spaceCBDNA/NBA Southern Division February 18-20, 2016
spaceCharleston, South Carolina



Sessions and Concerts (pdf)

Shuttle Schedule (pdf)


Conference Schedule

Performing Ensembles


Online Registration

Conference Housing

Traveling to the Conference

Charleston Restaurants

The Gaillard Center
Charleston Southern University
Charleston, South Carolina




     CBDNA 2014 Jacksonville

     CBDNA 2012 Kennesaw

     CBDNA 2010 Oxford

     CBDNA 2008 Columbus


Dear CBDNA Colleagues:

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, February 18-20, in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina!  Our host, Marshall Forrester, Director of Bands at Charleston Southern University, has done an outstanding job of organizing the conference which will include performances and presentations by some of the finest university ensembles, conductors, composers, and scholars in our profession. We will also be joined by several outstanding performing groups presented by our affiliates from the National Band Association.

Our theme for the conference is “Looking to the Future: Keeping Our Focus On What Really Matters” and we are very excited to welcome Craig Kirchhoff, Director of Bands (ret), University of Minnesota as our keynote guest artist.  Professor Kirchhoff will be leading several sessions during the conference which will make our conference incredibly profound and memorable.

The conference hotel is conveniently located near the Gaillard Center and downtown Charleston (which has some of the best dining options to be found in the United States!) - all of which will be served via shuttle coach to and from the hotel.  Conference activities will begin late-morning on Thursday, February 18, and conclude with evening performances on Saturday, February 20.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Charleston!

Cody Birdwell, University of Kentucky
President - CBDNA Southern Division

The 2016 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference is fast approaching, and I am confident this will be the best one yet! We are excited that Marshall Forrester and Charleston Southern University will be our hosts this year and happy that our concerts will take in the beautiful Gaillard Center downtown.

I'd like to thank the members of the NBA Performing Group Selection Committee who had a difficult task of selecting the guest bands from among a competitive field of fine music programs in the South. This year¹s conference will showcase excellence in instrumental music on many levels. National Band Association bands performing this year represent the states of Florida, Georgia,and South Carolina.

In addition, I would like to thank Dr. Cody Birdwell, the CBDNA Southern Division President, and our conference hosts, who have worked diligently throughout the course of the year to create what I believe will be the best Southern Division conference to date. Please make plans to join us. It will be a musically enriching experience.

Craig Aarhus, Mississippi State University
NBA Southern Division Chair

Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina! The city is acclaimed annually as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Settled in 1670, it is unique among cities. Time and place have endowed Charleston with a breathtaking combination of history, tradition, nature, cuisine, and culture that continuously leaves all in awe - visitor, transplant, and native alike. Beauty here in the Lowcountry exists in many forms: natural, interpersonal, social, culinary, meterological, and - in the case of our wind band conference - aesthetic! Talented students and conductors from across the Southeast have prepared thoughtful and stimulating programs featuring music crafted by the best composers in our profession. And in two cases, bands consisting of professional, educator musicians are ready to musically welcome you to South Carolina!

Let's not forget architectural and acoustic beauty - which have recently been enhanced here with the completion of the new Gaillard Center. Mayor Joe Riley, Jr., an ardent supporter of the arts, led the civic effort to construct this hall and as such it has become the crowning jewel of his 40-year tenure in office. Sound in the hall is vibrant and true, and it will serve our art well during the conference.

Finally, while we will not be on the campus of Charleston Southern Univerity during the term of the conference, we will nonetheless benefit from the generosity of CSU. Our dedicated staff and music education students will serve at registration and in conference logistics. Our Horton School of Music faculty, students, and alumni have prepared and will contribute artistically. And, the University as a whole is adding both in-kind and financial support to make the conference a success. This is our gift to you and our association, and we say a very heartfelt "Welcome to Charleston, Y'all!"

Sincerely Yours,
Marshall Forrester, Charleston Southern University
Conference Host