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Pre-Conference Forms

The following Pre-Conference Forms are now available on the IBA Website. We hope you will consider contributing to the conference through the following opportunities:

Clinic Session Application , Due Nov. 15, 2019

Band Performance Application , Due Dec. 6, 2019

Lobby Concerts
If you have a chamber ensemble (student or adult) that would like to perform a lobby concert at our 93rd Conference, please e-mail IBA President Jayson Gerth ( ) by November 29, 2019. Follow up with a sample recording of the ensemble by December 20, 2019. (Mp3 by e-mail preferred).
What is Title IV, Part A and Should I Apply?
If you are seeking funds to create opportunities for your students, you should consider applying for a grant through Title IV, Part A. 
First, let us review the history of this fund. In 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act. Then in 2015, President Obama signed the more improved Every Student Success Act (ESSA), which has provided over $1 billion for Title IV, targeting these three areas:
  1. Provide students with a well-rounded education
  2. Promote safe and healthy students
  3. Support the effective use of technology
Each state will receive an allocation from the flexible block grant. In October, the state will distribute funds to each school district with a minimum of $10,000 . All expenditures must be supplemental, not supplanting, in nature. In other words, if your district is currently supporting an area of your program, then funds cannot be switched over to Title IV for payment.

Allowable uses for Title IV, Part A money:
  1. To pay the salary of a new teacher to expand curricular options
  2. Funds to create an after-school club, supplies and staffing
  3. Purchase additional instruments for a growing program
  4. Cover registration/lodging for professional development (limited to 15% of district’s allocation)
  5. Implement new fine arts standards through professional development, materials and aids

Please check the following websites for more information:

Start talking to your administrators to discuss the possibilities. The months to apply online are November, January, April and July. I would be more than happy to help! Please start planning now to make use of this opportunity! 

Jane Triplett
Arts Advocate
Happy October!

A short parable:
One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.

Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.

The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”

The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”

The moral of the story: YOU MATTER. These two words -- this simple sentence -- is extremely powerful. For many, these two words are a grounding force that stand as a reminder that we all can (and do) make a difference. When you feel like you're just going through the motions, remember that you matter. It may not be for everyone all the time, but you make a difference for your students, their families, and your school community.

As a final note, I follow Angela Maiers on Twitter (@AngelaMaiers). She presented a TEDx Talk on this topic in Des Moines 8 years ago. ( I encourage you to check it out!  

Jayson Gerth, President
Iowa Bandmasters Association
93rd Annual Conference
May 14-16, 2020
Interested in submitting an application to perform at the conference?
Find the form on the website in the Conference Menu > Pre-Conference Forms