TMEA is celebrating its centennial during the 2019–2020 school year. Enjoy historical highlights in Southwestern Musician and via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and attend our 2020 Clinic/Convention where you'll have more opportunities to reflect on our past, celebrate our present, and look forward to our next 100 years!
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Our Association Roots
April 21, 1920
Texas Bandmasters Association was formed by seven Texas bandmasters, led by James E. King (on the 86th anniversary of San Jacinto Day—the date of Texas Independence). The focus of this initial group was on administering municipal band contests. Membership dues were $1.00. Pictured above is Waxahachie's Lone Star Band led by James E. King (1919). Courtesy of Ellis County Museum.
The association was chartered under a new name, Texas Band Teachers Association (TBTA), reflecting a greater emphasis on instruction.
TBTA members voted during the convention to invite orchestra members and changed the association name to Texas School Band and Orchestra Association.
At a special called meeting, TSBOA members voted to include choral directors and to change the association name to Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). Dues were now $3.00 and membership had grown to 198.
TMEA 1920–1940: Download the first in a series of articles about our association's history. These vignettes will be published throughout the year in Southwestern Musician.
At the general membership meeting, a motion passed to create an Elementary Division.
First record of the TMEA College Division is documented (and they remain the last official TMEA Division to date). By this point, TMEA was over 600 members strong, and the 1952 convention welcomed 453 attendees in Mineral Wells.
Over the last 100 years we have come a long way as a profession and as an association. Our purpose started with music. Our commitment as music educators enriches our students and prepares them for any path in life they choose, because music contributes to lifelong success. As we begin our next 100 years, there is much more ahead on the journey for music educators and music education in Texas. And it starts with music.