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.

High School Band


Gold Band: Edward F. Protzman, Portland State University
Red Band: Joshua Kearney, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Blue Band: Corey Seapy, University of Central Missouri

Important Dates
Aug. 29 - Business Meeting @ Gardner-Edgerton HS
Oct. 10 - Audition Registration Deadline - $18 per audition
Oct. 24 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 - $25 per audition
Oct. 30 - Alternate Auditions @ Blue Valley North HS
Nov. 3 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 - $50 per audition
Nov. 4 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 - on-site registration $100 per audition
Nov. 4 - Auditions @ Gardner-Edgerton HS
Dec. 1 - Clinics & Rehearsals
  • Gold and Blue Bands @ Blue Valley HS
  • Jazz and Red Bands @ Blue Valley West HS
Dec. 2 - Clinics, Rehearsals, & Concerts @ Blue Valley HS

Participation Eligibility Requirements
In order participate in an ECKMEA Honor Ensemble nomination process, audition, rehearsal, and/or performance, students must:
  • Attend a school that is in good standing with KSHSAA within the geographic boundaries of the East Central District
  • Be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior in good standing at their school and meet any applicable KSHSAA eligibility requirements
  • Be enrolled in a vocal or instrumental performance class at their school
  • Be registered to audition or nominated by an active ECKMEA member
  • Have all appropriate registration or audition fees paid on their behalf
High School students must select only one area in which to audition (Band, Choir, or Orchestra.) The only allowable exception is that Orchestra students may audition for Jazz Band, but will have to choose between Orchestra and Jazz Band if selected for both. Instrumental students must have their director declare a preference for instrument and ensemble when registering. Honor Ensemble Chairs will consider student preference in addition to audition scores, instrumentation, and ensemble quality when placing students who are selected for more than one group (i.e. Flute / Piccolo; Jazz / Concert Band.)

Audition Excerpts
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Notice regarding Percussion Auditions
ECKMEA requires that percussionists complete a total percussion audition playing snare, mallet, and timpani. ECKMEA percussion students will need to prepare all three excerpts for their ECKMEA Honor Band audition.
Justin Love
Overland Park-Blue Valley West HS
16200 Antioch
Overland Park, KS 66085
w: 913-239-3700
Important Dates - HS Band
Aug. 29, 2023 - Tue
ECKMEA Business Meeting
Gardner-Edgerton HS
5:30 - Mentoring meet & greet
6:00 - Dinner
6:30 - General business
7:00 - Break-out meetings
Oct. 10, 2023 - Tue
Audition Registration Deadline — HS Band, HS Jazz
$18 per audition
Oct. 24, 2023 - Tue
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 — HS Band, HS Jazz
$25 per audition
Oct. 30, 2023 - Mon
Alternate Auditions - HS Honor Groups
Blue Valley North HS, 7:00 PM
Nov. 3, 2023 - Fri
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 — All HS Ensembles
$50 per audition
Nov. 4, 2023 - Sat
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 — All HS Ensembles
$100 per audition
Nov. 4, 2023 - Sat
District HS Honor Group Live Auditions
Gardner-Edgerton HS
Nov. 21, 2023 - Tue
Student Scholarship Application due
Dec. 1, 2023 - Fri
HS Concert Bands & Jazz Band Rehearsals
Gold & Blue Bands @ Blue Valley HS
Jazz & Red Bands @ Blue Valley West HS
Dec. 2, 2023 - Sat
Choir: Shawnee Mission NWHS
Orchestra: Olathe West HS
Band: Blue Valley HS

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