1.11.21 – HALFTIME! from our partner at HALFTIME MAGAZINE!

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Only 1 more day until the CBDNA – College Band Directors National AssociationIntercollegiate Marching Band debuts at about 10 p.m. during halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Nearly 1,500 nominated performers from 200 bands will join together! Leading up to the event, Publisher Christine Ngeo Katzman will join the other founding partners to talk about the importance of this project! She’ll also present a visual recap of Halftime Magazine’s story “Marching Through a Pandemic part 2” about colleges that continued to support their teams and create music this past fall season. She’ll be joined live by Barry Houser from the University of Illinois Marching Illini and Mark Spede from the Clemson University Tiger Band.

Also, Lexi Duda, one of the IMB program hosts, will present a preview of our upcoming Halftime Magazine story on “Bands at the Bowls.” Join us starting at 6 p.m. on the Intercollegiate Marching Band YouTube channel for the Virtual Tailgate and then again at 10 p.m. for the IMB #CFBVirtualHalftime!



7 Self-Care Strategies  for Battling Burnout Elisa Janson Jones
Sr. Manager of Online Learning, Conn-Selmer | Host, Music Ed Mentor | Podcast  Columnist, SBO Magazine | Founder, Music Educators Creating Online Learning We know teaching music has unique challenges right now. We also know music educators are adaptable and strong enough to rise to the challenge. If you’re wondering how you’re going to mentally and emotionally rise in 2021, this workshop is for you. Join us as we walk through some simple yet effective strategies you can use to improve your life and sustain your career. 


Early during the pandemic Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education set aside 1 million dollars  to be dispersed as a stimulus to help schools outfit their instrumental ensembles with shared school-owned instruments.This program is designed for larger school-owned instruments, i.e. tubas, french horns, baritone/euphonium, educational percussion, and marching brass, typically purchased by schools as a “shared” instrument across multiple ensembles. We have already awarded $900,000 to schools and communities in need. The good news is we still have funds available to assist your instrumental programs! Funding for this program does end on December 31, 2020. Take advantage of this unique offer before it’s gone! 
For order inquiries, please contact your local Conn-Selmer Dealer or Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education at (877) 534-4299 or click the button above and fill out a request for more information. 


Dear PMEA Member We want to provide you with a brief update about the new state guidance that Governor Wolf announced Thursday afternoon. In the New Guidance , extracurricular activities including music are specifically mentioned. 

The new guidance takes effect Saturday (Dec. 12) and ends Monday, January 4, 2021. 

In-Person Extracurricular School Activities Voluntary activities sponsored or approved by a school entity’s governing body or administration are suspended, however these extracurricular activities may be held virtually. This includes, but is not limited to, attendance at or participation in activities such musical ensembles, school plays, student council, clubs and school dances. We interpret this guidance to mean only activities held outside of the school day. If you are meeting in person in some way  during the school day,  then you can continue to do that in a safe way. Rehearsals and other events happening outside of the school day are what we interpret as being subject to this new guidance. We encourage you to discuss any specific concerns with your administration. Of note is that school sports have also been paused. PMEA has been in conversations with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to include music making guidance from the state as we move into 2021. Our hope is to have that guidance come from the state to place emphasis on the ability to safely make music. We will keep you updated on that process. If you have any questions or concerns, please email  advocacy@pmea.net

Halftime Magazine Publishes Book

Halftime Magazine is excited to announce the release of a book designed specifically for members of the marching arts, as well as alumni, parents, friends, and all who enjoy reading about youth and the excitement of belonging to a marching band!

You can read more about the book and order the kindle version by clicking here.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its original publication, the completely updated rerelease of Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek combines new scenes, revamped characters, and more drama while keeping the amusing personalities and exciting plot that readers have known and loved. Drum set player Julia McCoy is not a typical marching band member. Moving across the country and becoming a rookie as she starts her junior year, Julia must deal with an intense instructor and the potential of love in her own section. After (somewhat accidentally) joining a rock band, her loyalties will be tested in a semester full of difficult decisions. From a dramatic band camp to a memorable first marching competition and an unforgettable Homecoming, Julia’s first semester at Willow Creek High School is one that readers won’t soon forget. Enjoy her adventures now and prepare for more to come as Julia’s season continues in future installments! Fans, alumni, and current marching band members will enjoy this lighthearted romance, set among familiar practice fields and under recognizable stadium lights.

Order your copy now! A great gift for the marching arts fan in your life!

TOB 2020 VIRTUAL! Follow Up Meeting for Band Directors

THANK YOU to all directors who attended our TOB 2020 VIRTUAL! season follow zoom meeting last evening. We know that you are all so busy and appreciate your time afforded to us in our efforts to make our virtual programming the very best it can be. For those who were unable to attend, we welcome you to provide any feedback from your TOB 2020 VIRTUAL! sessions via email to Jeff Dent, TOB Director.