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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Dear Jazz Friends and Colleagues,                                               
As we get ready for the holiday to give thanks, I wanted to wish everyone the best, as we spend time with our families and special people. It is a pleasure to work with professionals that give not only to their programs but give extra to ensure the quality of our musicians across the state. I know that our host site members did a tremendous amount of work to reserve their buildings, provide AC/heat, contact judges and boosters, check equipment, make coffee, print judge sheets, and secure monitors/tabulators to make sure that all was ready for the auditions.  A special thanks to Frank Coachman, TMEA Deputy Director, and our tabulators who communicated and made sure this new site method was audited and met our TMEA state requirements.  Also, thanks to Harlingen H.S., South Texas, for working both Saturday and Sunday.  We also had judges and tabulators who answered the call and traveled across Texas to support their colleagues and our young jazz musicians. 
I was proud to have strategically placed sites in or near big cities at high schools and colleges to truly get a cross section of the state.  (i.e. Texas State, Tarleton State, Brazosport College, Plano Senior High, Del Valle H.S.-El Paso, and Harlingen H.S. in the Valley).  Orchestra also followed this new process, auditioning at different sites as well. This provides a greater opportunity for those who have wanted to participate but could not give up the time to travel to the one-site location. 
Click here if you would like to see the talented people who were a part of this year’s TMEA State Jazz Panels.  

(Be thinking about next year and I’ll be reaching out to everyone around our TBA convention in July)
• We will be looking for Panel Chairs and Sites but will also collect names to help our Panel Chairs if they need people in their area to fill a 5-judge panel.
• No hotel or flights will be covered due to our new satellite system.
• What panel would you feel comfortable judging?
My contact information is listed below. Thanks again for your service to TMEA and our amazing jazz students across the state. I hope to work with you again next year.
Michael Cruz
T.M.E.A. State Jazz Audition Coordinator
Cell 469-585-5386

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Thank you to all the folks who organized as well as came out and judged the TMEA All State Jazz listening sessions across Texas. And thanks to Michael Cruz, who organized the weekend.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Our new President-Elect is Warren Sneed
Our new and old treasurer is Heather Mensch
And our new director is David Lown
So, as of July 1, the 2017-2018 TJEA Board is
President              Sarah Roberts
President-Elect    Warren Sneed
Treasurer              Heather Mensch
Secretary              James Cook
Directors               Matthew Seifert
                              David Lown
                              Mark Nichols
Please feel free to contact any board members with questions about the organization or with suggestions on how we can help to improve jazz education in our state.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Information on the 2017 TJEA Symposium is coming! Stay tuned to our Symposium Page in the next few days.

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Information on the 2016 TJEA Symposium is now available on the Symposium Page. TJEA will be offering CPE credit for any Texas Educators attening! We hope to see you all there!

Monday, April 11, 2016
TJEA is now accepting nominations for the following positions that will begin on July 1, 2016.

President-elect (two year position to become president in year two)
Director (a three year position)

I have included the responsibilities for each position below. If you know someone who would be perfect for any of these positions, or if you would like to nominate yourself, please contact Mark Nichols at
nominations@tjea.org by this Friday, April 16th.

We will need a photo and brief bio for everyone nominated.

Thank you and have a great day,

Oversee the organization and assist with its direction and purpose
Responsible for reviewing and voting on grants
Assist with new officer transitions
Serve on board of directors for the organization

Principal executive officer of the Association
Supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the Association
He shall preside at all meetings of the Members and of the Executive Board
He may sign, any contracts or other instruments which the Executive Board have authorized to be executed
Responsible for reviewing and voting on grants
Creating the agenda for the meetings
Communication with all executive board members and advisory board members
Communication with the membership

In the absence of the President the President-Elect shall perform the duties of the President
Responsible for setting up symposiums
Liaison for the executive board on all committees
Responsible for reviewing and voting on grants
Schedule the booth duty times for conventions

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Members and of the Executive Board
Responsible for correspondence with the membership
Be custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the Association, and affix the seal of the Association to all documents,
Keep a register of the post office address of each member
In charge of calling or online registration for TMEA, TBA, TODA and TCDA to reserve space for display and a space for meetings
Keeper of the display
Responsible for display items and setting up display at conventions
Responsible for reviewing and voting on grants

**Please send all nominations to


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