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Sunday, October 12, 2014
It's time to collect your articles for the next edition of the TJEA newsletter. If you have jazz events in November, December and/or January please send your article ASAP and certainly by at least October 20th. Send JPEG files for photos; Word document for articles.

Send to

REMINDER: PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL...it will go to our web master and only delay your article getting to me.

Thanks in advance for your articles and for supporting TJEA!


John Goode, editor, TJEA Newsletter

Thursday, October 9, 2014
We've received several grant applications but would love to give out as many grants as we possibly can this year! Because of this, we've extended the Grant Application deadline to Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

You must be a paid member of TJEA to apply. Reminder membership renewal links were sent out yesterday so if you did not receive one, you are a member in good standing. If you did receive one, follow the link, renew your membership and send in your application.

Applications and grant details can be found on the TJEA website -

If you have any questions about grants, please email Alex Parker at

Thanks and have a great Band-tober!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Congratulations to the leaders and all the members to TJEA for having been awarded the JEN Award of Excellence in Jazz Education by the Jazz Education Network!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
It's time to renew your TJEA membership for the 2014-15 school year. Please be on a look out for a membership renewal link email in the next few days. Even after you renew your membership, you may want to flag and hold onto that email because it does contain your membership number, as well the opportunity to go in and update information if anything changes during the course of the year.

Remember that you will need to be a member to take advantage of a discount for our Summer Symposium (coming up right before TBA in San Antonio), the ability to apply for a TJEA grant in the fall and the ability to apply to be the TMEA-TJEA Invited Jazz Ensemble in the spring. You also get our quarterly newsletter by being a member as well. Most importantly, by being a member, you are supporting Jazz Education in Texas.

Don't forget to go online and "Like" our Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Please join us for the 2014 TJEA Symposium at Marshall High School in San Antonio on July 26. We are hoping that you can arrive early to TBA and join us for a day of jazz fellowship from 10-6 ending in a jam session.

We are in need of clinicians and performers of the jazz etudes for this symposium. Please send any suggestions to nicholsm@lpisd.org.

Mark Nichols
TJEA President-Elect
TJEA Symposium Organizer


Good evening everyone,

Thanks to everyone for submitting a recording to be considered for the TMEA/TJEA Invited Jazz Ensemble for the 2015 TMEA convention. I was able to listen to the recordings before we sent them to our listening committee and I am amazed at the level of all submitted bands. I am very happy to be reminded that there is excellent jazz education happening in our state. Congratulations on your performances and thank you, to the directors of each group submitted, for your dedication to jazz learning in our schools! I am very excited about this opportunity to showcase jazz education and our students at TMEA!

The 2015 TMEA/TJEA Invited Jazz Ensemble is the
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). Congratulations to Warren Sneed and his students. The performance will be scheduled during this year's TMEA Convention.

Again, thank you all for submitting recordings this year. Please note that recordings are due on May 15th, 2015 for the 2016 Invited Jazz Ensemble. I look forward to receiving recordings from each of you next spring!

Have a great weekend and we'll see you at TBA and at TMEA,

Alex Parker
Executive Officer, TJEA
Director of Jazz Studies
Coordinator of Summer Music Programs
Baylor University
254-710-4625 office
254-709-5350 Cell

Friday, June 13, 2014
The TMEA All State Jazz Audition play along tracks are available under the TMEA-TJEA All State Jazz Files link. Information for directors about purchasing the TMEA All State Jazz Audition music packets can be found under the TMEA All State Jazz link. Any errata for the TMEA All State Jazz music can be found on the TMEA website.

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Congratulations to our new officers for the 2014-15 membership year:

President-elect - Matthew Seifert
Secretary - Alan Black
Director - Aric Schneller

They will begin their term on July 1, the beginning of the new membership year. And many (and continued) thanks to our outgoing officers, Aric Schneller, President; Matthew Seifert, Secretary; and Roland Sandoval, Director.

Respectfully submitted,
Greg Ball and Cathy Benford
2014 Nomination Committee

Next TJEA General Membership Meeting:

Texas Bandmasters Association Convention
July, 2015
Details TBA

Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

for more information

contact Cathy Benford, TJEA Webmaster


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