NSBA - Nebraska State Bandmasters Association

Upcoming Dates

60th Annual Convention (Virtual) - March 6, 2021
Virtual Concert Band Festival - March 31, 2021

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60th NSBA Convention

March 6, 2021 | Online

Convention Printable Schedule

Saturday, March 6

9:00 a.m. Opening Keynote - Inspire Excellence: Achieving the Most From Every Lesson - Bruce Pearson

10:00 a.m. Jazz Theory for "The Rest of Us" - Dean Sorenson

10:00 a.m. Finding Success in Beginning Band - Bob and Julie Krueger

10:00 a.m. Show Me (How to Get the Money): A New Look at Federal Funds for Music Education - Dr. Dave Gerhart, Marcia Neel, and Heather Mansell

10:45 a.m. Preparing Your Student for Their Honor Band Audition - Stacy Bean and Jim Kucera

10:45 a.m. Building Positive Relationships with Your Choir Colleagues - Brian Botsford

10:45 a.m. Building a Successful Jazz Program in a Small School - Mike Sindt

11:30 a.m. Marching Band: Perspectives from Teaching in Large and Small Schools - Bill Kellett

11:30 a.m. Successful Teaching in Small Schools - Duane DeVries

11:30 a.m. Improve Your Percussion Section by Fixing Things That Drive You Nuts! - Bob Snider

12:15 p.m. Closing Keynote - What the Pandemic Has Taught Us as Teachers and Musicians - Michael Haithcock

1:15 p.m. Annual Business Meeting

2:30 p.m. Phi Beta Mu Business Meeting


Registration open for the 2021 NSBA Marching Season

Click here to register for the 2021 NSBA State Marching Contest & Sanctioned Shows.

2021 NSBA Sanctioned Shows

Saturday, September 18 - The Wildcat Classic (at Millard South's Buell Stadium)

Saturday, September 25 - The Titan Invitational (at Papillion-LaVista South HS)

Saturday, October 2 - The Capitol City Band Championships (at Seacrest Field, Lincoln)

Saturday, October 9 - The Chieftain Invitational (at Bellevue East HS)

Saturday, October 16 - The Omaha Marching Invitational (at Burke HS)

Saturday, October 23 - NSBA State Marching Contest

  • Competition Site at Buell Stadium
  • Festival Site East at Seacrest Field
  • Festival Site West at Kearney High School

Entries due Saturday, September 11. Enter your band today!


Renew Your Membership or Become a Member Today!

Renew your NSBA Membership or join NSBA by clicking here. Membership runs March 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022.

Active Members: $65

Collegiate Members: Free

First-time Members: Free

Retired Members: Free

Remember, you must be an NSBA member to attend the 60th Annual Convention (Virutal), the Virtual StateConcert Band Festival, the Virutal State Jazz Festival, have students audition for 8th Grade All-State, participate in the NSBA State Marching Contest and/or Sanctioned Shows.

Renew or join today!


State Jazz Festival

Registration for the 2021 Virtual State Jazz Festival Dates held on April 9th and 10th, 2021 is open! Click here to go to the Jazz Festival Page for more information.

This year, the NSBA State Jazz Festival will provides a non-competitive environment that serves all levels of ensembles in the state of Nebraska—middle school, high school, and college/university groups. 


Register for the 2021 Virtual Concert Band Festival!

Registration for the 2021 Virtual Concert Band Festival opens at 8 a.m. (Central) on Thursday, December 10, 2020. For more information, including clinician biographies, click here to go to the Concert Band Festival page. We encourage you to participate in this virtual festival with feedback from four outstanding band directors!


Aerosol Study Third Release of Preliminary Results available NOW! 

The third release of preliminary results of the aerosol study are available here. These results are strictly for general consideration. Guidance information will be available soon!


NSAA COVID-19 Resources

The Nebraska Schools Activities Association published a list of COVID-19 resources here. Click on General Information. NSAA partnered with NSBA, NMEA, Nebraska Choral Directors Association (NCDA), and the Nebraska Music Teachers Association (affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association - MTNA) for this list of resources.


E-Learning Ideas

I hope that you are all well, and coping well with your changing teaching environments and situations.
We have been working on a way for NSBA members to brainstorm and share our ideas for how to adjust our teaching with the circumstances around the COVID-19 virus.  Although all of our scenarios are different, as are our districts' approaches to this situation, I invite you to share your ideas with the membership.  If you want to provide your contact information (in case someone would like to get a hold of you regarding your idea) you may, thought it's not required.
Two links:
Also, Dan Masters from the NSAA provided us with copyright information, as laid out by the NFHS.  Click here to read their copyright advice.
Again, please stay well, and I hope you share some of your ideas!


Brian Anderson Inducted into NMEA Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Anderson who joins prestigious company in the Hall of Fame!

Read more about Brian, an NSBA Past President and his career here.


2019 State Marching Band Results