Young Directors’ Symposium

The TN-ASBDA “Young Directors’ Symposium” is a special mentoring project of the TN ASBDA chapter, designed to offer clinic sessions and professional development geared to the younger members of our profession. Experienced members of the TN ASBDA chapter will present clinic sessions on topics that are particularly relevant to newer teachers. The ASBDA Young Directors’ Symposium is open to all band directors, regardless of how long they have taught, as well as to recent college graduates.

The 2021 ASBDA Young Directors’ Symposium will be Thursday and Friday, June 10-11, at Freedom Middle School in Franklin, TN.  

RSVP HERE (by June 7)

Schedule of Events, Thursday, June 10:

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – TN-ASBDA Chapter Meeting, members only.

11:30 Lunch Sponsored (RSVP on form)
12:30- 1:20 Team Teaching in the Bandroom: Working Together to Sound Better Evan Burton, Carol Strayer, and Katherine Aydelott
1:30 – 2:20 Helping Them All: Strategies for Individualized Assessment Andrew Lynn and Brittany Jerrell
2:30 – 4:00 Our programs post-COVID; Interactive session with open discussion

Special Guest – Marguerite Wilder

6:00 Cookout and Social (at Carole Grooms’ home) Everyone invited. Burgers and dogs on the grill, typical picnic fixins. (If you have a special dietary need, just let us know.) BYOB – Bring your own (adult) beverage – we will have coolers with ice and cups as well as a non-alcoholic beverage-water, tea or lemonade. (RSVP on form)
Please pay for cookout in advance so we can plan – $10.00 per person. Indicate “Cookout 2021” and the names of those you are paying for in the box provided for that purpose in the Paypal checkout process.

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Previous Young Directors’ Symposiums:

2019: Young Directors’ Symposium topics – Thursday, May 30, 2019

  • “Student Teaming in the Instrumental Rehearsal” – Susan Waters
  • “Strong Foundations for Building Young Percussionists” – David England and John Hearnes
  • “Creating Authentic Assessments in Band (and the technology needed to do it)” – Brock Cobb

2018 Young Directors’ Symposium topics – Thursday, May 31, 2018

  • “If You Sell It, They Will Come!” How to market your band program for successful recruiting and retention. John Easley
  • “Classroom Management from the Podium”  Things you can do – or should NOT do – from the podium to keep students on-task and engaged. – Carole Grooms
  • “Band Budgets, IRS, School Financial Procedures and Policies: How to Keep Yourself Out of Jail” -Mark Kinzer

2017 Young Directors’ Symposium topics – Thursday, June 1, 2017

  • “An Old Guy’s Guide to Class Preparation” – Jeff Phillips
  • “Surviving and Thriving in a Rural School Band Program” – Zack Williamson
  • “Emergency Instrumental Repair Clinic” – Linden Lantz

2016 Young Directors’ Symposium topics – Thursday, June 2, 2016

  • “How to Buy Low Brass Instruments for Your School” – David Butler
  • “On Being and Having an Assistant Director” – Randy Box
  • “The TN Revision of the New National Core Arts Standards – What You Need to Know”-Susan Waters

2015 Young Directors’ Symposium topics – Thursday, June 4, 2015

  • “Fundraising 101” – Phil McLeod
  • “The Do’s and Don’t of Traveling with Students” – Johnny Thomas
  • “On-stage concert etiquette – for the director and students” – Susan Waters
  • “Organization and Multi-tasking – the Big Picture for band directing”  -June and Roy Holder

2014 Young Directors’ Symposium topics – Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • “Literature – getting past the tunes you know” – David Butler
  • “Band Finances – How NOT to end up on the nightly news!” – Carole Grooms and Mark Garey
  • “Getting Along with Your Administrators” – Alan Hunt