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 and have now moved on to include other topics of interest to community bands and their members. 



Tuesday January 18, 2022, NOON EASTERN
 “Learn How to Use Endowments to Help Fund Your Band”

Heidi Sytsema is the Vice President of Development and Donor Services at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County

  • This will be an interactive session. Following a discussion of the topic with ACB President Gail Brechting, we will hold smaller breakout sessions where participants can ask questions of Heidi in a smaller group setting and also participate in some brainstorming.
  • Session 2022-1 Information Page 
  • This worksheet may be useful during the presentation.
REGISTER for the January 18, 2022 Session



January 30, 4PM ET 
A Conversation with Alfred Watkins and Tom Rotondi
  • Tom Rotondi will talk with Alfred about a variety of topics, including his remarkable career and his thoughts on community bands.
  • Conductor, lecturer, clinician and author Alfred Watkins is the retired Director of Bands at Lassiter HS (GA) and the Co-Founder, Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the Cobb Wind Symphony. He has conducted bands in 38 states. His bands have performed at the Midwest Clinic five times.
  • Session 2022-2 Information Page
REGISTER for the January 30, 2022 Session

 More information about the following future sessions coming soon.

  • February 27, 4PM ET – A Conversation with Paul Murtha and Tom Rotondi
  • March 20, 4PM ET – A Conversation with Robert Musser and Gail Brechting


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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

Session 5: May 16, 2021

  • "Live Concerts During Covid -Thinking Outside the Stage"
  • Speakers: Dr. Eileen Young, Salem Band; Dr. Stephen Grugin, Marquette City Band;  Annette Kline, North Oakland Concert Band
  • Session 2021-5 information

 Session 6: May 26, 2021 

  • Virtual Orientation to the Performing Arts Reading Room - Library of Congress
  • Presenters: Melissa Wertheimer, Music Reference Specialist and Caitlin Miller,  Reference Specialist
  • Session 2021-6  Information 

Session 7: July 11, 2021

  • “A Conversation with Col. Jason Fettig of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band”
  • Conversation with ACB President Gail Brechting and Col. Jason Fettig of the United States Marine Band
  • Session 2021-7 information

 Session 8:  August 15, 2021 

  • “A Conversation with Johan de Meij”
  • Conversation between ACB President Gail Brechting and Composer Johan de Meij about his long career and his love of wind band music.
  • Session 2021-8 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

 Session 2: August 30, 2020

acb connect 2

  • "Bioaerosol Emissions and Exposures in the Performing Arts”
  • presented by Dr. Rebecca Philips and Dr. John Volckens of Colorado State University
  • Session 2 Information
  • Video removed on 6/3/2021 after Round 3 results presented to NASM

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