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The Texas Bandmasters Annual Convention / Clinic

Celebrating our 66th Annual Convention | 1948 - 2013

For the past 66 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.

2013 Convention / Clinic Highlights

The Salt River Brass
Picture thirty-six brass and percussion virtuosi crafting the upbeat brilliance of a military band, the full-throated sonorities of a symphony orchestra, and the warm intimate sounds of a chamber group.

This is the Salt River Brass, with the versatility to program everything from light classics and marches to show tunes, folk melodies, and jazz standards.

Founded by its musicians in January 1988, the Salt River Brass has thrilled audiences in the Valley's finest concert venues and received honors in three North American Brass Band Association competitions.

The SRB has presented outstanding guest soloists, ensembles, and conductors to valley audiences.

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The U.S. Air Force Band of the West
The United States Air Force Band of the West from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas is a musical organization with an outstanding record of achievement. Acclaimed as "great family entertainment...a most versatile group," the band has won the hearts of millions of music lovers throughout the United States. The Concert Band is the largest ensemble in the USAF Band of the West with approximately 45 musicians. Its repertoire consists of music from the Renaissance up to the present day and ranges from serious symphonic band literature to Broadway musicals, from Sousa marches to Top-40 hits. The members of the group are highly skilled professional musicians who come from colleges and universities across the nation to serve their country. The Concert Band is an annual feature in concerts and clinics at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, one of the nation's largest music educator gatherings for over 20 years. It has appeared in concert with the San Antonio, San Angelo, and Dallas Symphony Orchestras. The Band regularly performs before high-ranking military and civilian dignitaries. The band travels thousands of miles every year and performs at numerous events on military bases and media-sponsored tours throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Louisiana. It is also active in the San Antonio arts community and is featured in regular presentations of "Fiesta in Blue," for San Antonio's annual "Fiesta" celebration and "Holiday in Blue," during the holiday season. The USAF Band of the West Concert Band has earned a reputation as one of the finest military concert bands in America.

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Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony
Since its inception in 1999, the GDYO Wind Symphony has quickly grown to become one of the premier youth wind ensembles in the United States. A rigorous audition process selects the students in the ensemble during the spring prior to each season. The ensemble of 55 to 60 wind, brass and percussion players are high school seniors or younger. Directed by Dr. Nicholas Williams, the GDYO Wind Symphony rehearses three hours each Sunday afternoon throughout the academic year, with eight to nine rehearsals preparing for each of its concerts, which are performed throughout the DFW Metroplex. This year, over 25 area high schools are represented within the GDYO Wind Symphony.

The Wind Symphony has established close ties with America's premier wind band: the Dallas Wind Symphony. Each year they present a joint concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center. DWS principal players also serve as GDYO sectional coaches throughout the year. Every member of the GDYO Wind Symphony receives a complimentary ticket to the entire Meyerson subscription concert series of the Dallas Wind Symphony.

The GDYO Wind Symphony typically performs four annual concerts, all in the area's finest concert halls, including the Meyerson Symphony Center and The Dallas City Performance Hall. In April of 2002, the ensemble was featured on From The Top with host Christopher O'Riley for international radio broadcast, and was a featured ensemble at the 2002 Texas Bandmasters Convention/National Band Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The Wind Symphony also conducted an exchange with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (AYWS), having traveled to Atlanta and performed at Emory University in March 2006. This exchange concluded with the AYWS traveling to Dallas in March 2007 to participate in a masterclass and a finale concert featuring both ensembles and soloist Jeff Nelsen, horn player with the Canadian Brass. In June 2008, the Wind Symphony embarked on a thirteen-day tour to China. This highly successful tour had concerts in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai.

For more information about the GDYO Wind Symphony's concert schedule or the GDYO organization, please call 214-528-7747 or visit

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Boston Crusaders
The Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, founded in 1940, is the third-oldest junior drum and bugle corps in the nation and is proud to be a founding member of Drum Corps International. The corps, composed entirely of brass players, percussionists and color guard members under the age of 22, travels over 10,000 miles each summer, performing in more than 40 competitions and exhibitions before a combined audience of over 300,000 fans.

The Boston Crusaders are incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and are registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit Corporation, governed by a Board of Directors.

The Crusaders' mission is to provide its members an opportunity to reach their highest potential, both as a person and an artist. While providing a healthy balance between education and competition, the Crusaders seek to constantly challenge members to excel every day through a dynamic and unique combination of artistic, athletic, and life goals our members will not find elsewhere.

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Cedar Park Winds
Christopher Yee and Manuel C. San Luis founded the Cedar Park Winds in 2007. The band, made up of mostly band directors, private lesson teachers, and local professional musicians, is committed to sharing quality band music with young musicians in the Austin area.

In its brief history, the Cedar Park Winds has had the pleasure of working with some of the country's finest conductors and soloists. Through these opportunities, the band has grown rapidly in both quality and quantity.

Operating without charging members dues, the Cedar Park Winds provides two free concerts a year for Austin-area music students and their families and survives on audience donations alone.

The Cedar Park Winds is deeply to perform at this summer's 66th annual Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio, TX. With this performance, the Cedar Park Winds hopes to inspire music educators to create similar ensembles in communities throughout the state.

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323rd Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" (Reading Session Performance)
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.

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Date & Location

Date: July 21 - 24, 2013
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center - San Antonio, Texas

Convention Schedule

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Board of Directors

  • President: Alfredo VĂ©lez III
  • President Elect: Richard Herrera
  • Vice President: Bruce Beach
  • Treasurer: Steven Moore
  • Secretary: Jeff King
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Chico Portillo
  • Immediate Past-President: Tom Harrington

Featured Concerts

  • Boston Crusaders Drum Corps
  • Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony
    Dr. Nicholas Williams, Conductor
  • Salt River Brass
    Patrick Sheridan, Conductor
  • Cedar Park Winds
    Chris Yee, Conductor
  • The U.S. Air Force Band of the West
    Captain Michael D. Hoerber, Conductor
  • U.S. Army Medical Command Band (Reading Session Performance)
    CW5 Douglas Paarmann, Comander

TBA Featured Clinician


Eugene Migliaro Corporon, University of North Texas
Eugene Migliaro Corporon is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. As Director of Wind Studies he guides all aspects of the program, including the masters and doctoral degrees in Wind Conducting. Mr. Corporon is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and Claremont Graduate University. His performances have drawn praise from colleagues, composers and music critics alike. Having recorded over 600 works, including many premieres and commissions, his groups have released over 100 recordings on the Toshiba/EMI, Klavier, Mark, CAFUA, Donemus, Soundmark, GIA, Albany, Naxos, and Centaur labels. These recordings, two of which have appeared on the Grammy nomination ballot, are aired regularly on radio broadcasts throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Professor Corporon is a recipient of the International Grainger Society Distinctive Contribution Medallion, the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award, as well as the Phi Beta Mu International Band Conductor of the Year Award. He has also received the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Citation for advancing the cause of music in America, the University of North Texas Student Government Association Honor Professor Award for Teaching Excellence, Student Rapport, and Scholarly Publications, the American School Band Directors Association A. A. Harding Award for making significant and lasting contributions to the school band movement, and the California State University, Long Beach, College of Fine Arts and Department of Music Distinguished Alumni Awards.

TBA Featured Composer


Steven Bryant
Steven Bryant, the son of a professional trumpeter and music educator, composes music across a variety of media and ensembles, ranging from electronic and electro-acoustic works, to chamber music, to works for wind ensembles and orchestras. Steven strongly values music education, and his creative output includes a number of works for young and developing musicians.

Steven's music has been performed by numerous ensembles across North America, Europe, and East Asia. He is a three-time winner of the National Band Association's William D. Revelli Composition Award: in 2010 for Ecstatic Waters, in 2008 for Suite Dreams, and in 2007 for his work Radiant Joy. His first orchestral work, Loose Id for Orchestra, hailed by celebrated composer Samuel Adler as "orchestrated like a virtuoso," was premiered by The Juilliard Symphony and is featured on a CD release by the Bowling Green Philharmonia on Albany Records. Alchemy in Silent Spaces, a large-scale work commissioned by James DePreist and The Juilliard School was premiered by the Juilliard Orchestra in May 2006. Since its 2008 premiere, his seminal work for large ensemble and electronics Ecstatic Waters has become one of the most performed works of its kind in the world, receiving over 175 performances in four seasons.

Steven studied composition with John Corigliano at The Juilliard School, Cindy McTee at the University of North Texas, and Francis McBeth at Ouachita University, trained for one summer in the mid-1980s as a breakdancer, and has a Bacon Number of 1. He resides in Durham, NC.

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