with our Michigan Merit tested colleagues
Accountability and Legitimacy
We'll cover three big areas and one small one:
Student Performance Opportunities
Professional Development for Directors
"Seems too hard"
District 8 Officers:
Rating System (first division, second division, etc..)
By School Size
Determines what lit you have to perform
Band and Orchestra Festival!!
District and State Level
Coming up... Rubrics???
5 minutes = 1 piece of music
Solo and Ensemble Festivals
By far, the single best thing MSBOA does!
District and State Festivals
MS=2 District Festivals
Qualifier for MYAF (later)
District Jazz = non-rated
State Jazz = Rated
State S/E Festivals
Marching Band Festivals
District Level Only
not MCBA or Scholastic
3 Rating Sheets:
Assorted District Honor Bands/Orchestras
District 8 MS Honors Band
District 4 HS Honors Band and Jazz Band
All-State Band and Orchestra
Rehearses and Performs in January at MMC
5 Groups: HS Band, Orchestra, Jazz. MS B & O
Auditions held in Districts in November
Great Opportunity for Growth
Etude, scales, SR
Michigan Youth Arts Festival
Honors Band and Orchestra
Determined by Proficiency Scores at State S&E
Outstanding Soloists and Small Ensembles
Nominees and Winners
Determined by State Jazz Festival
District and State Meetings
Alternative Styles Day (strings)
Michigan Music Conference
MSBOA Sponsors members at discounted rate
Directors and Professionals present
Concerts and clinics
Director Development Days
Sessions, "New Music Reading Sessions", Rehearsal Workshops
Others... see handout
-I'm looking for sax and trombone instructors for camp!