Ohio Band Directors Conference (OBDC)

Saturday, Dec. 5, from 3 - 5 p.m.

The University of Akron Bands invite you to attend the 49th annual Ohio Band Directors Conference. This year's event will be presented virtually, but still expect exciting performances, clinics, and interactive sessions!

Register for the OBDC Conference

Registration is now available for our 2020 virtual conference via Zoom. Registration is required and only those registered, will be emailed, on Friday, Dec. 4, the link to join us via Zoom. Also for interested Directors, Professional Development Credit is available.

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Performances & Presentations

The 2020 OBDC Virtual Conference will feature performances by:

  • The UA Wind Symphony
  • Symphony Band
  • Concert Bands
  • The 2020 OBDC Virtual High School Honor Band

Guests will include:

  • OBDC Guest Composer, Dr. Brant Karrick, Director of Bands at Northern Kentucky
  • Clinic sessions by Amanda Drinkwater, Director of Fine Arts for the Lewisville Independent School District (Lewisville, TX) and Conn-Selmer, Clinician
The event will conclude with the recognition of the OBDC Hall of Fame members [hyper link to OBDC Hall of Fame Page] and the 2020 Inductee.

The event will culminate with the recognition of the OBDC Hall of Fame members and the 2020 Inductee. This award is given to an outstanding retired public school band director who has promoted excellence in music education throughout his or her career. This award is presented during the OBDC Honor Band concert. The OBDC Virtual High School Honor Band is comprised of musicians representing high schools from throughout the state of Ohio.

We hope you join us for an exciting and rewarding day and please encourage your colleagues and students to attend the annual Ohio Band Directors Conference!


OBDC 2020 Schedule

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Virtual High School Honor Band

Learn how you/your students can participate in this year's OBDC Virtual High School Honor Band.

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Prof. Development Credit

See how you can earn professional development credit.

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About the Ohio Band Directors Conference

The University of Akron has been host for the annual OBDC since 1974. Each year the focus of the conference is secondary music education and the UA Bands and School of Music sponsor a guest composer residency, as well as a guest conductor for the Ohio Band Directors Conference Honor Band. OBDC is generally held on the first Saturday in December on the The University of Akron campus.