Bobby Francis

Director of Bands, Texas Christian University

Teresa and I would like to welcome you to Fort Worth and the Texas Christian
University campus for the 84th Annual Convention of the American Bandmasters
Association, March 6-11, 2018. We are thrilled to show you the best of what Fort Worth
and our surrounding areas offer.

Come and see for yourself why Fort Worth is known as the city “Where the West
Begins” Fort Worth is considered “the museum capital of the Southwest.” You can explore
six museums, all world-famous for their architecture and collection quality. Of course, no
visit to Fort Worth is complete without a stop at the legendary Stockyards National Historic
District. Unique attractions such as the Fort Worth Herd – the world’s only twice-daily cattle
drive – thrill visitors year-round. Top country music performers play the stage at Billy Bob’s
Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk, and live rodeo takes place every weekend at the
Cowtown Coliseum. Shopping for handcrafted cowboy boots, hats, clothing and souvenirs is
abundant in the Stockyards. Our visit to Grapevine, Texas will include a glass blowing
demonstration, shopping, wine tasting and end with a ride home on a VINTAGE TRAIN –
with live jazz and wine! You may also choose to enjoy a golf outing at Texas Star – one of
the area’s best courses.

The TCU campus is beautiful, and your experience here will start on Wednesday
evening with a complementary “WELCOME DINNER” at our beautifully renovated football
stadium’s CHAMPIONS LOUNGE. And yes, your welcome to Texas will start with some
fabulous Texas BBQ!

The School of Music offers the grand traditional “Ed Landreth Auditorium” for many
of our concerts. In addition, you will get to experience the truly world-class Bass Concert
Hall in downtown Fort Worth for a concert by the Dallas Winds.

So, arrive early for the dinner on Wednesday – followed by concerts showcasing
both the Sam Houston State University Wind Ensemble and the Texas Christian University
Wind Symphony – featuring the BOSTON BRASS.

Teresa and I, the Planning Committee and the entire TCU Band Faculty and Staff are
excited to welcome you to Fort Worth – Where the West Begins – City of Cowboys and
Culture. Boots are optional.

The website will hopefully give you the needed information to plan for this exciting
event. If you require additional information, please send your questions to the following
email address: abafw2018@gmail.com.

Sincerely,
Bobby and Teresa Francis
Hosts