VERSAILLES – Ronda Stammen, band director at Versailles Exempted Village School, was recently elected to membership at the American School Band Directors’ Association (ASBDA) which was held in Lexington, Kentucky June 29- July 1.
The ASBDA is a national organizations composed of professionally trained, experienced directors and teachers of school bands whose purpose is to advance and improve music education of those students engaged in the study of band instruments. There were 55 band directors selected for membership this year in the United States.
Directors are selected on the basis of their teaching experiences, the success of their music programs, and the recommendation of members of this prestigious organization. The association consists of approximately 500 band directors from the United States, all of whom wish to cooperate with school administrative officials and educational organizations to provide a rewarding experience for each student of instrumental music. A major objective is to establish and maintain quality instrumental programs in schools nationwide.
During the national conference, members had discussions, forums, panels, speakers, lectures, technique demonstrations, clinics and performances by outstanding bands, All of which encourage the continued improvement and advancement of the school band directors. Some state chapters also have regular meetings or conferences where the members design and implement special projects.
Through active participation in ASBDA, members share ideas, strategies, hear new music, and attend clinics given by nationally known musicians, directors and clinicians. Sharing with other musically recognized directors from all over the United States brings a level of expertise that develops the individual director’s capabilities as a person, a teacher and a musician. Thus, the American School Band Directors’ Association provides benefits to the school and community as well as to the directors selected for membership. These 55 band directors were selected this year from, 19 states.