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International WASBE Conference Prague (Czech Republic) postponed to 2022!

It is with reluctance, but with all best intentions for the future, that we announce that the WASBE Conference, scheduled for July 2021 in Prague, has been postponed until July 19-23, 2022.

Our reasons for making this difficult decision were based on two overriding concerns:

  • Ensembles considering application to perform face considerable planning challenges, both financially and in regards to preparation, in light of the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  It is uncertain, at best, if a representative number of high quality ensembles would be able to participate.
  • Finances and support for endeavors, such as this international music conference, outside of the immediate matters of worldwide health concerns and economic stability are uncertain, even doubtful in the coming months.

An international event, which by its very nature must take into account the safety and security of those in attendance, must also insure that all proper steps have been made to that end.  Those steps are already being addressed with this postponement, as it will allow all organizers, exhibitors and participants the time necessary to prepare for a truly extraordinary event in 2022.

Dates and venues for 2022 have already been secured by the Local Organizing Committee, The Prague Concert Company, our partners for the conference.  Application deadlines for ensemble performance, presentations, and participation in the WASBE Youth Wind Orchestra (WYWO) will all be delayed by one year.  We will continue our planning and preparations for the conference during this time however, to insure that our gathering will be a grand celebration of the world’s musical community coming together again.

James Ripley,

WASBE president

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ABOUT US

World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) is the only international organization of wind band conductors, composers, performers, publishers, teachers, instrument makers and friends of wind music. It is the only organization completely dedicated to enhancing the quality of the wind band throughout the world and exposing its members to new worlds of repertoire, musical culture, people and places. WASBE is a non-profit international association open to all individuals, institutions and industries interested in symphonic wind bands and wind ensembles.

OUR PURPOSE

When we become a part of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles family, our world becomes smaller, we have more direct access to wind band people, traditions, styles, literature, and performance practices previously beyond our reach.

  • International focus – our members come from across the globe

  • Musical education – we encourage learning and growth

  • People & Music not profits – WASBE is a non-profit association

OUR VALUES

WASBE is a non-profit international association open to all individuals, institutions and industries interested in symphonic wind bands and wind ensembles as serious and distinctive mediums of musical expression and cultural heritage. WASBE has a membership of over 1000 individuals and organizations in more than 50 countries from throughout the world. The official language of WASBE is English and all official WASBE business is transacted in this language.

  • promote symphonic bands and wind ensembles as serious and distinctive mediums of musical expression and cultural heritage
  • assist in all ways possible the development of band activities throughout the world
  • encourage the international exchange of conductors, teachers, students, and composers
  • help others recognize the importance of the symphonic wind band and the wind ensemble for international and national communication and understanding
  • encourage the composition of band literature of excellence that reflects national heritages and transcends international boundaries

Joining WASBE is easy. Just click on JOIN at the top of the HOME page of this website and go from there. Compared to many national wind band associations, the dues are extremely reasonable.

As a member of WASBE, you will:
• receive an electronic version of the WASBE World magazine (quarterly) and WASBE Journal (annually) and have the opportunity to submit articles and research papers.
• receive the WASBE ePostcard on a regular basis.
• have access to a downloadable directory of WASBE members from over 50 nations.
• have immediate access to current information on wind band activities around the world on the WASBE website including news about world premieres, conducting seminars, upcoming events, upcoming concerts to be streamed, and other important international developments.
• have access to the WASBE Repertoire List on the website that has been submitted by members for your professional benefit and you will be able to propose other works to be included.
• have links to many repertoire resources and website links to wind band composers.
• be invited to participate in both regional and international WASBE conferences at which the world’s finest wind bands and ensembles may be heard, an extensive music industry exhibition may be visited, and lectures, workshops, master classes and panel discussions may be attended.

COMPOSITION OF THE WEEK (May 25, 2020)

IM MEMORIAM
JOHN PAUL ZDECHLIK (May 2, 1937 - May 21, 2020)

CELEBRATIONS
For Concert Band

https://wasbe.org/celebrations-for…1937-may-21-2020

#wasbe #compositionoftheweek #repertoire #windmusic #bandmusic #symphonicband #windensemble #CoW
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https://wasbe.org/warsaw-wind-ensembles-composition-contest-2020
#wasbe #compositioncontest
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COMPOSITION OF THE WEEK (May 18, 2020)

JEAN-FRANÇOIS MICHEL (1957)

GUERNICA
For Concert Band

https://wasbe.org/guernica-by-jean…chel-switzerland

#wasbe #compositionoftheweek #repertoire #windmusic #bandmusic #symphonicband #windensemble #CoW
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COMPOSITION OF THE WEEK (Mai 11, 2020)

CARLOS CAIRES (1968)

PIANISSIMO
For Wind Band, Piano and Electronics

https://wasbe.org/pianissimo-for-wind-band-piano-and-electronics-by-carlos-caires-portugal

#wasbe #compositionoftheweek #repertoire #windmusic #bandmusic #symphonicband #windensemble #CoW
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COMPOSITION OF THE WEEK (May 4, 2020)

AULIS SALLINEN (Finland)

THE PALACE RHAPSODY OP. 72 (PALATSIRAPSODIA)

https://wasbe.org/the-palace-rhaps…sallinen-finland

#wasbe #compositionoftheweek #repertoire #windmusic #bandmusic #symphonicband #windensemble #CoW
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Frank B. Wickes, Louisiana State University’s longtime director of bands dies at 82.

https://wasbe.org/frank-b-wickes-l…bands-dies-at-82

#wickes #wasbe
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