Future Convention Dates
March 6-10, 2024
Col. (ret.) Michael Colburn, Col. Jason Fettig,
Col. Andy Esch, Col. Don Schofield, and Capt. Ken Collins, hosts
Convention Website: 2024abawebsite.com
February 26 – March 2, 2025
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Randall Coleman, host
2024 ABA Convention, March 6-10, Washington, DC
I am writing to let you know that the ABA 2024 Convention website is up and registration is open! On behalf of my co-hosts Jason Fettig, Andy Esch, Ken Collins, and Don Schofield, and our spouses Nancy, Lydia, Heather, Amy, and Laura, it is my pleasure to invite you to a “Star-Spangled Convention,” which will be held in the Washington, D.C. metro area from March 6-10, 2024.
The convention will feature performances by the U.S. Air Force Band, U.S. Army Band, U.S. Navy Band, U.S. Marine Band, and a grand finale concert presented by a Joint Armed Forces Band that will also include musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Coast Guard Band, and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Central Band. And if these performances don’t offer enough music to suit you, there will be a bonus concert presented by Loras Schissel’s Virginia Grand Military Band on Saturday afternoon.
As you’ll see on the website, the convention will include excursions to the Library of Congress/Smithsonian Museum complex (including a guided tour of selected items from the Music Division, led by our own Loras Schissel), Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, a golf outing to Laurel Hill Golf Club, and a visit to historic Old Town Alexandria. Please note that several of these excursions have limited capacity, so early registration is encouraged.
The website will provide a reservation link for the convention hotel, the Renaissance Arlington Capital View, a beautiful property located in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia.
For your convenience, we’re allowing two ways to register and pay for the convention: You can register and pay completely online, or download a pdf of the registration form, fill it out manually, and mail it in with a check. Please note the registration deadline of Feb. 1, 2024. We cannot guarantee the convention room rate or the availability of rooms beyond this point.
My co-hosts and I can’t wait to welcome you to Washington D.C. for our “Star-Spangled Convention,” and I look forward to seeing you in March!
All the best,
President, American Bandmasters Association