ACB Connects!

ACB Connects!  is a series of live sessions to connect with our members.  These sessions started as a way  to share current resources and ways to adjust to necessary restrictions with sessions focused on topics related to COVID-19 research and recommendations. 


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Session 5: Sunday, May 16, 2021 4PM Eastern
Live Concerts During Covid -Thinking Outside the Stage

  • This session continues the Virtual Concerts Series with, "Live Concerts During COVID – Thinking Outside the Stage." Join us as these ACB Band conductors participate in an open discussion of what they have been doing with their bands in recent months and what they are planning.
  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Eileen Young, Director of the Salem Band from Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • Dr. Stephen Grugin, Director of the Marquette City Band in Marquette Michigan
    • Annette Kline, Director of the North Oakland Concert Band from Lake Orion, Michigan
    • Tom Seaton, Moderator
  • Session Information Page
Register for May 16, 2021 Session




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Session 6: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 2PM Eastern
Virtual Orientation to the Performing Arts Reading Room - Library of Congress

  • Our expert guides for this insider's tour of the Music Division will provide an orientation to what is available, how to find it, and when to ask.
  • Speakers:
    • Melissa Wertheimer, Music Reference Specialist
    • Caitlin Miller,  Reference Specialist
    • Speaker Biographies
Register for the May 26, 2021 Session


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ACB Connects!  2021 Sessions

Session 1: January 31, 2021

  • "Benefits of ACB Membership: Spotlight on NAXOS Music Library"
  • Presentations by John Sells of NAXOS Music library and Sarah McElfresh from ACB
  • Session2021-1  information

 Session 2: March 7, 2021

  • “Planning for Virtual Collaborations” 
  • Presentations by Tom Seaton, Sarah McElfresh and Scott Hosner from ACB
  • Session 2021-2 Information

Session 3: March 14, 2021

  • “Virtual Concerts: Nuts & Bolts of Video Production"
  • Presentation by Scott Hosner 
  • Session 2021-3 information 

  Session 4: April 11, 2021

  • “Virtual Performances: Tips from the US Army Field Band” 
  • Col. (Ret.) Tom Rotondi and Col. Jim Keene moderated presentations by members of the The US Army Field Band.  
  • Session  2021-4 information

ACB Connects!  2020 Sessions

Session 1: July 17, 2020 

  • COVID discussion with Lt. Col. Tod Addison and Chief Jonathan Crane of the West Point Band
  • Session 1 information

 Sessions 2: August 30, 2020

  • "Bioaerosol Emissions and Exposures in the Performing Arts”
  • presented by Dr. Rebecca Philips and Dr. John Volckens of Colorado State University
  • Session 2 Information

Session 3: September 27, 2020

  • Discussing Adaptable music with members of the Creative Repertoire Initiative.
  • presented by Robert Ambrose, Alex Shapiro, and Frank Ticheli
  • Session 3 Information and Links

Session 4: October 25, 2020 
Members Only 

  • "THE BANDS PLAYED ON: ACB Community Bands Transposing into a New Reality”
  • Speakers from: Greater Des Moines Community Band, Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band, Rancho Cordova,  and St Johnsbury Band, St Johnsbury, Vermont, United States
  • Session 4 Information
  • The recording of this session will only be available in the Members Area of the website.

Session 5: December 6, 2020 

  • Holiday Heart-to-Heart with Dr. Tim
  • Speaker: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
  • Session 5  Information
  • This session was not recorded