Oregon Band Directors Association

Jeff Hornick - President,   Michael Burch-Pesses - President-Elect,  Jennifer Muller - Past President

Kevin Egan, Treasurer     Al Kato, Secretary/Webmaster


Last update July 21, 2014  

Jobs updated July 21

Festival Calendar & Results

HS Literature List                                              MS Literature List  Mac friendly link  Google Doc 

Adjudicator List for Band updated Sep 2014              Adjudicator List for Orchestra updated Sep 2014

Adjudicator Rubric revised 2012   

Marching Band Results 
Band/Orchestra Evaluation Form
Band/Orchestra Sight Reading Evaluation Form
Sight Reading Instructions
Contest Report

What's coming up


July 24 - Wakeling/Christofferson/Raynor Trio @ Bijou Cafe; 7pm

July 24 - Soul Vaccination @ Vie de Boheme; 8:30pm

July 26 - Portland Wind Symphony @ Marylhurst Univiversity; 6:30pm

July 28 - American Horn Quartet @ First Congregational United Church (Corvallis); 7:30

Aug 2 - Portland Wind Symphony @ Director Park; 6pm

Aug 3-6 - Lewis & Clark Concert and Jazz Band Literature Workshop @ David Douglas HS

Aug 7 - OBDA Adjudication Workshop @ David Douglas HS

Aug 15 - Tower of Power @ THPRD, Beaverton; 6pm

Aug 23 - Arturo Sandoval @ Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival.  www.vancouverwinejazz.com.

Oct 13 - Wayne Shorter Quartet @ Revolution Hall; 7:30pm



The Columbian (Vancouver) reported that police have posted info. about $50,000 worth of recovered stolen property.

I looked through the information and there is one trumpet - it's silver, has two mouthpieces in the case and the case is black. The website http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/stolen-recovered-property-page-1-6

doesn't list the serial number. (There are also several guitars.)

If you know of anybody who is missing a silver trumpet you might want to check this out.
The Tualatin Valley Community Band Board of Directors is searching for a new Music Director who will start in September 2015.
We are seeking individuals with experience conducting all age groups (teens to seniors). We are now accepting applications and selected candidates will be invited for phone interviews starting in March 2015.
Applicants are encouraged to download the Music Director Announcement, which contains the Music Director position description, the selection process, and timeline.  Interested applicants can download the Music Director Application.
Please complete the application, along with your resume and cover letter, and either email it to search@tvcb.org or print and mail it to:
Tualatin Valley Community Band
P.O. Box 230773
Tigard, OR 97281-0773

9th Annual North Albany Middle School Jazz Festival
Saturday, January 24 2015
At North Albany Middle School
This festival is for any and all middle school jazz bands.  Each band will perform on stage and then have a clinic with one of the finest jazz educators in the area.  Past clinicians have included Mike Bevington, Dave Parker, Nathanael Ankeny, Ron Burtucci, Stuart Welsh, among others.
Outstanding Musician certificates are awarded throughout the day.  All bands will be recorded, and directors will also get written comments.
And, this festival is the only one you, the director, get to perform with the other directors and clinicians at the noon time jam...we all perform together to collaborate on stage and show our students the art form we teach them day in and day out!
The event also features commemorative t-shirts and concessions.
Registration and other information  is online at the following link:
Contact: andy.nelson@albany.k12.or.us for more information.

Mt Hood Jazz Festival Presents:
Jazz In Schools
When: Friday, October 10, 2014
Where: David Douglas HS
Horner Performing Arts Center
1400 SE 130th,
Portland OR 97233
Admission: FREE!
All music instructors encouraged to attend.
Students welcome if accompanied by instructor.
What: Bring your instruments to participate (or just listen) for a day of professional development and fun.
10:00-10:30 Welcome!
10:30-12:00 Session I
Chris Brown rhythm section concepts
Susie Jones beginning improvisation
John Nastos intermediate/advanced improvisation
12:00-12:30 lunch (brown bag)
12:45-1:30 Session II
Susie Jones learning tunes
Kenney Polson learning tunes
Stan Bock learning tunes
1:30-2:30 Session III
Stan Bock creating combo arrangements from a lead sheet
Please RSVP if you are thinking of attending:



I’d like to take a moment to announce the 5th annual OSU Wind Band Symposium that takes place on January 9-10 at Benton Hall on the campus of Oregon State University. This two-day event features rehearsal and conducting ideas to help the modern wind band excel. Tom Lee, Director of Bands Emeritus from UCLA will be this year’s feature conductor/educator. His outstanding career at UCLA and Texas has earned him a tremendous reputation amongst performers and educators alike. Four individuals will be selected to be conducting participants, but participants and observers, both, will receive outstanding information toward making their ensembles better. Also joining us is the Oregon City High School Band, Dana Henson, conductor; the OSU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony; and the entire OSU Band Faculty. If you’d like to be considered for one of the conducting participants or observers, please contact Chris Chapman at: chris.chapman@oregonstate.edu . This symposium is geared toward enhancing the pedagogical skill set of the current working music educator and the price is very inexpensive. The conducting participant fee is $150. The observer fee is $75. We hope that you will make time to come to Corvallis for what has quickly become a very exciting and informative symposium! Best, Chris
Dr. Chris Chapman
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands 
Oregon State University 
Department of Music 
101 Benton Hall 
Corvallis, Oregon 97331 
(541) 737-8829 / fax: (541) 737-4268 


The Portland Wind Symphony is holding auditions for the following positions:  Clarinet, Percussion, French Horn, & Trumpet

held at Marylhurst University.  Please contact Richard Boberg at rwb.clarinet@gmail.com for more info.


*Lewis & Clark Band Literature Workshop @ David Douglas HS.  Horner Performance Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave, between Division and Stark

9am - 4:15pm each day (4:45pm on Tuesday, Aug 5)

Full Registration $100, $35 per day, Retired Music Teachers no charge.  register online at www.beacockmusic.com or come early for on-site registration.

Grad credit, PDUs and clock hours available

Bring a secondary instrument for Grade 1 literature reading on Tuesday

Pre-register if you plan to play in the Jazz Band


2014 OSAA State Band/Orchestra Results

     Congrats 3A winners Warrenton, Corbett, Pleasant Hill

     Congrats 4A winners North Bend, Ridgeview, Klamath Union, Douglas, LaGrande

     Congrats Full Orchestra winners West Salem, David Douglas, McNary

     Congrats String Orchestra winners South Salem, Crescent Valley, Sprague, West Salem, McNary

     Congrats 1A/2A winners Portland Christian, Triad, Riddle, Logos Christian

     Congrats 5A winners West Albany, Sherwood, Crescent Valley, Summit, Milwaukie

     Congrats 6A winners West Salem, Lake Oswego, McNary, South Salem, David Douglas


Congrats to Michael Burch-Pesses, of Pacific University, who will be our new OBDA President Elect in July.


2014 Essentially Ellington Program Resources are now available at


register or re-register: http://academy.jalc.org/ee/participate/membership/?registernow&utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EE14GoesDigital&utm_content=version_A-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Clarinet Day is on October 26th, 10am-3pm at the beautiful Lewis and Clark Campus.

For $5, students will receive an entire day of instruction through chamber music and ensemble playing, as well as a fabulous lunch time performance by Grand Rapids Symphony Principal Clarinet (and PPS Grant High School Alumni) Suzanna Bratton! 

For $25, students with a prepared solo (no accompanists required can participate in a masterclass with Ms. Bratton, I've seen her teach and she is fabulous! 


Lewis and Clark Evans Music Building,

$5, please bring a sack lunch,

Call 503-768-7460 or email dunja@lclark.edu 

pre-registration is encouraged, but not required!


Dunja Jennings Marcum



Anyone interested in playing a pre-game event before the Civil War in Eugene this year?

Cover Oregon is organizing a contest and inviting school bands to perform one of the songs featured in their commercials for a chance to perform in front of 10,000+ fans in the Moshofsky Center, just before the Beavers and Ducks play on 11/29. Play one of their songs at a home football game by 11/9 [new extended deadline] and share the video with them to enter the contest. Online voting will determine the best performance by class, and the artists who wrote the Cover Oregon songs will judge the finalists to chose a winner for the all-expenses-paid trip to Eugene.

More information is available at marchingband.coveroregon.com and you can email marchingband@coveroregon.com with any questions. 


The 4th annual OSU Wind Band Symposium will take place on January 10-11 in Benton Hall on the main campus of Oregon State University. This year’s guest artist/clinician is Professor Tom Leslie, Director of Bands at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Professor Leslie’s ensembles have received high acclaim from audiences and composers alike and the recordings of the UNLV Wind Orchestra are consistently regarded as the ideal to which bands across the country aspire. He is in very high demand as an honor band conductor and clinician in our country and well beyond. During the two-day event, Tom will be working with four conducting participants, observers, a high school band, the OSU Chamber Winds and the OSU Wind Ensemble. All participants and observers will have the opportunity to observe workshops on wind band pedagogy, conducting clinics, and rehearsals by Mr. Leslie and members of the OSU Band Faculty. Conducting participants will work with Tom on an individual basis on conducting and instrumental pedagogy. If you wish to be a conducting participant, please send an email to Dr. Chris Chapman at this email address: chris.chapman@oregonstate.edu Participants will be chosen on a first come basis. The fee for conductors is $100. The observer fee is just $50. Come to Corvallis for a weekend of life-changing musical experiences!


Enter the Cover Oregon High School Marching Band Challenge and take your band to the Civil War!!  see more


I’m writing on behalf of the Oregon Band Directors Adjudicator Certification Committee to clarify policies and distribute a current OBDA Certified Adjudicator List.


First, a reminder of the Oregon School Activities Association policy (From the 2013-2014 OSAA Music Handbook):

Number of judges. To maximize opportunity for State qualification, three performance judges should be provided at State qualifying events.

(a) Bands and Choirs. In order for groups to qualify for the state championships, at least two of the adjudicators must be certified by the respective directors association for that activity (OBDA or ACDA). Only scores from certified adjudicators may be used for qualification.

(b) Orchestras. Adjudicators should be experienced, respected directors.


I am attaching the most recent list of certified band adjudicators “OBDA_Cert_Band_Adjud_13-14.pdf.” Please be sure your league, OMEA district, or invitational festival contest managers consult this list when hiring adjudicators.  Some judges are approved only through the 4A classification level.  Those with no level shown were approved for all high school contests prior to the distinction between 4A and 6A certification. 


Non-certified adjudicators may still be used as sight-reading adjudicators or clinicians, or at middle school and invitational events. Their performance scores will NOT count towards qualification for the state contest, however.  Keep in mind that many of the individuals on the certified list are outstanding middle school adjudicators, particularly those with the 4A designation.


In special cases, out-of state adjudicators who are not on the OBDA certified list may be used. This requires a conditional certification approval by the OBDA adjudication committee. Contact me for the application form and policy.  


We have begun certifying orchestra adjudicators. Those certified will appear on the OBDA website (www.obda.org). We are not yet at the point where the list is large enough to require certified adjudicators for orchestra qualification to the state championships. However, it is recommended that these individuals be hired if possible.


The second attachment concerns the upcoming band and orchestra adjudication workshop October 11 in Salem. This is in conjunction with the OMEA District IV Fall In-service. It is open to directors from throughout the region.


After October 11, the next OBDA Adjudication Workshop will be August 8 on the final day of the Beacock Music / Lewis & Clark 33rd Annual Band Literature Workshop August 4-8 at David Douglas High School.


Remember, many festivals and contests fall on the same dates during March and April.  This is especially true of league events.  I urge contest managers to secure their adjudicators as soon as possible. For questions about large group band festivals and contests in Oregon, please use these resources:


• OSAA 2013-2014 Music Handbook (http://www.osaa.org/docs/handbooks/2012-13%20Music%20Handbook.pdf).

• Chuck Bolton, Chair, OSAA High School Band & Orchestra Championships (tubasat@aol.com)

• Dave Becker, Chair, OBDA Required Literature List and certified adjudicators (dbecker@lclark.edu)


Best wishes for a very successful school year!




Dave Becker

Chair, OBDA Adjudicator Certification Committee 


There are still have openings for ONE high school or college trumpet player in Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Auditions are Sept 5.  Students should email Diane Chaplin directly to schedule an audition; applications are available at www.oregonproarte.org
REHEARSALS:  Monday evenings, 6:30-9pm
LOCATION:  Portland Adventist Academy, 1500 SE 96th Avenue
OPAYCO is an advanced chamber orchestra, ages 14-22. Check them out at www.oregonproarte.org

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Dana Biggs, assistant director of bands at the University of Colorado Boulder has been hired as the new director of athletic bands at Oregon State University. Biggs fills the vacancy left by Brad Townsend, who has accepted a position as athletic bands director at the University of Pittsburgh.

“Dr. Biggs has a tremendous record of success at the collegiate level. His drill design and show concepts are innovative and exciting to collegiate football fans and students alike. His experience in the Pac 12 conference has allowed him to watch the OSU band from afar and he is now excited to join our team,” says Christopher Chapman, OSU director of bands.

Biggs plans to move to Corvallis in July and hit the ground running, designing new pre-game and half time shows for the Oregon State University Marching Band (OSUMB) in time for the summer’s band camp and the fall football season.

Biggs holds a master’s degree in instrumental conducting from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Prior to his position in Colorado, he served as acting associate director of bands at the University of Kentucky and as assistant professor of music and director of bands at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.



101 Benton Hall

Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2502

Telephone: 541-737-4061 Fax 541-737-4268

Email: music@oregonstate.edu


Hi everyone,
We are going to march again this year.  Only 1 rehearsal this year, the night before the parade, Friday July 19th at Sherwood Middle School, 21970 SW Sherwood Blvd • Sherwood, OR 97140, at 7 p.m.  If you can't make it, go ahead and show up to the parade the next day, arrive by 9 a.m. and we stage behind Target on Baler Way.  We will be playing I Want Candy and Dynamite.  If you need music let me know what part and I can email it to you or you can pick it up at rehearsal.  If you need a t-shirt, please let me know what size.

Invite friends, family, co-workers to join us.  Hope to see you all again this year.  Thanks.

-Kevin Noreen
Director, Robin Hood Festival Marching Band.