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Mack McGrannahan III

November 22, 2013


The Western and Northwestern Divisions of the College Band Directors National Conference continue to re-write the CBDNA history book, and the officers of both divisions have worked very hard to provide a conference that you have come to expect. We are pleased to announce that the 13th biennial conference will take place in Reno from March 12th through the 15th. Can you imagine 13 highly successful conferences in the same location over the past 28 years?

I think you will enjoy looking through the website – lots of information here. I would encourage you to check out the complete Historical Document, as well as the Historical Repertoire List. Check ‘em out, and have fun browsing!!!

"In the Beginning, there was the Western/Northwestern Division Conference of the College Band Directors Association". About 28 years ago we began our joint adventure. We continue to meet in Reno for an inspirational time of musicalsharing and camaraderie, and 2014 will surely be one to remember. This year's slate includes 11 concerts and 12 clinic sessions.

One of our new clinic sessions this year is “Chosen Gems” which will replace the “Quality Music Session Without Excessive Demands”. Directors will have the opportunity to conduct the Reno Wind Symphony, an adult community band in one of your favorite selections from years gone by. Please take the opportunity to view the Proposed Repertoire List in the Clinics/Meetings section. Participating Directors will select literature to conduct from this list on a first come – first served basis.

Other outstanding clinic sessions include a conducting clinic by Gary Hill, Director of Bands from Arizona State University. In addition, our guest composer this year is David Holsinger. If you want to be part of this year's consortium email Thomas Rhorer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for details.

Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend the 2014 CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Conference. You won’t be disappointed! The complete 2012-2014 W/NW CBDNA Calendar is included below.

If you have any questions or just want to talk, please call me at (775) 682-9036 or e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I look forward to seeing you in March!!!

A. G. “Mack” McGrannahan III
2014 CBDNA Conference Host
W/NW CBDNA Archivist



June 2 – 3, 2012

Planning Session:


summary of conference


commission consortium

April 1, 2013

Call for CDs

May 31, 2013

Deadline for CDs

June 4 – 5, 2013

Planning Session:


“Changing of the Guard”


selection of groups


selection of clinics


develop schedule

August 15, 2013

Pre-registration materials online

September 15, 2013

Performance Acceptance Contracts (PAC) due

October 2, 2013

ICB materials on Website

December 1, 2013

ICB deadline for applications


Tentative Programs due to conference host

January 3, 2014

ICB notification of membership

January 15, 2014

Final Programs due to conference host

February 3, 2014

Pre-Registration deadline

February 13, 2014

Notification of ICB names due to conference host

March 12 – 15, 2014

Western/Northwestern Division Conference


College Band Directors National Association

June 7 – 8, 2014

Planning Session:


summary of conference 

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 November 2013 17:47