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Arkansas Small Band Association


Arkansas Small Band Association Officers

President - Blake Henley, Mountain View

Vice-President - John Fultz, Perryville

Treasurer - Bill Mitchell, Pangburn

Secretary - Aaron Decker, Riverview (in Searcy)

Member-at-Large - Wayne Root, Valley Springs

Executive Secretary - Trey Reely, Searcy, AR (retired)

Click this line for Audition Results, 2020

Links to Past Issues of the ASBA Newsletter

Clinician 2021: Don Colquitt

         Don Colquitt is currently the band director at Paulette Smith Middle School in Fouke, Arkansas and teacher AP Music Theory at Fouke High School. He has previously taught in the Hooks, Plano, Paris, Texarkana, and Pleasant Grove school districts in Texas. He also teaches music composition lessons as an adjunct faculty member at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Lewisville High School in southwestern Arkansas.


          In addition to his teaching career, Mr. Colquitt composes music for bands of all levels. Mr. Colquitt writes chamber music and has written arrangements for the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra as well as arrangements for area high school and university marching bands. Mr. Colquitt earned a Bachelor of Music degree in composition at Henderson State University where he studied with William Underwood.


          Mr. Colquitt's works have been commissioned by the Southern Arkansas University Wind Ensemble, Henderson State University, The University of Arkansas at Monticello, the University Interscholastic League, Four States Bandmasters Association, and many high school and middle school bands in the four states area. His works have premiered at the Arkansas State Band and Orchestra Association Convention, Four States Bandmasters Association Convention, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and his pieces have been performed at the Metropolitan Annual Brass Band Festival in Tokyo, Japan.


             Mr. Colquitt is a bass guitarist and is a founding member of the Texarkana Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with various groups in the Ark-La-Tax area and has played with and array of artist including Jon Faddis, Bill Watrous, Wayne Bergeron, Allen Vizzutti, Lew Soloff, Tom "Bones" Malone, Mike Williams, Dennis Montgomery, and Wayne Newton.


              Don lives in Texarkana, Texas with his wife, Letha, and two Boston Terriers. They have four children and four grandchildren. They enjoy travel, going to concerts and music festivals, fishing, and speeding time spoiling their grandchildren.

2022 Honor Band Scholarship Winners

Owen Ridenhour


Trent Hughes

(Fountain Lake)

ASBA Scholarship Program

Dear Arkansas Band Director:


If you have a student who is going to college and planning to major in music in the fall, the Arkansas Small Band Association awards scholarships to Arkansas seniors from A, AA, and AAA high schools who are planning to major in instrumental music education in college each fall. The winners will be selected by a panel of ASBA members with the most emphasis being placed on the applicant’s musical achievements, leadership in their school band, and written essay.


The link below will allow you to download an application for the scholarship. If you have more than one applicant, please feel free to print more copies of the form.


Completed applications should be returned to the address on the application form and postmarked no later than March 27. Please remind applicants to include a copy of their high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from you along with the other required information. In order for students to be eligible, applicants must be planning to major in music education (not performance) this fall.

Also encourage your students to fill out this application neatly and completely. The “brief composition” will receive much consideration.


Thank you very much for helping us provide this opportunity to your students!!


Blake Henley

President, Arkansas Small Band Association


Scholarship Application Link

2021-2022 Dates for ASBA

ASBA Member Registration Deadlines:


September 30 - $25

Extended Deadline - October 30 - $35



1. Register with ASBOA

In order for your students to audition for ASBA Honor Band, your band must be registered with ASBOA (CLICK HERE).


2. Register with ASBA

Download the registration file, then file out, print and mail to ASBA Executive Secretary.

The ASBA registration form is HERE.


3. Request a check

Make sure it gets delivered to the address on the ASBA application



Please refer all questions regarding registration to

Trey Reely at (870) 476-4646 or e-mail [email protected]

January 27, 2023

Deadline to register students

for auditions.


Click for Audition Information

To be updated in January


Click for Audition Registration Form


Click for Cut List

February 7, 2023

ASBA Honor band auditions - Riverview High School, Searcy.


The inclement weather date:

February 9, 2023.

Postmarked by March 20, 2021

Scholarship Applications Due

Document is on this page.

March 31-

April 1, 2023


Location Harding University, Searcy

Registration begins at 1:00

Registration Document


ABA Convention 2022

July 27-30


ASBA Booth at Arkansas Bandmasters Convention

The Constitution and By-Laws

in PDF format

Link to the Minutes page