USSBA team, Hopkins heading to TMEA

Director's meeting, Hop Across Texas Tour set

George Hopkins, CEO of Youth Education in the Arts and Director of the nine-time World Champion Cadets, will be on hand next week with the US Scholastic Band Association team at the Texas Music Educators Association conference in San Antonio, Texas. 

Hopkins will be available to meet attendees at the USSBA table for most of Thursday, Feb. 11th and part of Friday, Feb. 12th. Additionally, the USSBA will host a meeting in the Presidio A at the Grand Hyatt from 2-3:30 on Thursday to announce the 2010 Texas schedule.  All participating or interested directors are invited to attend. 

The USSBA also recently announced it was taking reservations for the Hop Across Texas 2010 Tour in early October. Hopkins will be returning to the great state of Texas on Oct. 4-9th to offer workshops, clinics, and evaluations for interested schools. 

This will be the fifth trip for Hopkins who will now be joined on the clinic tour by Clinician Gino Cipriani, Brass Caption Supervisor for the Cadets since 2000. 

A look at each clinic offerings: 


Gino Cipriani is offering two and three-hour workshops with the wind ensembles of any USSBA band in Texas.  The content of the session can include fine tuning the needs of the band, but technique and ensemble sessions are both offered through Mr. Cipriani. 

Two-hour session: $650

Three-hour session: $850 (no charge for transportation or food) 


Hopkins offers a variety of workshops and time frames for participating schools. 

Two-hour ensemble session: $750

1:30 life skills session with students: $500

1:30 band parent’s session: $500

1:30 tape study and life skills discussion with director and staff: $500

Combinations, half day rates, and full day rates – CALL FOR INFORMATION on WIDE RANGING DISCOUNTS! 

All sessions are offered from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. but the schedule will fill fast. In the fall of 2009, Hopkins conducted eight clinics, traveling from Dallas to Houston and all places in between. 

Write for information, questions, or to make that reservation! 

To book - Hopkins or Gino, or both – write to Melissa Babalonis at or give her a call at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 112. 

For information on the TMEA meetings, contact Courtney Beard at


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