Tournament Indoor Association will hold virtual events for all member units from Saturday, March 6, through Saturday, May 1. (Note: NO events will be scheduled for Saturday, April 3–Easter Weekend) Unit directors must register by 6:00 PM on the preceding Sunday.

Color Guards, Twirlers, Dance Teams, Marching and Stationary Percussion, Marching Winds, and Jazz Bands are all welcome to participate in the TIA 2021 VIRTUAL! events.

Tournament recognizes that the nine states, hundreds of counties and communities, and all member school districts all have specific regulations and guidelines for student participation, rehearsals, and performances during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Tournament supports unit directors and performing units in whatever format is possible. The safety and health of the unit is of most importance as groups encourage participation and foster growth in the activities that we all cherish.

Thank you to the unit directors, staff, supporters and boosters, along with the participants, for continued support for the activities that Tournament Indoor Association offers. We look forward to a season of virtual performances filled with enjoyment and educational value for all involved.

TIA Region Coordinators emailed details and registration link to members last week.


February, 22 2021
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Over the last two evenings, dozens of National Judges Association members met to prepare for the upcoming TIA 2021 VIRTUAL! season.

Units will be evaluated by an NJA evaluation team consisting of two individuals who have worked through general and practicum educational sessions, where criteria, methods, and outcomes will be presented and demonstrated.

Building on the success of the TOB 2020 VIRTUAL! season for marching bands, TIA will again utilize zoom software to provide a safe and affordable alternative to the traditional season by using a virtual setting.

Unit directors are encouraged to visit NJAEDUCATION2 for more information as well as keeping in contact with region coordinators who have received details for distribution to membership.

February, 17 2021
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$1 Million for USA Made Instruments 
Today, we are announcing a NEW Stimulus Purchase Program to continue partnering with local music communities and also celebrate USA manufacturing. The pandemic has been difficult for all of us and Conn-Selmer has decided to give an additional $1 million of stimulus aid to schools interested in purchasing school-owned USA manufactured instruments.This includes bass clarinets, tubas, french horns, marching brass, baritones, euphoniums, sousaphones, mallet instruments, timpani, and other made in America products typically purchased by schools and used across multiple ensembles.  


February, 13 2021
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Upcoming Professional Development
Modern Band 101, Part III - New & Review Tuesday, February 2, 2021 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join Little Kids Rock and PMEA for this hands-on course which serves as an introduction to (or review of) Modern Band and the Music as a Second Language pedagogy. 
Registration is free to PMEA members and Act 48 credit is available following the presentation upon completion of two forms.
Teacher Ethics, Part II - "Going Beyond" Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7-8:15 p.m.
This session will feature the Model Code of Ethics for Educators and promote discussion on the definitions of “codes of conduct” vs. “codes of ethics,” the concept of “ethical equilibrium,” the empaneling of a peer-review, mock “PMEA Ethics Jury,” samples of good and bad professional decision-making, entrenched teacher attitudes, and ethical “conundrums.”
This webinar is presented by Paul Fox, Chair of the PMEA Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment and Retention. Registration is free to PMEA members and Act 48 credit is available following the presentation upon completion of two forms.
January, 31 2021
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1.11.21 HALFTIME! by our partner HALFTIME MAGAZINE!

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Only 1 more day until the CBDNA – College Band Directors National AssociationIntercollegiate Marching Band debuts at about 10 p.m. during halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Nearly 1,500 nominated performers from 200 bands will join together! Leading up to the event, Publisher Christine Ngeo Katzman will join the other founding partners to talk about the importance of this project! She’ll also present a visual recap of Halftime Magazine’s story “Marching Through a Pandemic part 2” about colleges that continued to support their teams and create music this past fall season. She’ll be joined live by Barry Houser from the University of Illinois Marching Illini and Mark Spede from the Clemson University Tiger Band.

Also, Lexi Duda, one of the IMB program hosts, will present a preview of our upcoming Halftime Magazine story on “Bands at the Bowls.” Join us starting at 6 p.m. on the Intercollegiate Marching Band YouTube channel for the Virtual Tailgate and then again at 10 p.m. for the IMB #CFBVirtualHalftime!


January, 10 2021
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