Idaho Bandmasters Association

Idaho Bandmasters Association


Like so many of my colleagues across the country, the University of Central Missouri Bands will need to cancel its in-person 2020 Festival of Champions marching band competition. However, I am very happy to announce that we will be offering a FREE Virtual Edition for directors to keep their students engaged in this competitive and non-competitive event.

Directors, please check out the details by visiting this link in my Google Drive:

This event is open to any size band program anywhere in the country. As of today, we have 62 bands registered for 75 total performance slots.

Stay safe, and continue to make great experiences for your students!
Taggart Lewis... When you're only in it for the glitter.
IBA 2018:
"That kids in it for the glitter." - Taggart Lewis

"I mean... The goal is to try to make your basement smell better, right?" - Casey Emerson
Relaxing after golf.
Ready for the conference!
Excellent golfing today, directors!
Friendly Reminder!
Next year's cybmal session!
IBA - Thank you for the opportunity to spend time with you. Let's do it again!

The Idaho Bandmasters Association is an organization of band directors to help create stronger bands across the state of Idaho.

The Idaho Bandmasters Association is an organization of band directors searching for networking and professional development opportunities to further develop their teaching ability, and help create stronger bands across the state of Idaho.

Operating as usual


We had a fun time golfing at Pebble Ponds. This year's champions are TJ and Kevin.


Frank Battisti's top ten works for band (grades 4-6).
From "Rehearsing the Band" (John E. Williamson).


Eugene Corporon's top ten works for band (grades 4-6).
From "Rehearsing the Band" (John E. Williamson)


Venovas in the park. 🤦‍♂️🙉


Thank you to all of our clinicians for an awesome day of workshops! 🎷🎺🥁


We can "Acclaim" that today's sight reading wasn't a "Cataclysm" or "Boom and Bust." In fact, it was "Celtic Air and Dance No. 4." 🙃


Golfing is going great today at the Idaho Bandmasters conference.


Chris Castellanos

Is there ANYTHING the amazing James Morrison can't sound awesome on?? Well, maybe that last one ... hahaha


American Bandmasters Association


Idaho Bandmasters Association


Idaho Bandmasters Association's cover photo


Zach Buie is closing out our conference by teaching us how to prepare our brass students for success!


A huge shout out and thank you to for our delicious dinner both last night at City Park and tonight at Johnny Carinos!


Ending our day 2 with a splash!


Having a great time at our second summer conference! Lots of learning, lots of sharing, and probably too much laughing.


Complicated Drumming: Polynesian nightmare - Breakdown

In honor of the 26 Rudiments of Drumming presentation by Scott Farkas here's a giggle for the day.


For the lost!


Dr. Peter Holsberg is here with us all the way from the east coast working our directors during our opening session. (Scott Farkas makes a great Vanna White!)


Who won? Wasn't me...


Golf Scramble in progress!


Time is running out to Pre-register for 2017 Idaho Bandmasters Conference! On site registration will be available, but your nametag won't be nearly as cool.

Our Keynote Speaker this year comes to us all the way from the east coast. Dr. Peter Holsberg!!!!

Peter Holsberg currently serves as the Arts Director and Chair of Music at The Berkeley Carroll School, a Pre-K-12 independent school in Brooklyn, NY. At BCS, Dr. Holsberg created an all-inclusive, highly successful music program spanning the middle and upper schools, now in its eighth year. Prior to coming to BCS, Dr. Holsberg was the founder of the award-winning music program at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, NJ. Dr. Holsberg is passionate about instrumental music, music education and arts education at all levels; and in addition to his position at BCS, serves on the music and music education faculties at Nyack College and Teachers College, Columbia University. His school ensembles have received gold medal ratings in festivals throughout North America. Dr. Holsberg writes and arranges music for band, jazz ensemble, salsa band and marching band, recently premiering Passacaglia and Chorale, his original composition for band. Dr. Holsberg has served on the governing board of the Master Teacher Collaborative of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and was named a Master Teacher by that organization. A published author, he has written articles for The Instrumentalist and the NJMEA’s Tempo Magazine. Dr. Holsberg’s eclectic career as a professional trumpet player has carried him across the globe: in New York City and throughout North America and Europe, his credits include the Broadway shows Cats, Carousel, Crazy for You, Camelot, and A Chorus Line as well as numerous performances with regional symphonies, jazz and chamber ensembles, salsa bands, and popular music artists, including the Motown legends The Temptations. Nominated for a third time for the Music Educator Grammy Award, Dr. Holsberg was a semifinalist in 2016. Dr. Holsberg holds degrees from Columbia University, SUNY Stony Brook, and Duquesne University.


Zach will be at IBA in a few weeks to lay some knowledge on us!!! Sign up at to get in on our sweet convention. Free meals, good times, cheap credits through CSI!!!!

Zach Buie works as a trumpet performer and educator in Salt Lake City, where he is a doctoral student and teaching assistant at The University of Utah. He previously served as the Director of Bands for the Marfa Independent School District in the international arts destination of Marfa, Texas. Zach has performed extensively throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and Asia. He can be heard on numerous recordings in classical, jazz, rock, soul, and funk styles. He currently performs as a substitute with the Utah Symphony and freelances throughout the region. Zach is a former member of the Round Rock and Waco Symphonies in Texas. He has also performed with orchestras in Austin, Brazos Valley, San Antonio, and Longview, as well as The Dallas Winds, Imperial Brass, Salt Lake Choral Artists, the Utah Wind Symphony, and various big bands. From 2010 to 2014, Zach performed and toured with Soul Track Mind, a 7 piece original soul/funk outfit based in Austin. He was featured on three of their albums while being recognized by The New York Times Magazine and The Huffington Post as leaders in the resurgence of soul music. This project led to performances at South by Southwest Music Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, and countless venues from Atlanta to Los Angeles.

As an educator, Zach has presented masterclasses at numerous high schools in Texas, Utah, and Idaho. His students have been accepted into the Texas All-State concert bands and jazz band, the Korean Summer Youth Orchestra, The National Trumpet Competition, and into the music schools of Northwestern University, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Utah, and the University of Texas. During graduate school, Zach worked as a teaching assistant at Baylor University where he taught applied trumpet lessons to music majors and minors. In his new role at the University of Utah, Zach has taught the high brass methods course for music education majors and led numerous sectional rehearsals for the orchestra and wind ensemble. He has also served as a clinician and adjudicator for school music programs throughout Texas. In the Fall of 2017, Zach will begin serving as the Adjunct Instructor of Brass and Director of Jazz Ensembles at Western Wyoming College. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master´s in trumpet performance from Baylor University.


Dr. Lane Weaver is presenting two session at this summers IBA conference!!! Pre-Register online

Dr. Lane Weaver is Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at Utah State University where he directs the Aggie Marching Band, the Basketball Pep Band, and the Trombone Choir. Dr. Weaver also teaches applied low brass lessons.

Dr. Weaver is an active arranger of athletic band and brass choir music. His work has been performed by several universities in the Midwest, west, and south. Dr. Weaver’s writing has been published in the second volume of Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band, and he has presented workshops on the use of vocalization and singing by instrumentalists.

Prior to his appointment at USU, Dr. Weaver served as Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. During his tenure the FHSU Athletic Bands earned a reputation among the most active and exceptional athletic band programs in all of Division II athletics. Dr. Weaver is an advocate of new brass ensemble music. Under his direction the FHSU Brass Choir commissioned compositions by Jeff Jordan and Nathan Brown and premiered many of Dr. Weaver’s arrangements of works by the likes of Philip Sparke, James Curnow, and James Meador. The FHSU received invitations to perform by the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Kansas Music Educators Association. Dr. Weaver was recently featured as soloist for the world premiere of Nathan Froebe's Lucid Dreams for Trombone and Concert Band. International concert performances as a conductor and trombone soloist include appearances in Australia (Sydney Opera House), New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England, Ireland, and Canada. Dr. Weaver has also served as an Assistant Band Director at the University of Notre Dame and as a music pastor.

Dr. Weaver maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and adjudicator and enjoys visiting high school and junior high band programs.

Originally from southeast Idaho, Dr. Weaver holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Utah State University, a Masters of Music in trombone performance from the University of Notre Dame, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the University of Kentucky. He is married to Elizabeth Weaver (USU '99 - Early Childhood Education) and has three children - Luke, Grace, and Daniel.


Have you signed up yet for this summer's conference? Here is a look at what we have lined up for you! 😁 Visit to enroll! 03/29/2017


2017 Registration is Now Open!

IBA's second annual convention will take place at the College of Southern Idaho this July.
Kick off will be Wednesday July 5th with a golf scramble (no golf expertise nessicary, trophy up for grabs!). Sessions will run July 6th - July 8th with our closing business banquet at noon on Saturday. Conference and membership total cost $90, CSI credits available $30 each.

Retired teachers and college students get in 100% FREE.

Session proposal and/or recommendation form is also open on the website. Session proposals accepted through April 30th. No suggestion or proposal is unworthy, we want to hear what you're doing!

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Good Evening, Masters of Band!

We will be hosting a reading session for those attending the All-State Conference/Convention in November!

Please let me know if there are any JWPepper titles that you would like included in the reading session. I plan on pulling some titles from Dr. Helmick's forgotten gems presentation, but we can work in pieces for smaller bands, and middle school if people are interested!

Hope to see you all in November!


Greetings Bandmasters!!!!!!

If you were at the summer conference, you should have recieved an email with details about the CSI credits. Please check to be sure you got that email, as we are needing more information from everyone to process said credits.

Let me know if you did not get the email.

Happy Tuesday!


Lunch at the dock. Burgers by Dunkleys! Yum!!!


Fark n snares


A blurry, post city band concert dinner picture.


Rehearsal techniques with Colin Brien


Rehearsal techniques with Colin Brien


We are underway!!!!

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Venovas in the park. 🤦‍♂️🙉
Golfing is going great today at the Idaho Bandmasters conference.
Ending our day 2 with a splash!
Having a great time at our second summer conference! Lots of learning, lots of sharing, and probably too much laughing.




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