Bandsman of the Year!

Find out how we select a member for this prestigious award and who that member is for 2019-20!

What is the Ladder of Smiles?

LADDER OF SMILES W. MICHAEL HARTUP, CHAIRMAN At some oriental band meetings, you may see a fez passed for donations to the Ladder of Smiles.  At regional meetings or competitions you may see the same and hear me, or an A.S.O.B. officer or past president, ask for donations.  Most of […]

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From DA PRESIDENT

Now that Imperial 2017 is over, I am hard at work putting my staff together. As of today, we have four new Ambassadors: Ed Harvey, Central States; James “Moose” Fitzgerald, Mid West; Dave Cravy, South Central and A.J. DiCaro, Panama. I’m doing my best trying to fill a slot in […]

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Meet W. Richard “Bear” Sobek

Well now that I am really an Officer in ASOB, I guess it is time to say hello to all out there in the land of deserts and music. I am W. Richard “Bear” Sobek, new 3rd Vice President for ASOB. I live in the country in Miami County, Kansas. […]

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Busy Times!

Greetings fellow OBers!!!! Well …Middle Earth is burning up but the parade season is ON FIRE!!!!!! Despite temps hovering at 100 degrees, the Abdallah OB has been to two parades this week. Both parades were well attended and the band sounded GREAT! Remember to HYDRATE WITH WATER!!! I know that’s […]

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Instrument Request

    Hella Shriners Oriental Band is in search of complete mouthpieces for at least five horns including the ligature, mouthpiece, and neck for single reed ‘E’ musettes. If they can get 4 or 5 of these, it will help grow their band. This provides the ASOB and its members an opportunity […]

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A quick note from Harry Pressman – ASOB President-Elect

Harry Pressman President-Elect A.S.O.B. It has been a very busy time for me since the Jamboree in Kansas City. The Arabia band has been practicing getting ready for the Texas Shrine Association convention in Tyler Texas. In addition, I’ve been trying to put the 2018-2019 staff together. A.S.O.B. will have […]

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ASOB and Ladder of Smiles Presentation for TASOB

This presentation I happened onto while doing some web surfing, I felt it was important to share with everyone. I am sure that some have seen it or may have been in the audience at the time. It is a presentation that was presented at the TASOB mid-winter meeting about six […]

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ASOB Jamboree 2018 – Fantasy Competition

As I had said before, Jamboree 2018 was great and everyone that attended had a great time. At some point though the fun had to turn toward the serious business of the ASOB. First thing Saturday morning, the bands had to put their game faces on.  Each bandsman donned the costumes […]

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ASOB Jamboree 2018 – Flash Mob

What a great weekend we had in Kansas City at the ASOB Jamboree 2018! Over the next few post I am going to share some videos taken of the event. This was a flash mob planned by our president Chris Tsaros. This started with a quick meeting at the hotel […]

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