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Welcome to the website of the New York Band Directors Association. NYSBDA is the premier educational organization for band directors in the state of NY. We hope you enjoy exploring the site and learning more about our organization, activities, and sponsored events.

2024 NYSBDA Symposium Call for Clinicians and Performing Ensembles

The New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) is pleased to announce application procedures for participation in the annual NYSBDA Symposium in Syracuse, New York, from March 1-3, 2024. If you are interested in presenting your own clinic or having your group present a performance clinic, on this topic or any other, please follow these application procedures:

I. Forward a letter of application by Saturday, October 7, 2023 to Jackie Kovacs at fpresidentelect@nysbda.org Or use this google form link: https://forms.gle/KpfaiLBE6nAHrvsH9

Please include the following information in your letter: 

Individual Clinic: 

1. Your name, home address, phone numbers and email. 

2. Your clinic title and brief description. 

3. Date and location of last clinic presentation, if applicable. 

Ensemble Performance Clinic: 

1. Your name, home address, phone numbers and email. 

2. Your clinic title and brief description. 

3. General information: Name of ensemble, number of players in the performing group, special honors the group has received, copies of recent programs, and any additional information you feel would be helpful in the selection process. 

II. Sample Performance requirements for Ensemble Performance Clinic: Please submit two or three representative musical selections in digital format, preferably via web links (e.g. YouTube, SoundCloud, Google Drive, etc.). These may be from any time in the last 2 school years (2021-present). 

III. Applicants should be aware of the following: 

The selection process is entirely at the discretion of the NYSBDA board. Each accepted individual or organization accepts clinic date & time, as well as length (typically 60 minutes) and format as prescribed by NYSBDA. NOTE: PERFORMING GROUPS MUST PRESENT A PERFORMANCE CLINIC AND NOT JUST A PERFORMANCE.

Each accepted applicant/organization is responsible for procuring their own transportation and meal arrangements. NYSBDA provides one night of hotel accommodation to each presenter (NOT ensembles). All presenters are expected to be members of NAfME or one of its affiliates (e.g. NYSSMA or another state organization) at the time of presentation. 

IV. Groups will be notified of acceptance by NYSBDA by October 31, 2023.

2023 Summer Conference Directors Band

NYSBDA Directors Band

NYS Summer Music Conference 2023

Sunday & Monday August 13-14, 2023

Albany Hilton Hotel

40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207

The 2023 NYSBDA Directors Band will be led by Anoa Green, Baltimore School for the Arts. Join us for this amazing, intensive and rewarding experience. Register online using the Google Form below. This will help with instrumentation and organization of music folders. 

Please register for the NYS Summer Music Conference as well. This will give you access to reading band sessions and numerous clinics. Check it out at http://www.nyssma.org/

All participants are encouraged to be current NYSBDA members who are registered for the New York State Summer Music Conference.


Sunday, August 13, 2023, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Monday, August 14, 2023, 4:00 pm-6:45 pm


Big City Lights- Marie Douglas

Sleep- Eric Whitacre 

American Hymnsong Suite- Dwayne S. Milburn

Slava! Political Overture- Bernstein, arr. Clare Grundman     

Concert (to include the Directors Band, Chorus and Orchestra)

Monday, August 15, 2023, 8:00 pm

Concert Attire: 

All Black

Please register online using our Google Form. 2023 Directors Band Registration

Questions: Contact NYSBDA 3rd VP Jackie Kovacs at vp3@presidentnysbda-org

Bylaw Revisions Spring 2023 Proposal

NYSBDA is in the midst of Bylaw Revisions and the final step in the process is for our general membership to vote on the proposed changes. This linked document outlines the proposed changes in Red. The committee has carefully considered changes to our language that more accurately reflect the goals and mission of our organization. […]


The New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) is pleased to announce application
procedures for participation in the New York State Summer Music Conference in Albany, New
York, from August 13-15, 2023. If you are interested in presenting your own clinic or having
your group present a performance clinic, please follow these application procedures:

Deadline Extension for the 2023 Honor Band Applications

The NYSBDA Middle and High School Honor Bands will rehearse and perform in person at the annual NYSBDA Symposium in Syracuse, NY. The dates for the 2023 Symposium are March 3-5. 

The Honor Band student nomination process will be completely online. Teachers who did not complete a Teacher Participation Form last year should click the corresponding link below to register your school district before completing the Student Nomination form. 

The deadline to submit forms and materials is 10/7/22.

Participation fee $300 for High School and $215 for Middle School (covers fees, lodging, meals, and digital concert recording)

Andrew Boysen Jr. in a dress suit sitting on a chair
Andrew Boysen, Jr.
Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin in a black shirt hand under their chin
Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin
Clay Jankins in a black shirt holding a trumpet
Clay Jankins
The 2023 NYSBDA Honor Bands application process will be completely online. The student application forms are now available. Applications may be submitted, if you have already completed the Teacher Participation Form. If you have not done so already, please submit and email the respective Honor Band Chairperson so your school information can be added to the student application form.

Teacher Participation Forms
Middle School
Contact: Omar Williams, Omar.K.Williams@gmail.com

High School
Band Contact: Jason Rottkamp, jasonrottkamp@me.com
Brad Hartmann, bradley.s.hartman@gmail.comJazz Contact: Austin Day aday@tufsd.org

Student Application Forms Middle School
Student Application Forms for High School (Band and Jazz)