Nebraska State Bandmasters Association

est. 1962

The Nebraska State Bandmasters Association was founded as an unincorporated educational organization in 1962. The organization was founded for anyone interested in the improvement of school bands. The association's origin is attributable to the enthusiasm expressed by many bandmasters in the State of Nebraska for such a state group.


The Corporation is organized to promote the education of youth and the improvement of school bands by providing experiences and information to aid the teachers of wind and percussion instruments. Further, it is concerned with matters which make for a professional climate in the State of Nebraska, in order to attract and retain quality teachers.


The Corporation's major activity will be an annual convention for the membership which will afford an opportunity for workshops, clinics, demonstrations, and lecture sessions toward the above named purpose. The discussion of professional problems in both formal and informal situations is recognized as a valuable contribution to these activities. Its members affirm their full support for the existing professional groups in our state. Active membership in N.S.B.A., N.M.E.A., and the full support of the N.S.A.A. as District Music Contest sponsor is a basic tenet of the group. The effective channels these organizations provide and the excellent liaison between them are fully appreciated by the NSBA membership. The corporation believes that its efforts can best be evaluated by the ultimate contribution which the band makes to schools, communities, and the education of youth.


The Nebraska State Bandmasters Association was born on January 6, 1962, the meeting being held at Pershing Municipal Auditorium at 3:00 p.m. [An invitation for the first organizational meeting was carried in the December issue of the Nebraska Music Educator magazine. Presiding was David Fowler of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The following were in attendance:


Fred A. Semin, Brainard

B. A. "Bud" Johnson, Syracuse

Kenneth Johnson, Columbus

Richard Kucera, Robin Mickle Junior High, Lincoln

Orlan Thomas, University High School, Lincoln

Jack Snider, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Duane Schulz, Northeast High School, Lincoln

Paul Austin, Southeast High School, Lincoln

Phil Murphy, Lincoln Pius X High School, Lincoln

William Wurtz, Schuyler

James Imig, Nebraska City

Paul Parker, Omaha Westside

Robert Maag, Waverly

Lumir Havlicek, Dorchester

Dr. James M. King, Hastings College

Arthur Schrepel, Pawnee City

Byron Havlicek, Columbus


Three committees came as a result of this organizational meeting:


Organizing

Constitution

Convention Program


Byron Havlicek was appointed Treasurer Pro Tem and was authorized to receive dues in the amount of $5.00. A convention was planned for June 1-2, 1962 at the Nebraska Union on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.


Since several persons in the organizing committee for the first convention were also members of the Nebraska Marching Band Festival Committee (Pershing Auditorium), the Festival committee under the direction of Phil Murphy allocated $300 to NSBA for the first year's program. The Nebraska Marching Band Festival Committee donated over $11,000 to the NSBA until 1985, when NSBA became financially able to support themselves.

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE NEBRASKA STATE BANDMASTERS ASSOCIATION (REVISED JANUARY 12, 2002)



ARTICLE I - Name


The name of the Corporation is Nebraska State Bandmasters Association.


ARTICLE II - Purpose


The Nebraska State Bandmasters Association was founded as an unincorporated educational organization in 1962. The organization was founded for anyone interested in the improvement of school bands. The association's origin is attributable to the enthusiasm expressed by many bandmasters in the State of Nebraska for such a state group.


The Corporation is organized to promote the education of youth and the improvement of school bands by providing experiences and information to aid the teachers of wind and percussion instruments. Further, it is concerned with matters which make for a professional climate in the State of Nebraska, in order to attract and retain quality teachers.


The Corporation's major activity will be an annual convention for the membership which will afford an opportunity for workshops, clinics, demonstrations, and lecture sessions toward the above named purpose. The discussion of professional problems in both formal and informal situations is recognized as a valuable contribution to these activities.


Its members affirm their full support for the existing professional groups in our state. Active membership in N.S.B.A., N.M.E.A., and the full support of the N.S.A.A. as district Music Contest Sponsor is a basic tenet of the group. The effective channels these organizations provide and the excellent liaison between them are fully appreciated by the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association (N.S.B.A.) membership.


The corporation believes that its efforts can best be evaluated by the ultimate contribution which the band makes to schools, communities, and the education of youth.


ARTICLE III - Members Section


1. Membership.


The Corporation shall have the following membership: (a) Active membership shall be open to men or women of established personal and professional integrity and reputation, who are active in supervision or teaching of wind and percussion instruments, or who are directing bands. (b) Associate membership shall be open to music dealers or anyone interested in the Corporation. Associate members do not have voting privileges. (c) Student membership, without voting privileges, shall be open to Music Education students in Nebraska Colleges. (d) Honorary Life Membership shall be given to all retiring directors.


Section 2. Annual Business Meeting.


The Annual Business Meeting of the members shall be held in conjunction with the annual spring convention in the month of March each year as scheduled by the board of Directors, beginning with the year 1988, for the purpose of transacting business as may come before the meeting. Notice of the annual meeting of the members shall be mailed not less than ten (10) days prior to the annual meeting to all members.


Section 3. Special Meetings.


Special meetings of the members, for any purpose or purposes, unless otherwise prescribed by statute, may be called by the President or by the Board. Members shall be given notification, including an agenda, not less than ten (10) days prior to any special meeting.


Section 4. Place of Meeting.


The President or Board may designate any place, either within or without Lincoln, Nebraska, as the place of meeting for any annual meeting or for any special meeting. If no designation is made, or is a special meeting be otherwise called, the place of meeting shall be the registered office of the Corporation in Fremont, Nebraska.


Section 5. Quorum.


The members present at a duly called meeting of the members entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum at a meeting of the members.


Section 6. Parliamentary Authority.


The rules contained in Roberts Rules of Order (revised) shall govern the Corporation in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the Bylaws of the Corporation.


ARTICLE IV - Membership Dues


The membership dues of this Corporation shall be set at the Annual Business Meeting.


ARTICLE V - Board of Directors


Section 1. General Powers.


Policy formulation, management, and general administration of the Corporation are vested in its Board of Directors (herein the "Board"). The board shall be comprised of directors who are elected in accordance with the remaining provisions of these Bylaws.


Section 2. Election and Number.


The directors shall be elected by majority vote of the membership and shall consist of at least three persons. Any vacancy occurring in the Board may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining directors, though less than a quorum of the board. Any director may be reelected after the expiration of such director's term. A director elected to fill a vacancy shall hold office for the un-expired term of his predecessor in office. The term of office for all Board members shall begin at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting.


Section 3. Quorum.


A majority of the directors then holding office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The act of a majority of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board. No director shall vote by proxy.


Section 4. Committees.


The directors, by resolution adopted by a majority of the directors in office, may appoint one or more committees in the manner prescribed in Article VIII from among the members. Committees as so established shall have those duties provided in such resolution or in these Bylaws, provided, however, no such committee shall have the power to amend, alter, or repeal these Bylaws; to elect, appoint, or remove any member of any such committee or any officer or director of the Corporation; to amend or restate the Articles of Incorporation; to adopt a plan of merger or consolidation with another corporation; to authorize the sale, lease, exchange, or mortgage of all or substantially all of the property or assets of the Corporation; to authorize the voluntary dissolution of the Corporation or to revoke such proceedings; to adopt a plan for distribution of the assets of the Corporation; or to amend, alter or repeal any resolution of the Board, which by its terms provides that it shall not be amended, altered, or repealed by such committee. The designation and appointment of any such committee and the delegation thereto of authority shall not operate to relieve the Board, or any individual director, of any responsibility imposed upon it or such director by law.


Section 5. Meetings.


The directors shall have the power to hold meetings, regular or special, either within or without the State of Nebraska, at such time and place as they may deem proper. Notices of special meetings shall be mailed to the last recorded address of each director at least two (2) days in advance. Regular meetings of the directors may be held without notice at such time and place as the Board may by resolution determine. The President shall, at the request In writing of a majority of the directors, issue a call for the special meeting of the directors. Additionally, the President is empowered to call a meeting of the Board at any time. Attendance of a director at any meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting except when a director attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened. Neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of, any regular or special meeting of the directors need be specified in the notice or waiver of such meeting. All meetings of the Board shall be open to the membership of the Corporation.


Section 6. Indemnification.


The Corporation shall indemnify and hold harmless each director and each officer of the Corporation against and from all loss, cost, and reasonable expenses hereafter incurred by such director or officer in the payment, settlement, or defense of any claim, suit, or proceeding brought against such person because of any action alleged to have been taken or omitted by such person as such director or officer. Such indemnification shall not apply with respect to any matter as to which such director or officer shall be determined by decree of a court of competent jurisdiction to be liable for willful misconduct.


ARTICLE VI - Officers and Class Representatives


Section 1. Number.


The officers of this Corporation shall be President, President-Elect (Vice President), Immediate Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Marching Band Chairman, Membership Chairman, Public Relations Chairman, Awards Chairman, Concert Band Chairman, Junior High/Middle School Chairman and such other officers and assistant officers as may be deemed necessary. All officers shall be elected, except for the President and Immediate Past-President, who shall be officers by virtue of the office previously held. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person, except the offices of President and Secretary or President and President-Elect (Vice President). There shall be seven elected Class representatives: AA, A, B, C, D, Elementary- Middle and College-University. Class representatives are not officers.


Section 2. Election of Officers.


The officers of the Corporation shall be elected annually by the general membership. Officers shall be elected for staggered three year terms, with the exception of the President-Elect, who shall serve consecutive one-year terms as President and Immediate Past-President. Nominations shall be submitted by a nominating committee appointed by the President-Elect. Voting shall be by secret ballot. Each elected officer shall hold office until his successor is elected and qualified, or until his death, resignation, or removal, in the manner hereinafter provided.


Section 3. Election of Class Representatives.


The class representatives shall be elected annually by the Corporation members in their respective classes at a specific time during the annual spring convention. Each elected class representative shall hold office until his successor is elected and qualified, or until his death, resignation or removal, in the manner hereinafter provided.


Section 4. Removal.


Any officer or class representative may be removed by a two-thirds vote at a regular or special meeting of the members whenever in their judgment the best interests of the Corporation would be served thereby, but such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the person so removed.


Section 5. Vacancies.


A vacancy in an office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or otherwise may be filled by the Board for the unexpired portion of the term.


Section 6. Duties.


All officers and class representatives shall perform their duties in conformity with policies determined by the Board. The President shall maintain a document separate from the Bylaws, describing the duties of all officers and class representatives.


ARTICLE VII - Loans, Checks and Deposits


Section 1. Contracts.


The Board may authorize any officer or officers or agents to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.


Section 2. Loans.


No loans shall be contracted on behalf of the Corporation, unless authorized by resolution of the Board and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.


Section 3. Checks.


All checks, drafts, or other orders for payment of money, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the Corporation, shall be signed by one or more officers or agents of the Corporation and in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Board.


Section 4. Deposits.


All funds of the Corporation not otherwise employed shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Board may select.