I can hardly believe that it is already near the end of July and time to start thinking about firing things up (if you haven't already) for the 2017-18 school year. Towards that end I'd like to encourage everyone to attend this year's Reading Session of New and Proven Concert and Jazz Band Music, sponsored by Beacock Music. Further information (including registration, location, fees, etc.) can be found here:
We are once again fortunate to have some great clinicians and conductors who have picked out some fantastic literature. As always, the camaraderie and collegiality promises to be first rate, too!
In addition, the OBDA by-laws specify that one of our two mandated semi-yearly meetings happens at the reading session and I would like to try and follow that directive. I am currently leaning towards having the meeting on Wednesday of that week, either before or after the day's regular session. I am, however, open to suggestions.
In any event, I look forward to renewing old acquaintances and making new ones.
First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who was able to be at the meeting last Saturday. As I said, I didn’t expect to solve the Association’s problems in 47 minutes but we WERE able to get some much needed conversations started. Look for more information regarding the mentorship program and the middle school commission project, among others, in the coming weeks.
Secondly, I want to, again, thank Dave Becker for all of his years of service to the organization, including maintaining the literature list, and thank Stuart Welsh for his willingness to take on these particular duties in, at the least, the short term. I expect that an updated list will go live sometime this spring. In the meantime the current list applies and requests for substitution can still be made to Chuck Bolton at firstname.lastname@example.org and Dave at email@example.com.
Thirdly, nominations are now open for the Board of Directors positions. Please forward the names of anyone you believe would be an asset to the organization. In the absence of a “nominating committee” self-nominations are acceptable as well. Though any time frame is, by definition, somewhat arbitrary, I’d like to close the nominations on February 3rd with voting after that with the idea that a board will be in place by the end of February. If anyone has ideas for on-line voting please let me know. As I mentioned on Saturday, the duties of the “Board” are somewhat vague beyond “conducting the business of the organization.” Once a board is in place we can, perhaps, look at redefining those duties.
Lastly, the minutes will be up on the website by the end of the week.
Thank you, all, for your service to the organization.
PS: If you haven't done so already, please go to the website and take a couple of minutes and read through the by-laws. Thanks!