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2024 American Bandmasters Association Convention


As of Feb. 1, convention registration is closed. If you would still like to register for the convention, please complete the online registration form, and we will do our best to accommodate you. You will receive an email confirmation letting you know that status of of your registration. The hotel will consider room requests at the convention rate on a case-by-case basis. 



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 at Schlesinger Concert Hall on Saturday afternoon. 


The convention hotel is the Renaissance Arlington Capital View, a beautiful property located in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to/from nearby Ronald Reagan National Airport and the Washington Metro system. The hotel will also offer free Wi-Fi for Marriott Bonvoy members, so you might want to consider a membership, which is free. For those who will have a car, the hotel is providing us a deeply discounted parking rate of $15 per night. If you are flying to the convention, it is strongly recommended that you fly into Ronald Reagan National Airport – not Dulles or BWI. National Airport is very close to the hotel, and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle.  


While we were able to secure a very reasonable convention room rate, please note that breakfast is not included. Convention attendees will be on their own for breakfast, and to that end, we have provided a list of breakfast possibilities under the Restaurants tab of this site. (We will also keep a supply of breakfast snacks at the registration table!) For your dinner plans, there are many, many restaurants within a short distance of the hotel. You can find a list of the walkable restaurants under the Restaurants tab. For those who will drive or utilize a taxi/Uber for dinner, it is recommended that you restrict your restaurant searches to the Crystal City/Alexandria/Arlington area. Traffic in the Metro DC area is notoriously slow, especially during rush hour, and staying closer to home will help prevent you from missing a second of the terrific concerts we have scheduled. 


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 the deadline for convention registration is Feb. 1, 2024.

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, 


Mike Colburn 

President, American Bandmasters Association 


Hosts Mike and Nancy Colburn

Hosts Ken and Amy Collins

Hosts Jason and Lydia Fettig

Hosts Andy and Heather Esch

Hosts Don and Laura Schofield

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