"For the last month or so, I've been travelling around the USA doing events with Conn-Selmer. I started in California before heading to Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Minnesota and ending in Texas. The very last stop of the tour was San Antonio at the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) Convention. One of the largest of its kind with over 30,000 attendees, it is always a busy but fun show. People from all over the country flock to the warm south Texas town to soak in everything to do with Music Education. There are endless concerts, from Middle School bands to professional wind ensembles. The level of musicianship from these young musicians is staggering and it's refreshing to see young musicians excited about what they are doing. Walking into the exhibit hall you’re greeted with hundreds of booths from all sorts of music companies and people buzzing between all of them, sampling what each has to offer.
I had the chance to catch the Dallas Winds Concert with Jerry Junkin and an audience of about 2,500 other people. Hearing music from giants such as Frank Ticheli and John Mackey was certainly a highlight of the show.
This must be at least the tenth time I've attended TMEA, but every time is a pleasure. They say everything is bigger in Texas and that's certainly true for Music Education shows!" - Julian