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The Texas Bandmasters Annual Convention / Clinic

Celebrating our 65th Annual Convention | 1948 - 2012

For the past 65 years the Texas Bandmasters Association has convened in San Antonio, Texas to present educational clinics, concerts and a trade show.

The Texas Bandmasters Association hosts the largest annual state bandmasters association convention in the country with over 6500 people in attendance, including 2400 band directors and more than 600 industry-related exhibit booths at the Annual Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/Clinic.

In our exhibit hall, music educators and other music industry professionals have the opportunity to meet with exhibitors who can provide them with products and services to benefit their band programs.

2012 Convention / Clinic

United States Marine Band "The President's Own"
Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band is America's oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, "The President's Own" is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances. "The President's Own" encompasses the United States Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, and Marine Chamber Ensembles, and performs regularly at the White House and for more than 500 public performances across the nation each year.

The Marine Band performs a varied repertoire including new works for wind ensemble, traditional concert band literature, challenging orchestral transcriptions, and the patriotic marches that made it famous. The band frequently features its members in solo performances that highlight their virtuosity and artistry.

The U.S. Air Force Band of the West
The USAF Band of the West is a musical organization with an outstanding record of achievement. The Airmen assigned to the band are highly-trained professional musicians who have dedicated themselves to serving their country through music. The USAF Band of the West travels more than 125,000 miles annually and provides over 300 performances to military and civilian audiences throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Louisiana. The band has been an integral part of the music scene in the Southwest for many years. The USAF Band of the West has performed for presidents, heads of state, and dignitaries from around the world earning an outstanding reputation among America's military bands.

323rd Army Band "Fort Sam's Own"
The 323d Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" is a premier Army musical performing organization located at historic Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. Its mission is to provide music thorughout the specturm of military operations in support of all units on Fort Sam Houston and the surrounding community; foster the support of our citizens, recruit our future warriors, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.

Date & Location

Date: July 20 - 23, 2012
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center - San Antonio, Texas

Convention Schedule

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Convention Promotional Flyer

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Board of Directors

  • President: Tom Harrington
  • President Elect: Alfredo VĂ©lez III
  • Vice President: Richard Herrera
  • Treasurer: Bruce Beach
  • Secretary: Steven Moore
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Jeff King
  • Immediate Past-President: Don T. Haynes, Jr.

Featured Concerts

  • "The President's Own" United States Marine Band
    Colonel Michael J. Colburn, Conductor
  • The U.S. Air Force Band of the West
    Captain Michael D. Hoerber, Conductor
  • U.S. Army Medical Command Band
    CW5 Douglas Paarmann, Comander
  • Heart of Texas Concert Band
    Dr. Mark Rogers, Conductor
  • Phi Beta Mu Directors' Band
    Greg Countryman, Organizer

Featured Composer


Johan de Meij
Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) studied trombone and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He has earned international fame as a composer and arranger. His catalogue consists of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and arrangements of film scores and musicals.

His Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings, based on Tolkien's best-selling novels of the same name, was his first composition for wind orchestra. It received the prestigious Sudler Composition Award in 1989. In 2001, the orchestral version was premiered by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The Lord of the Rings has been recorded by renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the North Netherlands Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and the Amsterdam Wind Orchestra. His cello concerto Casanova was awarded First Prize at the International Composition Competition of Corciano [Italy] in 1999. A year later, De Meij won the Oman International Composition Prize with The Red Tower. His Symphony No. 3, Planet Earth was awarded 2nd Prize in the 2006 edition of the Corciano Competition. He received the Dutch Wind Music Award 2007 for his important role in the worldwide advancement of the genre.

Besides composing and arranging, Johan de Meij is active as a performer, conductor, adjudicator and lecturer. As a trombone and euphonium player he has performed with the major orchestras and ensembles in The Netherlands, such as the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Dutch Brass Sextet, the Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam Wind Orchestra and Orkest 'De Volharding'. He has conducted some of the leading wind orchestras of Europe, Asia, North and South America and has led master classes around the world.

TBA Featured Clinician


Kevin Sedatole, Michigan State University
Kevin Sedatole serves as director of bands, professor of music, and chair of the conducting area at the Michigan State University College of Music. Prior to joining MSU, he was director of bands and associate professor of conducting at Baylor University. Previous to his appointment at Baylor he served as associate director of bands at the University of Texas and director of the Longhorn Band, and as associate director of bands at the University of Michigan and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Sedatole holds both the doctor of musical arts degree and master of music degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his bachelor of music degree from Baylor University. His publications include: One Hundred Years of the Michigan Marching Band, published by the University of Michigan Press; "Michael Daugherty's Niagara Falls: A Conductor's Analysis" and "Gordon Jacob's Music for a Festival: A Conductor's Analysis," both of which appeared inTeaching Music Through Performance in Band; and "Expressive Conducting: What We Should All Know to Be Musical Conductors," which appeared in the Texas Music Educators Association publication, Southwestern Musician.

Sedatole has conducted performances for the College Band Directors National Association, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, as well as performances in Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, for which he serves as Southwestern Division vice president, the American Bandmasters Association, the Big 12 Band Directors' Association, the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He holds honorary memberships in the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Band Fraternities, as well as the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Musicians Fraternity.