Dear SEMBDA Members,
I hope your school year has been successful so far. I’m looking forward to the 2017 SEMBDA Honor Band Clinic, and working with each of you. I’m very excited about our lineup of clinicians. The clinic auditions will be Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Jones County Junior College. This band clinic itself will be Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017, at Jones County Junior College.
Our Gold Band clinician will be Dr. Ken Bodiford, director of bands at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, as well as the current director of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Dr. Bodiford was also executive director of the Spirit of JSU drum and bugle corps from 2001-2007.
Our Silver Band clinician will be Mr. Reuben McDowell, assistant band director at Pearl River Community College, and previous director of bands at Columbia High School. Our Bronze Band clinician will be Ms. Kim Bain, director of bands at Louis Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. And our Red Band clinician will be Mrs. Aimee Sudduth, assistant band director at Pearl High School.
We will also have two great band director clinics on the Friday night of SEMBDA clinic, January 27th. These two clinics will last approximately one hour each. Dr. Timothy Tesh, trumpet professor at USM, and Dr. Mark Waymire, Music Education professor at USM, will be our two presenters. I know they will both give wonderful clinics that will benefit us all as music educators. Please make plans to attend these two director clinics.
Please note that all members of SEMBDA are required to be involved in the audition process on January 5th. We will also need additional help in our audition assignments, whether it be judging or monitoring. If you know of anyone in the area who might be willing to help out with this, please let me know. If you have student teachers this semester, please talk to them about possibly helping judge auditions as well.
Thank you for all that you do. I look forward to making this a great SEMBDA clinic experience for both the students and directors. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Assistant Band Director, West Jones High School
2016-2017 SEMBDA President