Message to our Members,

Greetings all,

I hope that your school year has begun smoothly. I feel like a brand new teacher, having to learn new technologies, new protocols, new ways to engage and reach my students. It is a challenge but one that I am up for and I am certain you are too.

I wanted to take a moment to remind you that NYSBDA is standing behind you. We realize what our membership and all teachers are going through right now. As I have always said, NYSBDA is here to provide you with the latest and best information to enable you to be the best for your

With that in mind and knowing that we all are planning for the future, we will be hosting our annual Symposium in March in a Virtual format very similar to our Summer Conference. Andy Pease has lined up some great presenters focused around our main theme of diversity. We will also be moving forward virtually with our Honor Bands. Our chairs are currently working on a program that will be rewarding and valuable to those students that are selected. Just remember
to nominate them. Those links are on the website. The executive board’s goal is to offer the Virtual Symposium and Honor Bands with as minimal cost as possible to our membership. We feel that, under the circumstances, we need to work for our membership and ultimately the band
students of our state.

In my over 20 years of involvement in this organization I have never seen an Executive Board that has worked so hard for its members. As we progress into this school year don’t forget that you can use our network of experienced band directors to help you navigate through this unprecedented time. I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,
Michael Cordaro
President, NYSBDA


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