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MBA Rendezvous

Montana Bandmasters Association

Seeley Lake Rendezvous

June 19-22, 2023 at Camp Paxson


We will be exploring some new ideas this year as well as reinforcing some traditional concepts. A session on “Partnering With Administrators” is planned to give some insights regarding budgets, expectations, curriculum and other areas of concern. “Starting the Year Off Right” as it relates to beginning band/rental programs/pre-planning and other factors will be discussed. Another area of discussion will be “Presenting & Funding Listening Opportunities for Your Students.”

We will continue our “Hands On” sessions with the remaining brass instruments not covered last year having everyone playing Trumpet and Trombone. Several areas of percussion will be covered as well including “Beginning Trap Set,” “Drum Line” and “Concert Percussion Techniques.” Bring your batons too as Dr. Tobin Stewart from MSU will be presenting some “Hands On Conducting” activities with us.

As always, we will have some excellent presenters for our sessions. Included among our presenters this year are Sam McKenzie, Dr. Kathy Lindberg, Alicia Lipscomb, Janet Morgenstern, Dr. Brendan McGlynn, Anna Brewer, Mike Miller, Codie Wahram, Aaron Morgenstern, Troy Bashor and others.

We have modeled our sessions at Rendezvous on MMEA sessions and have had them be 90 minutes long since the beginning. It was suggested that we offer a brief break in the middle of some sessions if participants feel the need. As we have more flexibility in our schedule at Rendezvous we can certainly do that if desired.

Montana Bandmasters Association

Seeley Lake Rendezvous

June 19-23, 2023 at Camp Paxson


2:30-3:00 “Check In”

3:00-3:15 Introductions & Announcements

3:15-4:45 Session #1 –“ Conducting Techniques” – Dr. Tobin Stewart

4:45-6:00 “Visit Exhibitors”

6:00-6:45 Dinner

6:45-7:00 travel to SSHS

7:00-8:30 Session #2 –“ -“Conducting Tips/Literature Reading – Dr. Stewart

8:30- Round Table Discussion



8:00-8:45 Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Rendezvous Group Photo

9:00-10:30 Session #3-“Starting the Year Off Right” – Anna Brewer & Mike Miller

10:30-10:45 BREAK

 10:45-12:15 Session #4“Partnering With Administrators” – Codie Wahrman & Aaron Morgenstern

12:15-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:45 Session #5-“Hands On Trumpet” –Dr. Brendan McGlynn

2:45-3:00 BREAK-travel to SSHS

3:00-4:30 Session #6-“Presenting & Funding Listening Opportunities for Your Students” –Bob Green,  Jenny Rohrer & Janet Morgenstern

4:30-6:00 “Small Ensemble Repertoire Exploration”

6:00-6:45 Dinner

6:45-7:00 travel to SSHS 

7:00-8:30 Session#7-“Band Warmups/Literature Reading” moderated by Allen Slater

8:30-Round Table Discussion 

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Session #8-“Concert Percussion Technique”-Sam McKenzie

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-12:15 Session- #9–“Hands On Trombone”- Prof. Rob Tapper of U of M

12:15-1:30 Lunch & Travel to SSHS

1:30-3:00 Session #10 –“Drum Line”-Sam McKenzie

3:00-3:15 BREAK

3:15-4:45 Session #11-“Rehearsal Strategies/Literature Reading” at SSHS

4:45-7:45 Free Time/Ensemble Time

7:30-8:30 Dinner      

8:30- Round Table Discussion



8:00- 9:00 Breakfast , Remove Belongings From Cabins, Travel to SSHS

9:00-10:30 Session #12-“Beginning Students on Trap Set” – Sam McKenzie

10:30-11:00 “Skull Session 2024”

11:00-12:00  Check Out


*****Short breaks may be taken in the middle  of sessions if the need arise ****