ANBOC 2024

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‘PLAY YOUR PART’ – ANBOC 2024 (Australian National Band & Orchestra Conference)

Proudly presented by ABODA Victoria

Date: July 4-7, 2024

The Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference (ANBOC) is back, and this time it’s proudly hosted by ABODA Victoria! Following the resounding success of ANBOC 2021, we are excited to announce this year’s event, promising even more opportunities for growth, learning, and musical excellence.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Travis Cross

Travis J. Cross (he/him) serves as professor of music and director of bands at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, leads the graduate wind conducting program, and chairs the music department. He was also associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity during the initial years of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Cross has conducted the UCLA Wind Ensemble at the California All-State Music Education Conference and College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division conference and prepared the band for centenary performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Cross previously taught five years at Virginia Tech and four years at Edina (Minn.) High School. He earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University and the bachelor of music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College. His principal teachers were Mallory Thompson and Timothy Mahr.

Cross wrote a chapter for volume four of Composers on Composing for Band and contributed to The Horizon Leans Forward: Stories of Courage, Strength, and Triumph of Underrepresented Communities in the Wind Band Field and The Future of the Wind Band: Philosopher and Practitioner in Dialog, all available from GIA Publications. His more than 20 original compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Daehn Publications/C.L. Barnhouse, and Theodore Music. He has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in nearly 40 states; Canada, China, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates; as featured band clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention; and on several occasions at the Music for All National Festival and Midwest Clinic.

Cross is a member of the Council of Korean Americans and a Yamaha Master Educator.


Paula Crider

Following a distinguished 33 year teaching career, Professor Paula A. Crider continues to share her passion for making music through an active schedule as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator. She has enjoyed engagements in 48 states, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Singapore, Italy Germany, Spain and Australia. She is a professor at the University of Texas where she was twice awarded the “Eyes of Texas” award for distinguished teaching.


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Professor Crider has taught in public schools at all levels and holds the unique distinction of being the first female in the state of Texas to serve as Director of Bands at a class 5A high school. Her Crockett High School bands in Austin, Texas, earned twelve consecutive U. I. L. Sweepstakes awards for musical excellence, received national recognition on the concert stage, and were twice named Texas 5A State Marching Champions. Ms. Crider was the recipient of the National Band Association’s “Citation of Excellence,” presented by Dr. William J. Revelli for her band’s performance at the NBA national convention.

During her tenure at the University of Texas, Professor Crider conducted the Symphony Band, the Longhorn Marching and Concert Bands, and served as instructor for undergraduate conducting, brass methods, graduate wind literature, supervised student teachers and served as administrator for the Longhorn Music Camps. Highly acclaimed for its musical and marching excellence, the 380 member Longhorn Bands enjoyed national acclaim under her leadership. She has also served as Interim Director of Bands at Columbus State University, and at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She continues to serve as visiting guest professor at universities throughout the country.

Prof. Crider has written numerous articles for The Instrumentalist, The Band Director’s Guide, and the National Band Association Journal. She has published manuals for brass techniques, marching band methods and instrumental conducting, and is co-author for the Hal Leonard Masterwork Studies series, a text for high school bands. She has recently completed The Composer’s Legacy, Conductors on Conducting for Wind Band published by GIA.

Prof. Crider has presented professional teacher seminars throughout the United States and continues to work with talented young students in student leadership workshops. She serves as coordinator for the National Band Association Young Conductor/Mentor Program, and was recently appointed to the Conn/Selmer Educational Board. Professor Crider is a past president of the National Band Association and she is immediate past president of the American Bandmaster’s Association

Awards and honors include the Tau Beta Sigma/Kappa Kappa Psi “Outstanding Service to Music Award,” the Sudler “Legion of Merit,” The Women Band Director’s International Rose, the Grainger Society Medal, the Kappa Kappa Psi Bo Makvosky Memorial Award, and the Midwest Medal of Honor.

In 2004, she was named the Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmaster’s Association. She considers her greatest honor, however, to be the privilege of working with all who share a passion for excellence in making music.



ANBOC 2024 is pleased to announce it will be held at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew, Victoria!


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