NSBA - Nebraska State Bandmasters Association

Upcoming Dates

8th Grade All-State - January 16, 2021
60th Annual Convention - March 4-6, 2021



8th Grade Band Auditions

Click here to submit auditions for 8th Grade Band. Good luck to everyone auditioning!

Launch NE Fine Arts Guidance 

Launch Nebraska, created by the Nebraska Department of Education, has released Fine Arts Guidance, a document dedicated to providing links to tools and resources to help arts educators as we restart school. Thanks to Debbie DeFrain, Fine Arts Education Specialist at NDE, for compiling this resource. 

State Marching Contest & Sanctioned Shows Cancelled

Please read this letter from Michael Schlake, Marching Band Chair, and Nathan LeFeber, President regarding the cancellation of State Marching and NSBA Sanctioned Shows.

Aerosol Study Preliminary Results available NOW! 

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.


The Nebraska Department of Education in conjuction with the Nebraska Music Education Association, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, and NSBA has released the Launch Nebraska Guidance for Summer Music Activities. It details guidance for safely resuming summer marching band, lessons/small group instruction (sectionals/drumline/guard), beginning band instrument demonstration/selection, and show choir choreography camp. This living document will be updated as necessary and invaluable for planning summer music. Visit launchne.com for more information.

Resources for Returning to School

We are compiling resources to aid directors in planning for returning to school this fall. Click here for a list of resources to help plan rehearsals and the rehearsal environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. This list will be updated as more resources become available.

Save the Date: NSBA State Jazz 2021

As many of us begin to put together our schedule for the next school year, I wanted to make sure that you had this date on your calendar as well.  The 2021 NSBA Jazz Festival will be held on Friday, April 9th and 10th and will be hosted by Kearney High School.  
We would love to see you at the 2021 NSBA Jazz Festival!  Please be on the lookout for important information and registration to be coming out in the future.

 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!

59th NSBA Convention Information

Click Here for Convention Information

Convention Session Handouts

2020-2021 Membership

Click here to become a member of NSBA.

NSBA Membership runs March 1, 2020-February 28, 2021.

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