March 6-11, 2018, Fort Worth, Texas

The American Bandmasters Association
84th Annual Convention

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Where the West Begins

Cowboys & Culture And Texas Christian University

Come see for yourself why Fort Worth is known as the city “Where the West begins.” The City of “COWBOYS AND CULTURE” is the 17th-largest city in the United States and part of the No. 1 tourist destination in Texas, welcoming 6.5 million visitors annually. Over the last 150
years, what started as an Army outpost has blossomed into a sophisticated, cultural city that celebrates its authentic Western heritage while embracing the 21st century. Considered “the museum capital of the Southwest,” you can explore a variety of museums that are world-famous for their architecture and the quality of their collections.

Venue Information

Fort Worth, Texas - ``Where the West Begins``

Location

The convention will be held at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in Downtown Fort Worth. Certain special events will be held at Texas Christian University and other nearby venues with transportation provided to and from the hotel.

Transportation

Fort Worth is conveniently located 17.5 miles from DFW Airport. Transportation options from DFW Airport to Fort Worth include car rental, Supershuttle, Taxi, and Uber. Depending on your arrival time and traffic the travel time to Fort Worth is usually around 30 Minutes.

Hotel

Experience the most distinctive of Fort Worth hotels, The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel. Christened ``The Star of Texas``, the Worthington is Fort Worth's original AAA Four-Diamond luxury hotel. Special rates for convention attendees.

Event Schedule

Sessions, Meetings, Meals, Performances, Excursions

Tuesday, March 6th

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Registration

(Registration Desk)

6:00PM - 7:00PM

Past Presidents Board Reception

(Worthington Renaissance Hotel)

7:00PM - 10:00PM

Past Presidents and Spouses Dinner

(Worthington Renaissance Hotel)

7:00PM - 10:00PM

Presidents Dinner

(Worthington Renaissance Hotel)

Wednesday, March 7th

7:00 - 8:30AM

Breakfast

(Complimentary)

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Registration

(Convention Registration Desk)

8:30AM - 3:00PM

Candidate review on display

8:30AM - 9:00AM

ABA Foundation Audit

9:00AM - 10:00AM

Foundation Board Meeting

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Board of Directors Meeting

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Lunch on your own

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Foundation Board Meeting

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Nominating Committee Meeting

3:00PM - 5:00PM

Membership Committee Meeting

5:00PM

Buses depart hotel for TCU Campus

Buses depart hotel for welcome reception at TCU campus

5:30PM - 7:45PM

** Welcome Reception and Dinner

TCU Amon Carter Stadium Champions Lounge | Boston Brass - Guest entertainment | (Sponsors: Directors Showcase International, Tom and Cyndee Herald and Texas Christian University Bands – James "Prof" Jacobsen Fund")

7:45PM

Buses depart to Ed Landreth Hall (3min.)

Buses will depart TCU for concert Ed Landreth Hall

8:00PM

** Concert: Sam Houston State University Wind Ensemble

Dr. Matthew McInturf, Conductor

9:15PM

** Concert: Texas Christian University Wind Symphony

Boston Brass - Guest Artist | Bobby R. Francis, Conductor

10:15PM

Buses return to hotel

10:30PM - 12:00AM

Post Concert Reception (TBA - Cash Bar)

TBA - Cash Bar - Complimentary hors d' oeuvres

Thursday, March 8th

7:00AM - 8:30AM

Breakfast

(Complimentary)

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Registration

(Convention Registration Desk)

8:30AM - 9:45AM

Opening General Session

Members and Guests

9:45AM - 10:15AM

Coffee Break

(Ballroom Lobby)

10:15AM - 11:30AM

ABA Members Business Meeting

ABA Members Business Meeting | ABA Associate Members Business Meeting | Spouse/Guest Opening Session

11:30AM - 12:15PM

Break

12:15PM - 4:30PM

Excursion

Historic Downtown Grapevine - Lunch, Glass Blowing Demonstration, Wine Tasting, and Shopping. Return to Fort Worth on a REAL Vintage Train with live jazz and wine.

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Dinner on your own

8:00PM

** Concert: Dallas Winds

Bass Hall (Just a block or two from the hotel) | Jerry F. Junkin, Conductor | Jens Lindemann, Guest Artist, Trumpet

10:30PM - 12:00AM

Post Concert Reception

TBA - Cash Bar - Complimentary hors d' oeuvres

Friday, March 9th

7:00AM - 8:30AM

Breakfast

(Complimentary)

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Registration

(Convention Registration Desk)

8:30AM - 9:45AM

Opening General Session

Members and Guests

9:45AM - 10:15AM

Coffee Break

(Ballroom Lobby)

10:15AM - 11:30AM

ABA Members Business Meeting

ABA Members Business Meeting | ABA Associate Members Business Meeting | Spouse/Guest Opening Session

11:30AM - 12:15PM

Break

12:15PM - 4:30PM

Excursion

ABA Golf Tournament – Texas Star (Box Lunch as you get on bus), Fort Worth Stock Yards – Lunch at famous Joe T. Garcia’s, Billy Bobs, Live Cattle Drive, Shopping and more

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Dinner on your own

7:30PM

Buses Depart Hotel for TCU Campus

(***We are working on the possibility of having this concert at Bass Hall just 2 blocks from the hotel – More information to follow)

8:00PM

** Concert: Hebron High School Wind Symphony

Andy Sealy, Conductor

9:15PM

** Concert: Baylor University Wind Symphony

Dr. Eric Wilson, Conductor

10:00PM

Buses return to hotel

10:15PM - 12:00AM

Post Concert Reception

TBA - Cash Bar - Complimentary hors d' oeuvres

Saturday, March 10th

7:00AM - 8:30AM

Breakfast

(Complimentary)

7:30AM - 12:00PM

Registration

(Convention Registration Desk)

7:45AM - 8:30AM

Possible Membership Committee Meeting

8:30AM - 9:30AM

ABA Members Business Meeting

(Ballroom)

9:30AM - 10:00AM

Coffee Break

10:00AM - 11;30AM

General Sessions

(Ballroom) Members, Spouses, and Guests

11:30AM - 12:15AM

Break

12:15PM - 4:30PM

Excursion: Visit Fort Worth's World-Class Museum District

...or stay downtown by hotel and visit the many interesting sites there.

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Board of Directors meeting

6:30PM - 7:30PM

Pre-Banquet Reception

(Ballroom Lobby)

7:30PM - 10:00PM

"Where the West Begins" Banquet

(Ballroom)

Sunday, March 11

7:00AM - 10:00AM

Farewell Breakfast

(Complimentary)

Concert Schedule

3/7/2018 - 8:00PM
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Sam Houston State University Wind Ensemble

Dr. Matthew McInturf

Dr. Matthew McInturf, Conductor | Ed Landreth Hall, TCU Campus

3/7/2018 - 9:15PM
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TCU Wind Symphony

Bobby Francis

Bobby R. Francis, Conductor | Boston Brass - Guest Artist | Ed Landreth Hall, TCU Campus

3/8/2018 - 8:00PM
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Dallas Winds

Jerry Junkin

Jerry F. Junkin, Conductor | Bass Hall (Just a block or two from the hotel)

3/9/2018 - 8:00PM
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Hebron High School Wind Symphony

Andy Sealy

Andy Sealy, Conductor | Ed Landreth Hall, TCU Campus

3/9/2018 - 9:15PM
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Baylor University Wind Symphony

Dr. Eric Wilson

Dr. Eric Wilson, Conductor | Ed Landreth Hall, TCU Campus

Howdy, Y'all!

Meet The Hosts

Bobby Francis

Director of Bands, Texas Christian University

Gary E. Smith

President, The American Bandmasters Association

Questions/Comments

e.airheart@tcu.edu | s.owens@tcu.edu