More is better, is it not? It’s a question we toss around in regards to various topics. In the case of ITEA membership, more is indeed better.
Consider the numbers of tuba and euphonium players worldwide- those active in community ensembles, school bands, orchestras, military groups, academia, jazz groups, the entertainment industry, and within the home. If ITEA could offer something to all of those folks through the Journal, the website, or conferences, what could those thousands of people offer in return? The possibilities seem endless, and the potential for musical and cultural tuba-related discovery is great.
As we roll into mid spring and the publication of another ITEA Journal, I am thinking hard about ITEA membership and what it is that makes our organization worthwhile. Underscoring our existence is service and a love for what we do. The size of our membership is linked to the quality of our Journal content. Articles are generated by our membership base. Our membership community must serve itself in that regard. Please encourage your friends, your students, and your colleagues to join ITEA. The expense of a membership is not prohibitive for most, and the potential rewards are considerable.
In particular, we are working to increase our relevance outside the United States. To that end, covering activities in Europe, South America, and Asia is extremely important, as is providing translations on the website. But we can’t do it without help from a network of members in those regions. The network really is the key. Who do you know that can make ITEA smarter, more interesting, or more diverse? Please encourage them to join, and to broaden the scope of our organization.
Do you have something to offer your ITEA brethren? I encourage you to study, to write, and to report. And, of course, to play the horn.