Events & Programs

Conferences & Symposia

Upcoming Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops Are Listed Below

2024 Athletic Band Symposium

The University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band is extremely excited to welcome you to Missoula, Montana for the 2024 CBDNA National Athletic Bands Symposium and the NAoAB National Alumni Athletic Band Symposium!  We hope you enjoy the incredible state of Montana and are honored to be your host! The Symposium will take place on May 29 – June 1.

Symposium Website

2025 National Conference

Our 2025 national conference will take place March 26-29, 2025 in Fort Worth, TX, hosted by Bobby Francis of Texas Christian University.

As additional information and links become available, this space will be updated.

2024 Eastern Division Conference

Eastern Division Officers
Jared Chase, President
Matthew Westgate, President-Elect
Lauren Reynolds, Past President
Timothy Diem, Secretary

The 2024 Eastern Division conference to be held in Ithaca, New York at Cornell University (James Spinazzola, host). The conference dates are February 22-24, 2024 and performances will take place in the historic Bailey Hall.  Ithaca has seen many changes in the last few years. The town features many new hotels, restaurants, and bars; and the Cornell campus is less than 5 minutes by car from downtown. CBDNA will be hosted in Lincoln Hall (the CU music department, and other performance spaces throughout campus. There is ample space for coach parking, concert loading and unloading, etc. We hope to welcome you to Ithaca and Cornell.

Full Schedule

January 1 – February 18 , 2024: $140, standard registration
February 19–February 24, 2024: $150, late/on-site registration
Student registration: $40
Public School Directors: FREE

We encourage you to register for the conference at your earliest convenience. It helps enormously with the planning if you register in advance for the conference. You can register online through the conference website.

Conference Website

2024 North Central Division Conference

The 2024 CBDNA North Central Division Conference will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The School of Music opened the new, state-of-the-art Timashev Family Music Building in the fall of 2022, which will be the site for the event. Dr. Russ Mikkelson and The Ohio State Band faculty will host the conference. The dates are April 4-6, 2024.

Hotel InformationStart Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2024End Date: Sunday, April 7, 2024Last Day to Book: Thursday, March 14, 2024

Visit the conference website for more information!

Conference Website

2024 Southern Division Conference

Greetings Southern Division Colleagues!

The 2024 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference will be held February 29 – March 2, 2024 at the University of Memphis. Albert Nguyen and Will Plenk will serve as our co-hosts and Viet Cuong will serve as our keynote speaker and composer-in-residence.

The conference website is now live. It can be found at On the website you will find travel and lodging information as well as a schedule of events, and other very useful information. Highlights of the conference include:

  • Twelve concerts by outstanding university, high school and middle school groups
  • Juried marching band presentations
  • Twelve research sessions on a variety of topics
  • A keynote address by composer Viet Cuong
  • Two opportunities to meet with our current CBDNA President and President-Elect

My sincere thanks to Albert Nguyen, Will Plenk, and their team at the University of Memphis for all they have done and are doing to make this a first-class event.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Robert J. Ambrose, President
CBDNA Southern Division

Conference Website

2024 Southwestern Division Conference

We are excited to hold the 2024 CBDNA Southwestern Division Conference “Modern Legacy” from February 28th to March 2nd in the heart of vibrant downtown Kansas City hosted by Steve Davis and Joe Parisi from the UMKC-Conservatory.   With inspiration from the world-class Nelson -Atkins Museum exhibit “Monet and His Modern Legacy”, the conference offerings have been curated to celebrate historical and contemporary influences and include sessions at the museum and concerts in the newly renovated Folly Theatre.

See what’s in store and register here!

2024 Western/Northwestern Divisions Conference

The 2024 Western/Northwestern CBDNA Divisional Conference was held March 27 – 30, 2024 at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. Heartfelt thanks to all who presented, performed and attended!

Go to the Conference Website for information on sessions and concerts.


Conference Website

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