Membership Requirement
For a student to participate in KMEA honor groups the sponsoring teacher must be an active member of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

Middle School Band

2023-24

Clinician
Will Cooper

Important Dates
Sep. 1 - Distribute audition excerpts
Oct. 1 - Audition uploading begins
Oct. 29 - Audition Upload Deadline, 11:59:59 PM - Late entries are not possible. - $5 audition fee per completed audition
Nov. 5 - Judging ends
Nov, 8 - Roster published
Jan. 27 - Clinic & Concert @ Pittsburg Middle School - $15 participation fee per selected student

Fees
Use the SEKMEA Invoice Generator to create your fee invoices. An invoice print-out must be included with each payment. Make checks payable to Southeast KMEA.

Audition Registration
Auditions for SEKMEA Middle School Band are submitted by directors via the Festival Scores audition management system. Directors should watch this short FS tutorial video.

Audition Event Tag
Directors will need to activate the following tag in their Festival Scores account:
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Music Requirements for Auditions

2023-24 Audition Excerpt files

Wind and Mallet Players
  1. A chromatic scale starting and ending on a concert Bb slurred up and tongued down. Quarter note=90. Example is written on the audition excerpts.
  2. All 3 excerpts
Snare and Timpani
  1. All 3 excerpts
Other information about excerpts
On Excerpt 1, Flutes, Clarinets, Trumpets, Trombones, and Baritones have an optional octave added to the first four measures. Students that successfully play the upper octave in their recording will receive more points on their audition total. It is not required for students to play the upper octave.

Audition Excerpt Cuts
All Winds/Mallet players will have to play a chromatic scale starting and ending on a concert Bb slurred up and tongued down.

High Winds/Mallets (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Mallets)
Excerpt 1- First 8 measures
Excerpt 2- ALL

Low Winds (Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba)
Excerpt 1- First 8 measures
Excerpt 3- ALL

Snare
Excerpt 2 & 3 ALL

Timpani
Excerpt 1 & 3 ALL
Audition Media Files
Each audition will consist of audio files saved in mp3 format. For an audition to be completed you must have all audio files for each student uploaded by the deadline. If you only have a portion of the uploading done by the deadline for an individual student, that submission will not be accepted by the system. Make sure the correct files are uploaded to each slot.
High Winds & Mallets (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Mallets)
  • File #1 - Chromatic Scale
  • File #2 - Excerpt #1
  • File #3 - Excerpt #2
Low Winds (Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba)
  • File #1 - Chromatic Scale
  • File #2 - Excerpt #1
  • File #3 - Excerpt #3
Timpani
  • File #1 - Excerpt #1
  • File #2 - Excerpt #3
Snare
  • File #1 - Excerpt #2
  • File #2 - Excerpt #3
Judging
Participating directors are expected to assist with judging. Update your director profile in Festival Scores with your areas of expertise. This will help identify directors for judging each section, which will be assigned by the chair.

Dress Attire
Students may wear school clothing for rehearsals. Facilities will be available to change before the concert. All clothing must follow your school's dress code. Concert Dress is as follows:
Ladies: Dresses/Skirts/Slacks and nice shirt (no jeans, t-shirts or tennis shoes)
Men: Slacks and Dress Shirt/Sweater, tie is optional (no jeans, t-shirts or tennis shoes)

Schedule
8:30 - Registration/Check In-New Gym
9:00 - Rehearsal- New Gym
9:30 - Directors Meeting (Staff Development Center in Basement)
10:30 - Break
10:45 - Rehearsal- New Gym
12:20 - Lunch- Cafeteria- concession stand available
1:00 - Rehearsal- New Gym
2:15 - Change for concert
2:45 - Return to New Gym to wait for concert
3:00 PM - Concerts Begin
  • Middle School Band
  • Elementary Choir
  • Middle School Choir

Student Checklist
  • Sheet music with measures numbered
  • Pencil for marking the music
  • Money for lunch or a sack lunch. (Please encourage students to bring smaller bills to purchase their lunch.)
  • Water in a closeable container. (No pop is allowed in the music room or gyms.)
  • Concert attire.
  • A positive attitude and desire to have a great day making music with others!
 
Chairperson
Delani Vogrin
Pittsburg Community MS
1310 N. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
w: 620-235-3240
Important Dates - MS Band
Oct. 29, 2023 - Sun
Audition Upload Deadline — MS Band
Late entries will not be accepted
$5 audition fee per completed audition
Jan. 27, 2024 - Sat
Clinics & Concerts — MS Band, MS Choir, Elementary Choir
Pittsburg Community Middle School
$15 participation fee per selected student

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