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Our Mission

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 district and regional band, orchestra and solo/ensemble festivals.
  • We select and train adjudicators for band, orchestra, solo and ensemble festivals and for field and parade event competitions.
  • The SCSBOA maintains a continuing program to evaluate and update the adjudication forms being used for band and orchestra festivals and field and parade marching competitions.
  • We sponsor clinics and workshops for the in-service training of instrumental music teachers.

The SCSBOA sponsors the All-Southern California High School, Middle School, and Elementary Instrumental Honor Groups.

About the SCSBOA


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.

Our Vision

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.

Recent News

feb 04

Music List Submission

SCSBOA Music Lists Submission Guidelines   The SCSBOA membership is encouraged to submit worthy compositions to be considered for addition to the SCSBOA Music Lists. Remember that all ensembles performing at SCSBOA festivals must play one selection off the SCSBOA Music Lists. If you have a selection approved for our…
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jan 12

SCSBOA Festival Music Selection Guidelines

Music Selection Guidelines For SCSBOA District Festivals All ensembles, regardless of grade level must play at least one selection from the appropriate SCSBOA List or Texas Prescribed Music List If your ensemble is playing music that is grade level .5, 1, 2, or 3 you must play 3 (and only…
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dec 18

SCSBOA Scholarships

The SCSBOA is proud to offer several new scholarship opportunities to its members!! We have 3 scholarship programs available that are available. Please read below for information:  SCSBOA SCHOLARSHIP Available for children of current SCSBOA Members.  Application postmark deadline: February 15, 2015 Awards available: 1 - $2,000 1 - $1,500…
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jul 15

2015 Winter Conference Highlights

As you plan your upcoming school year, here are a few highlights of attending our 2015 conference. If you would like to attend the conference, download the "2015 SCSBOA Conference Application," complete and mail to our office with a check payable to the SCSBOA. You can also pay for the…
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feb 17

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

If you have not heard yet the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards has been working to revise the national standards for arts education.  You may view a sample of these standards by clicking here.
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feb 01

String & Full Orchestra List Addendum Policy

You may play as your required selection any significant single-movement work, or movement of a significant larger work, that is an original and unabridged version by one of the approved major composers listed below. This consideration does not apply to literature that has already been classified at a level lower…
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