Region 15 Scholarship Application, due April 27, 2017

If you are interested in applying for the Region 15 One-Year Undergraduate Scholarship, you may apply here.  There are three one-year scholarships valued at $500 each.

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicant must be an entering freshman in a Texas college or university in the fall of 2017.  Applicant must have been accepted into the school’s college of education.  Applicant must major in a music degree program leading to Texas teacher certification with music as the primary teaching field.

Step 1:  Complete the scholarship application (link above)

Step 2: Submit high school transcript and three letters of recommendation from individuals who can address the applicant’s potential for success in an undergraduate music education program, potential for success as a music educator, music skills and abilities, work ethic, and other personal qualities.

Mail transcript and letters of recommendation to:
Chad Dempsey
Region XV Band Division Chairman
3815 Ora Street
Edinburg, TX 78539

Region Band Webmaster/Audition Tabulator Opening

After 22 years of service, our long time computer tabulator, Jon Kingston, will be stepping down from his position as the Region webmaster/audition tabulator.  Jon has moved into the ranks of administration.  If you are interested in being the Region’s Webmaster and/or Audition Tabulator for contests, please contact Chad Dempsey at 956-501-6377 or  An honorarium is available for the web site, but TMEA tabulator is volunteer work.

TAMUK Trombone Day, May 13, 2017

Schedule of Events (PDF)

El Dia Del Trombon Poster (PDF)

Dear Friends of the TAMUK Trombone Studio,

Greetings!  My name is Oscar Diaz and I am the Associate Professor of Trombone at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and I would like to invite you and your students to attend our first ever annual Trombone Day on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. We are pleased to announce that our guest artists will be the Trombones de Costa Rica!! They are an exciting trombone quartet that focuses their music on Latin American culture. I am certain that it will be an enjoyable experience for both you and your students.

The first annual “Día del Trombón” will be held on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville inside Jones Auditorium adjacent to our Bellamah Music Building. Those in attendance will be able to participate in a group warmup session alongside their peers, students from other schools, and 35 members of our very own TAMUK Trombone Studio. In addition, attendees will be able to play in a mass trombone choir reading session following the warmup class, and exhibitors will be available onsite for students wishing to purchase music and related materials. The Trombones de Costa Rica will also be hosting a masterclass open to all in attendance. For the Trombones de Costa Rica masterclass, directors must RSVP to myself if they would like a student ensemble from their school to perform and get critiqued by TCR. I am sure that slots will fill up quick. Also, a Q&A session will be hosted by myself and some of our more experienced members for those who may have any questions concerning a career in music as well as having a discussion and a video made by our students on “a day in the life of a music major.”

To conclude the event, our evening concert will feature many talented groups. The full TAMUK Trombone Choir, our awarding winning South Texas Trombone Sound Trombone Octet, a preselected octet comprised of talented high school trombonists and of course, our special guests, The Trombones de Costa Rica!

We are very excited to be hosting this exciting event, and I hope to see you and your students here! If you are planning to attend please RSVP via email to myself. I hope to make this the largest trombone event in the state!

Attached is a poster for the trombone day as well as a schedule of events for the day. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions.

Oscar Diaz, Jr, DMA
Associate Professor of Music-Trombone
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Office: (361) 593-2817
Cell: (956) 206-3112

Your Band Here

If you would like your band featured in our header image, email a photo of your band, cropped to 1600×230. Please, no close-up faces, just photos of the entire band, either marching or on stage.

It would be great if we could get a bunch of Pigskin photos.