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Mississippi Bandmasters Association June 15-17, 2015 Summer Band Directors Workshop Pearl High School - Pearl, MS Sponsored by Mississippi State University Registration is $25 CEUs Available Registration and Information August 22, 2015 MBA Fall Meeting 2:00 PM - Jackson Area September 26, 2015 Gulf Coast Invitational Biloxi High School Biloxi, MS Application and Info October 10, 2015 MHSAA State Marching Evaluation Region I - Tupelo High School Region II - Grenada High School Region III - EMCC Hosted by Meridian HS Region IV - Pearl High School Region V - Gulfport High School October 24, 2015 MHSAA / MBA State Marching Championships CLASS 1A/3A/5A Pearl High School October 31, 2015 MHSAA / MBA State Marching Championships CLASS 2A/4A/6A Clinton High School December 9-12, 2015 MBA State Band Clinic Natchez, MS April 4-13, 2016 MHSAA State Concert Evaluations April 6-9 (Tentative) Central Region @ Pearl HS April 11-13 (Tentative) North Region @ Tupelo HS South Region @ Oak Grove HS
Directors: Today (April 9) we met with the MHSAA Board of Directors and presented the Regional State Concert Band Evaluation Proposal.  The proposal passed with a unanimous vote.  The Board of Directors and Mr. Hinton had great things to say about the MBA and the manner in which we conduct our business.  The MBA Board and Diane Bruser met afterwards and set our 15-16 schedule as best as we can at this time. State Marching Championships Since we had so much interest in many classes wishing to do away with prelims/finals and only have a one-run show, we presented the past participants with a survey in which they voted on this. Here are the results: Class 1A voted 2-0 for finals only Class 2A voted 4-1 for finals only Class 3A voted 4-0 for finals only Class 4A voted 6-2 for finals only Class 5A voted 5-4 for finals only Class 6A voted 6-4 for prelims/finals Due to one of our venues for championships moving to class 6A (making both venues class 6A), and after exhausting measures to find another centrally located venue, we were forced to split the championships into two separate weekends. This split also greatly aids in the overwhelming request for us to find a way to shorten the day. With this being said, classes 1A, 3A, and 5A will be at Pearl HS on October 24th beginning at 1pm (due to ACT). Please note that slow pitch softball state championships will be held at Ridgeland HS on this date. We will have the retreat for 1A and 3A before 5A begins. All classes on this date will perform only once. Classes 2A, 4A, and 6A will be at Clinton HS on October 31st beginning in the morning. Please note that Volleyball (held at Miss. College) and Swimming (held at Tupelo HS) will be held on this date. We will begin the day with 6A prelims, then the 2A and 4A will perform and have retreat, then 6A finals. The MBA Board and the MHSAA realizes that the conflicts with other sports on championships are not ideal, but we are left with little choice. Our main concern is to keep our State Marching Evaluations free from state sanctioned conflicts, but there is no way to clear the State Championship dates. We are, however, excited that the time frame for bands to have to stay at championships is greatly reduced (with the exception of 6A who voted for prelims/finals). State Concert Evaluation We have exact tentative dates set on the calendar, but would rather wait until the state testing calendar comes out before presenting this to you. We are, however, comfortable with giving you the week that you will most likely perform.  Please note that there are SIX different spring break equations (that we know of) throughout the state, beginning the end of February through the end of March.  With this being said, the Central Region (held at Pearl HS) will most likely be held the latter half of the week of April 4th, hopefully utilizing Saturday as well. The North (held at Tupelo HS) and South (held at Oak Grove HS) Regions will most likely be held the beginning of the week of April 11th.  If the testing calendar does not conflict greatly with this, these dates will stand. I would like to thank Mr. Vance Wigginton and the Regional State Concert Band Evaluation Committee, the MBA Board, and Diane Bruser with the MHSAA for all of the hard work that has gone into this project.  This proposal is one that I personally had issue with in the beginning, but after seeing the many positive effects it's going to have on our band programs, I am proud to be able help this historic legislation get passed today. God Bless, Sid Dates MBA Fall Meeting - August 22 at 2pm (Jackson area) State Marching Evaluation - October 10 (Regions) State Marching Championships for 1A, 3A, and 5A - October 24 (Pearl HS) State Marching Championships for 2A, 4A, and 6A - October 31 (Clinton HS) State Band Clinic - December 9-12 (Natchez) State Concert Evaluations for Central - end of week of April 4 State Concert Evaluations for North/South - beginning of week of April 11  
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