High School Band

High School Band


Update for HS Auditions
  • HS Band, Jazz, and Orchestra instrumental auditions will be held by video again this year using the format put in place last year.
  • Late Deadline #3 is eliminated for instrumental groups. Videos will be due by Nov. 3.
  • HS Choir auditions will be held in person, as scheduled.
Tom Davoren: Gold Band
Craig Fuchs: Red Band
Frank Perez: Blue Band

Important Dates
Oct. 12 - Audition Registration Deadline - $12 per audition
Oct. 26 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 - $25 per audition
Nov. 1 - Alternate Auditions
Nov. 3 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 - $50 per audition
Nov. 3 - Audition Videos must be entered by this date. Late videos cannot be accepted.
Nov. 6 - Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 - on-site registration $100 per audition
Nov. 6 - Video Judging of Auditions @ Gardner-Edgerton HS
Dec. 4 - Clinics & 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.)

Music Requirements for the Live Audition
Major Scales up to four sharps and four flats are a part of the East Central District Honor Bands Audition. Please refer to the "Practical Ranges for Audition Scales" when advising students on the number of octaves required of specific scales and full range for chromatic scale.
  1. A full range chromatic scale slurred up and tongued down. Quarter Note MM=120. Memorization is not required.
  2. One major scale with up to 4 sharps or 4 flats. Quarter Note MM= 120. Memorization is not required. All scales will start on the lowest possible starting note in the practical range. Each scale is non-transposed (i.e., if a trumpet player is asked to perform a C scale, they will be expected to perform a C scale on their instrument, not a C concert scale.) The major scale for each instrument will be posted by the band chairpersons on the morning of live auditions.
    HS Band Scale Ranges.pdf
  3. Sections of the required etudes/solos.
  4. Sight reading

Required etudes/solos
Wind Instruments: Please refer to the KMEA All-State web page for current etudes/solos to be used for auditions. ksmea.org/hsband/excerpts.
Courtney Nichols
Olathe-Santa Fe Trail MS
1100 N. Ridgeview Rd
Olathe, KS 66061
w: 913-780-7290
Important Dates - HS Band
Aug. 31, 2021 - Tue
Annual Business Meeting
via Zoom
Oct. 12, 2021 - Tue
Audition Registration Deadline — HS Band, HS Jazz
$12 per audition
Oct. 26, 2021 - Tue
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 — HS Band, HS Jazz
$25 per audition
Nov. 1, 2021 - Mon
Alternate Auditions - HS Honor Groups
Blue Valley North HS, 7:00 PM
Nov. 3, 2021 - Wed
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 — Instrumental Ensembles
$50 per audition
Nov. 3, 2021 - Wed
HS Instrumental Video Audition Entry Deadline
Late entries will not be accepted
Nov. 5, 2021 - Fri
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 — HS Choir only
$50 per audition
Nov. 6, 2021 - Sat
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 — HS Choir only
$100 per audition
Nov. 6, 2021 - Sat
Auditions - District HS Honor Groups
Gardner-Edgerton HS
Band, Jazz, & Orchestra: Video Auditions
Choir: In-Person Auditions
Dec. 4, 2021 - Sat
HS Choir: Shawnee Mission NWHS
ML/Elem Choirs: Shawnee Mission North HS
Orchestra: Olathe West HS
Band: Blue Valley HS & Blue Valley North HS
Specific locations for each band will be posted soon

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