TMEA 2017

The TMEA Exhibit Show is the nation’s premier music educators convention, happening now through February 11th in San Antonio. Their website www.tmea.org cites some big numbers…
9,500 Music Teachers
3,700 Future Music Educators
1,600 All-State Musicians
2,900 Student Participants

Let’s take a look at some of the 2017 Exhibitors…of course, these are just a few interesting names I picked off the exhibitor list…

Brook Mays Music Company is a well known and established Dallas, Texas-based retailer of musical instruments, sheet music, and supplies for individuals, school bands & orchestras.
www.brookmays.com

Casio Musical Instruments
www.casiomusicgear.com

D’Addario Strings
www.daddario.com

Gon Bops Percussion
www.gonbops.com
Today, Gon Bops remains one of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of Latin instruments in the world.
www.gonbops.com/history

Innovative Percussion Inc.
www.innovativepercussion.com
Chad Wackerman demonstrates the BR-CW Paintbrush, an amazing new combination of drum stick, brush and mallet. Chad showcases the wide pallet of sounds you can produce with this really cool new tool for drummers and percussionists.
youtu.be/ZBhHveePv4I

BR-CW Chad Wackerman Paintbrush with retractable wood handle:
The BR-CW Chad Wackerman Paintbrush provides the player with a number of different choices of timbre colors. Built on a red hickory wooden handle, this retractable medium gauge wire brush features a soft rubber sleeve near the brush fan and a strip of felt surrounding the butt end. The pull rod of the BR-CW also includes a nylon tip allowing for defined articulation on cymbals. These various features allow the player to create a greater number of sounds without having to change to other striking implements including cross stick, cymbal swells, and ride patterns. All these colors are achieved while maintaining a solid, comfortable, balanced feel making the BR-CW Paintbrush the most unique brush available.
www.innovativepercussion.com/products/br-cw
Now I have gotta try this!

Lone Star Percussion
www.lonestarpercussion.com
Specialists in percussion instruments and drum gear since 1978.

Pearl Drums
pearldrum.com
Pearl Corporation is organized and functions as a wholesale distributor of drums, percussion musical instruments and flutes for the United States. The majority of drums and related items are manufactured by Pearl Musical Instrument company and imported directly from company owned factories located in Taiwan and China.

Percussive Arts Society
www.pas.org
The Percussive Arts Society is a music service organization whose mission is to inspire, educate, and support percussionists and drummers throughout the world.

Sabian Cymbals
www.sabian.com/en/home

Vater Percussion
www.vater.com/#!/
Drumsticks and mallets

Vic Firth
vicfirth.com
Drumsticks and mallets

Yamaha Musical Instruments
usa.yamaha.com

Zidjian Cymbals
www.zildjian.com

What is TMEA?
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 12,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College.

On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

TMEA GOALS:
To provide professional growth opportunities
To encourage interaction among music education professionals
To foster public support for music in schools
To offer quality musical experiences for students
To cultivate universal appreciation and lifetime involvement in music
To develop and maintain productive working relationships with other professional organizations

Source: www.tmea.org

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