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The Texas Bandmasters Annual Convention / Clinic

Celebrating our 67th Annual Convention | 1948 - 2014

For the past 67 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.

Convention Schedule

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2014 Convention / Clinic Highlights

Canadian Brass

Five tremendous brass musicians — each a virtuoso in his own right — form the legendary Canadian Brass. With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass - has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.”

Friends Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts rst came together in 1970 to form a brass quintet — a chamber music setting not entirely new, but never before having garnered the success and storied career Canadian Brass would achieve over the next 40 years. Initially, Gene took on the role of developing new repertoire while Chuck was the moving force in marketing, publishing and managing the group. Three empty chairs were quickly lled and together, the group’s imagination and consummate musicianship elevated the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Here was not only an opportunity to explore the possibilities of an all-brass chamber group but a challenge to bring the sound and the excitement of brass music to new audiences.

The varied Canadian Brass repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements created especially for them. These include the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters, Classical works, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway and Christian music as well as popular songs and standards. Having started with a very limited base, Canadian Brass has created their own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 200 works, including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, Luther Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Don Gillis and more. They have transformed a previously neglected group of instruments with a limited repertoire into a versatile and vital ensemble that can play everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin! Canadian Brass is especially noted for their famous Holiday Concerts at Christmastime and was at the forefront of re-establishing Scott Joplin with today’s audiences through their research, arrangements and recordings of his “rags” and other works.

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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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Austin Symphonic Band

Introducing the Austin Symphonic Band, the official band of the City of Austin. Under the baton of Music Director Richard Floyd, this Texas-based group has become one of this nation's premier volunteer concert bands. The band was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation's coveted Sudler Silver Scroll in 1993. The band's current season extends the band's tradition of bringing quality music to the Austin community with the continuation of our three-concert Indoor Concert Series. The Series features themed concerts and fine guest artists. As always, the band will present free concerts at the Zilker Park Hillside Theatre in the fall, on Mother's Day (on the South steps of the Capitol), and on Father's Day, as well as other events which will allow us to make music more accessible to the greater Austin community.

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Plano Community Band

The Plano Community Band is a volunteer organization made up of approximately 70 musicians from all walks of life who share a passion for music. The band performs a Spring concert and a Fall concert each year at the beautiful Eisemann Center in Richardson, but is best known for its Summer concerts at Haggard Park, abutting old downtown Plano. The Summer Series begins the first Monday in June, and performances at the park continue every other Monday evening for a total of five concerts. The band has themes for each concert including kids’ night, big band and a patriotic concert. The band also performs at the Plano Senior Center and the Plano Christmas Tree Lighting in Haggard Park.

The band rehearses every Monday night for two hours, and is fortunate enough to be able use the band hall at John Paul II High School in Plano. New members are invited to join the band in September and January. The band is a nonprofit organization sponsored in part by the Plano Cultural Affairs Commission and the City of Richardson Arts Commission. The band is supported by the City of Plano, City of Richardson, member dues and from generous donors in the community. There is never an admission charged for any of the band's public performances.

The Plano Community Band is a proud member of the Association of Concert Bands, an international organization dedicated to the advancement of adult community bands. The band has performed at several of their national conventions as well as hosted the conventions in 1992 and 2010.

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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 27 - 30, 2014
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center - San Antonio, Texas

Board of Directors

  • President: Richard Herrera
  • President Elect: Bruce Beach
  • Vice President: Steven Moore
  • Treasurer: Jeff King
  • Secretary: Chico Portillo
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: John Morrison
  • Immediate Past-President: Alfredo Vélez III

Bandmaster of the Year: Dan Gibbs

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Featured Performances

  • Canadian Brass
  • The U.S. Air Force Band of the West
    Captain Rafael Toro-Quinones, conductor
  • Austin Symphonic Band
    Richard Floyd, Conductor
  • Plano Community Band
    Tommy Guilbert, Conductor
  • U.S. Army Medical Command Band (Reading Session Performance)
    CW5 Douglas Paarmann, Comander
  • Phi Beta Mu Band

Featured Middle School Clinics

  • Hill Country 6th Grade Band - Cheryl Floyd
  • Kealing Middle School Band - UIL Picks: Mark Gurgel and Richard Floyd; Pedagogy - Robert Herrings
  • Mansfield Wind Symphony - Music of William Owensand Brian Balmages conducted by the composers
  • Beginner Band Clinics - Flute-Helen Blackburn; Clarinet-Tye Ann Payne; Trumpet-Gary Wurtz; Horn-David Brandon Euphonium/Tuba-Matthew Mireles; Percussion-J.D. Guzman
  • Additional clinics and panels focused on developing your middle school band

Featured High School Clinics

  • Marching Clinics - Johnson HS Band, Colorgaurd, and Drumline (North East ISD) Jarret Lipman
  • Forsan High School Band Marching and Concert Band Clinics - Jim Rhodes
  • Tom Bennett Ensemble Basics with Johnson and Reagan HS Bands
  • Spring HS Ensembles - Gabe Musella
  • Kingsville Mariachi Groups - Rolando Molina
  • Jazz Clinics
  • Technology Clinics

TBA Featured Clinician


Dr. Gary Garner
Dr. Gary Garner retired in 2002 after 39 years as Director of Bands at West Texas A&M University. He holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech and the Master of Music and DMA degrees from the University of Southern California.

He began his teaching career in Lubbock at Hutchinson Jr. High School and at Monterey High School. From there he went to the University of Southern California as marching band director for four years before accepting a position at WTAMU.

During his tenure the WTAMU Symphonic Band appeared a record ten times before the Texas Music Educators Association, twice at the national conventions of the College Band Directors National Association, and twice in Carnegie Hall, where famed New York Times critic John Rockwell called the band “remarkably accomplished” and termed their performance "a refreshing change from our usual provincial concert fare."

Garner has recorded an album for Crest Records with his sons Brad and Blair, "The First Family of Flute", and an album of flute trios with son Brad and the eminent flutist Julius Baker. He has traveled widely as guest conductor, clinician, and flute soloist.

Among the awards and honors he has received are: the WTAMU Faculty Excellence Award; the WTAMU Phoenix Club award for teaching excellence; the Minnie Piper Stevens Award; Amarillo High School Hall of Fame; Texas Bandmaster of the Year; Bohumil Makovsky Award for outstanding service to college bands; Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Bandmaster; and the Gene Hemmle Award as an outstanding music alumnus from Texas Tech. He was chosen the 2005 Honorary Lifetime Member of the Texas Bandmasters Association. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Percy Grainger Award and he was designated the 2012 Legendary Bandmaster by the Dallas Wind Symphony.

TBA Featured Composer


William Owens
William Owens (b. 1963) is a native of Gary, Indiana. He is a seasoned music educator and very active as a composer, clinician and conductor throughout the United States and Canada. His compositional style for young ensembles display a practical, erudite approach which has firmly established him as a leader in the field.

Since 1993, Mr. Owens has written over 150 commissioned and published works for concert band, string orchestra and small ensemble. His music has been performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Midwest Clinic, and appears on required music lists both nationally and abroad. Principal commissions include those from the the California Band Directors Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the South Plains College (TX) Department of Fine Arts and the Texas University Interscholastic League. His compositions Courtlandt County Festival and Maesonghave been recorded and analyzed in educational text by the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance In Band. Other works such as Carpathia, Ironclads, Summit Fanfare, The Blue Orchid and Three Scottish Vistas have become staples of the middle school band repertoire.

William is a 1985 graduate of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He is a consistent winner of the ASCAPlus award, and a two-time winner of the Forrest L. Buchtel Citation for Excellence in Band Composition. Professional memberships include the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Composers Forum (ACF), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and theAssociation of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB).

William serves as the Instrumental Editorial Assistant for the FJH Music Company and is the Conductor/Music Director of the Mansfield (TX) Wind Symphony. In January 2014, he retired from duty as a band director in Texas after 29 years of service. his spare time interests include sightseeing and reading, particularly motivational material and Presidential biography. He is an Chevrolet Corvette owner/enthusiast and a regular at car shows and auctions in north Texas.

William resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and best friend, Georgia.