Iowa Bandmasters Association
March 2020 eNews
2020 IBA Conference Registration is Open!
The conference registration portal is open for registration. About a week ago, current members received a personalized link to register. Didn't get it? Check your junk/spam folder for this message.

Reduced rates before April 15th!
Skip the Line!

***Things to remember about online conference registration

Everyone has a member ID, this connects to your membership information. Do Not create a new account as this will make you pay dues again.

College Student Members - do not create a new account when you start teaching, you already have a member ID.

If you cannot change your password because an email is incorrect, do not create a new account. Contact Liz Fritz and she will reset your password for you.

If you have had a name change, do not create a new account, we will help you update your information.

Please contact Steve or Liz if you think you need to have account updates, cannot login, have membership dues not showing.

You can print your online form or use the one in your IBA Magazine! and send a check or purchase order BEFORE April 15th.

Help us help you...Thanks!
Steve Cook, Liz Fritz and Tiffany Wurth

Statement from the Iowa Bandmasters Association Regarding the COVID-19 Outbreak
The Executive Board of the Iowa Bandmasters Association wishes to reassure IBA members, conference clinicians, and conference exhibitors that the 93rd Conference will be held as scheduled in Des Moines, IA, on May 14-16. The vast majority of our conference attendees are local to Iowa, and we continue to plan for a fantastic conference. 
Our conference host, the Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel, is currently operating normally, and a statement from Marriott Hotels is below. Any changes to the operating status of the hotel or the status of the conference will be communicated immediately to all registered conference attendees. Our thoughts and concerns are with those affected in China and globally. 
The IBA will continue to responsibly follow the guidance of the CDC, World Health Organization, and the Iowa Department of Public Health. For the most up-to-date information regarding the virus, please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Statement from the Des Moines Marriott Downtown:
We recognize that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is top of mind for many travelers. We are sharing the following information to help ensure that you have the information you need to plan your stay with us and are aware of our efforts to ensure a healthy stay.
The well-being of our guests and associates is of paramount importance. We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously. Our leadership team is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local health department updates regarding COVID-19 and following their recommendations on the appropriate health and safety measures. We have well-established hygiene standards and daily cleaning procedures for all parts of the hotel to address both general cleanliness and disinfection. In addition, it is our standard practice to provide ongoing guidance to our hotel teams to promote safety and well-being through awareness, training and the use of everyday preventative practices.
We recognize that the COVID-19 virus has required all of us to be more thoughtful as we go through our daily activities. Our associates are expected to follow the CDC recommendations for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases and we encourage you to share these practices with your team and your attendees. These include: 
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  
We greatly value our relationship with you and we are committed to ensuring that our hotel is a comfortable and safe environment for you. We will continue to keep a close watch on the latest developments related to COVID-19 and will follow the guidance of government and public health officials.

We are working now with Marriott to identify appropriate measures we can take at the conference. These will include increased availability of hand-sanitizing stations, a campaign to promote touch-less interactions with colleagues, and more.
We encourage all to continue with their plans for attendance as we continue to create another great IBA Conference.
Jayson Gerth
President, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Inc.
Conference Room Block
The Marriott room block is now available to make reservations for the conference.

Iowa Bandmasters Association 2020
Last Day to Book: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Des Moines Marriott Downtown for $134 USD per night
Online Voting for President-elect and Awards
The IBA election for President-elect and Karl L. King Awards will take place online, March 15 - April 1st.  Paper ballots are mailed to those who do not have email addresses. 

Jarrod O'Donnell, IBA Elections Chair
Online Voting - Election FAQ's
You must be a current PAID active or retired member to be eligible to vote.

You can check your membership status online. You must login to see the membership directory. When logging into the website remember to use your member ID that is listed in the membership directory. This will link your membership data.

If you are not sure you are a current member, check with Steve Cook

It is also vital to check your current IBA email. This is especially important if you have moved to a new school or recently retired. When it comes time for the vote, you should also check your spam/junk mail folder as this email is coming from a different delivery point in our system, different than this eNewsletter. 
Our March newsletter

... includes information on our latest webinar..."Group Travel Do's and Don'ts." Don't miss this interesting conversation about Educational Group Travel with Guy Blair and John Aboud.

You will also find information about the Arts Data Project.

or visit our website

Leon Kuehner, IAAE Executive Director
The Iowa Bandmasters Association Endowment Fund
Legacy, Advocacy, Future
A good deal of what we enjoy as band directors is the culmination of what others have done before us and much that will follow will be the result of what we do for students, fellow directors, and Iowa Bands.
As you register for the State Conference, please consider a contribution to the Iowa Bandmasters Association Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund is a nonprofit. All donations are tax deductible and used to further the purposes of the Iowa Bandmasters Association. Any amount is welcome.
Checks should be made out to “The IBA Endowment Fund” and mailed to:
Curt Ohrlund
Endowment Fund Treasurer
527 Plymouth St. NE
LeMars, IA 51031. 
Thank you for your consideration. All our best wishes for your continued success as a member of the nation’s Finest Bandmasters Association.
IBA Endowment Fund Committee
Gene Gross, Chair
Jerry Kinney - Celebration of Life - March 22nd
The Celebration of Life for Jerry Kinney is set for  Sunday, March 22, from 2-5 pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in West Des Moines.  All are invited to attend.
From NWIBA President Corbet Butler

Buena Vista has recently announced intentions to consider cutting their music education, music production, music performance, theatre performance, and chemistry majors from their academic catalogs. This concerns us in Northwest Iowa, as Buena Vista is one of the few active colleges that participates with the Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Association. Having benefited from their faculty and facilities over the past 30 years, the loss of their department would have long-lasting, negative effects on our district and state organizations.

Buena Vista’s Mission Statement is ”We prepare students for lifelong success through transformational academic, professional, and co-curricular programs”. Music plays such an important role in achieving that vision, and this decision impacts music majors and non-music majors alike. As music educators, I feel it is important for us to help others connect the impact of music to that vision back to the university.       

Advocacy is incredibly valuable at this point, and we feel it is important to hear from anyone that has been impacted by the music department at Buena Vista University. If you feel compelled to make a statement, please consider reaching out to Joshua Merchant, President of Buena Vista University, at . The department has been given a short period of time to illustrate the importance of their program with the university, and any correspondence from people impacted by the program will help them demonstrate the continuing need of music education, music performance, music production, theatre performance, and chemistry programs at Buena Vista University.

This impacts not only Northwest Iowa, but the entire state of Iowa by eliminating a potential program for our students to consider in their post-secondary decision making. Please join us in Northwest Iowa as we show support for our fellow music educators during this difficult time.

Thank you for your time and support.

Corbet Butler
President - Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Association
Storm Lake High School
Iowa Bandmasters Association
93rd Annual Conference
May 14 - 16, 2020