Major Landers Scholarship

HISTORY AND PROCESS OF THE IOWA BANDMASTERS ASSOCIATION MAJOR LANDERS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship in memory of Major George W. Landers, was established, is sponsored and maintained by the Iowa Bandmaster Association. The scholarship is designed to help a promising Iowa high school senior to meet his/her financial needs in preparing for a career in band music education at an Iowa college or university. The first Major Landers scholarship was awarded to Harvey Solberger in 1956.

Each of the six districts in Iowa hold preliminary auditions. The 1st place winner in each district will then be eligible for the state Major Landers scholarship competition. The state competition is held on the Friday of the annual Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference in May at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines.

Both the district and the state auditions include a solo performance, sight reading session, a theory test and an interview. Band directors from around the state are chosen as competition judges.