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Texas Music Educators Association 2023 Convention

Welcome! We are thrilled to join the Texas Music Educators Association in presenting its 2023 Convention.

Texas’ nearly 5.5 million public school students are lucky to have access to music programs led by dedicated band, choral and orchestra directors like you. We applaud how you embrace the pioneering spirit of Texas as you map out innovative and trailblazing ways to engage and educate your students. Thank you!

Meet Chris Manners

Chris Manners

This conference gives us an opportunity to connect with all of you and to remind you that Yamaha is your partner in music education, not just through our great instruments and professional audio products but also with resources, support and professional development.

We want to continue to hear about your programs and learn about you and your specific needs to see how Yamaha can partner with you to help. Stop by the exhibit hall so we can chat, or you can email me at, with any questions. We’re eager to talk with you about your needs as an educator or performer.

We’ll be showing some new instruments in the booth, including the Harmony Director, the YBS-480 Baritone Saxophone, and the MS-9414 Marching Snare Drum. Sign up for the Yamaha Educator newsletter to access advocacy, professional development, information on instruments, resources, partnerships in education and more.

Have a wonderful conference!

— Chris Manners, District Manager, School Services Division, Yamaha Corporation of America

Professional Development Clinics at TMEA

Thursday, February 9
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. — Sherry Rubins, University of Texas at San Antonio Percussion Ensemble (CC Bridge Hall Music Showcase)
  • 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. — Robert Soto, “Slideology 2.0: Making Middle School Trombone Better!” (CC 214)
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. — Nathan Nabb, Stephen F. Austin State University Saxophone Ensemble (CC West Lobby Music Showcase)
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. — Andrew Eldridge, University of Texas at Arlington Percussion Ensemble (CC Bridge Hall Music Showcase)
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. — Richard Floyd, “An Open Sub-Non-Varsity Band Rehearsal with Richard Floyd” (CC Hemisfair Ballroom 1-2)
  • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. — Mary Thornton, Coastal Blend Trumpet Ensemble (CC North Lobby Music Showcase)
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. — Jeffrey Kyle Hutchins, “Growing Up Your Saxophone from Middle School to College” (CC 206)
Friday, February 10
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Brad Meyer, Andrew Salmon, “Starting & Developing the 5 Core Skills of Young Drummers” (CC 217)
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. — Christopher Ayer, Stephen F. Austin State University Clarinet Consort (CC West Lobby Music Showcase)
Saturday, February 11
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. — Jim Campbell, TMEA All-State Percussion Ensemble Concert (Lila Cockrell Theatre)
  • 7:00 – 7:50 p.m. — Emily Threinen, TMEA All-State Symphonic Band (Lila Cockrell Theatre)

For a complete list of clinics and performances, visit the TMEA website

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