The Texarkana, Texas Independent School District will host the Four States Bandmasters Convention & Clinic on Thursday, January 14, through Saturday, January 16. 

An expected 350 students along with directors representing 54 schools from the Four States area will be in attendance.

The Four States Bandmasters Convention & Clinic brings together the musical abilities of area students who have been nominated to the Four States Honor Band by area band directors. During the course of the convention, students audition for one of three bands:  jazz, concert and symphonic.

Following their concert assignment, students rehearse on a daily basis and present a series of concerts to the community which will be held on Saturday at 2PM at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center & John Thomas Theatre.  Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Band conductors for the concert series are chosen by the Four States Bandmasters.  This year’s conductors will be: Kris Berg, Director of Jazz Studies for Collin College (Four States Jazz Band); Dr. Jeff Emge, Director of Wind Ensemble and Associate Professor of Music for University of Texas at Tyler (Four States Concert Band); and Damon S. Talley, Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music for Louisiana State University (Four States Symphonic Band).

Here is the schedule of events:

Thursday, January 14:

1PM                    Registration Desk Opens (Sullivan Performing Arts Center)

2PM                    Exhibitor Set-Up (Sullivan Performing Arts Center)

2PM                    All Honor Band Participant Meeting (Texas High Band Hall)

2:15 – 5PM        Auditions

6PM                    Results of Auditions posted (Sullivan Performing Arts Center)

6:30 – 9PM        Rehearsals/Exhibits Open

Jazz Band (Texas High School Band Hall II)

Concert Band (Texas High School Band Hall)

Symphonic Band (Sullivan Performing Arts Center Stage)

 

Friday, January 15:

8:30AM                    Registration (Sullivan Performing Arts Center)

8:30 – 11:30AM      Rehearsals (Texas Middle & Texas High School Band Halls,

Sullivan Performing Arts Center)

8:30 – Noon              Exhibit Opens (Sullivan Performing Arts Center)

9:30 – 10:45AM      Clinic – “RhythmBee”

Presented by:  Dr. A.N. “Buzzy” Green

1:30 – 5PM        Rehearsals/Exhibit Opens

2:30 – 3:45PM        Clinic – “The New Diana Texas High School Band Program”

Presented by:  George Little

 

Saturday, January 16:

8:30 – 11:30AM      Rehearsals (Texas Middle & Texas High School Band Halls,

Sullivan Performing Arts Center)

2PM                   Concert Series (John Thomas Theatre)

Admission is free & the public is invited to attend