Application Instructions for New Members (non-Associate membership)
Note: To become an "Active Status" ASBDA Member you must first fit the following criteria:
  • Active membership shall be open to band directors of established personal and professional integrity who are actively engaged in exemplary teaching and directing, or supervision of school bands on the elementary, middle school, junior high, and/or high school levels.
  • Paramount in consideration of a candidate, and superseding all other qualifications, should be their personal character traits and professional ethics record in their present and previous positions. Their record of service in their district and state associations shall be above question.
  • Experience as a band director in public or private schools. A candidate must have completed a minimum of five (5) years experience in the field.
  • Quality of Work: The work of the candidate should be evaluated on the merits of the bands consistently produced. The work of the candidate should be of exemplary quality as to command the respect of their colleagues in the state he/she represents.
  • A candidate for membership must have a sponsor who is currently an ASBDA member. There are many ASBDA members nationwide willing to serve as sponsors. If you are interested in membership and would like to be paired with a sponsor please contact the appropriate Region Rep or State Chair.
  • After establishing an official ASBDA Sponsor, complete and submit the online Membership Application from the link below:


  • Submit a $40 payment (for membership materials) via PayPal at the end of your application submission.
  • Your ASBDA Sponsor needs to complete and submit the online Sponsor Application from the link below.

  • Once you have decided to sponsor a new member, send them this link to the New Member Application. 
  • 2019-2020 New Member Application link
  • Three current ASBDA members (other than your sponsor) must each complete and submit the online New Member Reference Form from the link below.

  • All application materials must be submitted by March 15.  You will most likely hear from the National Membership Chair after that time.