The SCSBOA will support student and teacher growth in music education through its activities and promote the development of lifelong skills.
Support for our Mission:
We provide opportunities for professional growth through developmental resources. These resources include: conferences, clinics, publications, performance evaluation, association with institutions of higher learning, and interaction with professional musicians.
We provide enrichment opportunities which present outstanding student musicians as models for all instrumental programs. We also provide resources to assist with the development and/or evaluation of curriculum should it be requested by a school or district.
The SCSBOA sponsors the All-Southern California High School, Middle School, and Elementary Instrumental Honor Groups.
The Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association is a non-profit organization whose active membership is drawn primarily from educational institutions: elementary schools, junior high/middle schools, senior high schools, colleges and universities. Additional membership includes students and others (private instructors, business establishments) who are active in the musical community.
The Association is dedicated to enriching the cultural environment by helping all students develop a greater appreciation of music, providing the means for exploring both vocational and non-vocational opportunities in music, raising performance standards, and improving learning techniques.
We believe that aesthetic education through instrumental music performance is essential to the school curriculum. Our vision is to provide educational leadership to the membership of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.
The History of the SCSBOA
On October 9, 1937, a group of 15 school band directors met in Los Angeles to discuss problems common to their profession. They shared a feeling that important issues confronting the public music teachers throughout Southern California were not being adequately addressed. As a result of this meeting, the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association was formed.
As major issues concerning instrumental music in schools developed, the organization began to undertake a more formal program of activities designed to benefit the school music director and his/her students. Clinics, workshops, festivals, uniform adjudication procedures, music lists and other activities were established to meet this goal.
Today, the SCSBOA is the largest professional organization serving music teachers in 11 southern counties of California. It serves over 1,000 schools in the Southern California region, affecting over 100,000 students in instrumental music.