National Band Association
PURPOSE & DESCRIPTION
The Southern Miss NBA chapter was instated in 2004. Southern Miss was one of the first institutions to instate a student chapter of the organization.
The purpose of the Southern Miss student chapter of The National Band Association is to promote the excellence of band throughout the state, promote pride and enthusiasm in the band movement, and to encourage interested students to pursue careers in music. This student organization is geared to support music education majors at Southern Miss, as well as those interested in our profession.
The National Band Association is not a fraternity or sorority, but can be described as a cohort of individuals whose purpose is to promote The Arts throughout Mississippi and surrounding areas. Membership is contingent on the payment of one annual fee. As of this point, there is only an organization fee and no chapter fees. The organization fee is paid directly to the national organization either online at http://www.nationalbandassociation.org, or via an application form provided to interested students by any of the chapter officers.
The NBA student chapter is directly involved with the Southern Miss Band department and participates in all USM Bands functions such as All-South Marching Band, honor band, Lions Band Workshop, and numerous events in conjunction with The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and its band council.
The National Band Association also hosts numerous guest speakers from varying backgrounds throughout the academic year. Past guest speakers have included Gary Cook, Paula Crider, David Gregory, Jamie Foshee, and William Moody, to name a few. These guest speakers bring invaluable information to the chapter members with such topics as first-year teaching strategies, teaching techniques, pitfalls and successes, ensemble methods, and wind band intonation.