Middle Level Band
ECKMEA In-Person mini-conventions are cancelled for 2020-21. Auditions and nominations for honor groups will be held online. Rosters will be published.
ECKMEA will offer a 7th/8th grade nominated honor band.
There will not be a 9th grade honor band.
9th grade band students will be eligible to audition for ECKMEA high school instrumental groups.
Registration Due Date
Oct. 13, 2020
Blue Valley High School
6001 W. 159th Street, Stilwell, KS 66085
7th/8th Grade Band: rehearse in Little Gym, perform in auditorium.
Event Date & Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 - First Saturday in December, in conjunction with EC District Mini-Convention
- 8:00 AM - 7/8 Band begins rehearsals; breaks and lunchtime included
- 1:30 PM - Combined Concert begins with the Jazz Band and concludes with 7/8 Band.
Students should arrive in the morning between 7:30-7:50 AM to check in, purchase lunch,
and find their seats. Student lunch may be purchased on-site at morning
arrival/registration for $6 (cash only). Concert tickets may be purchased at the door for $1
The 7th/8th Grade Band provides an honor band experience for top-performing students
from each nominating school. Students will have approximately 4 hours of rehearsal with
an accomplished local band director, concluding with a concert. Music is distributed
through band directors in advance, and students are expected to have prepared their
parts before arriving. Listening examples for each piece will be posted soon. Directors
may nominate up to 8 students for participation in each band. Students are selected
based on rankings and detailed information provided in nominations.
Nominate top-performing students who will be an asset to the group and will contribute
and learn from working with an outstanding music educator. Directors, please provide
detailed information in your nominations that will best represent each student's ability.
[i.e. practical range, other honor band participation, private lessons, other outstanding
qualifications). The list of accepted students will be posted on the website and emailed to
nominating directors within one week of the nomination deadline. At least one student will
be accepted from each nominating school.
Eligible percussionists are students who are strong in all percussion specialties: mallets,
timpani, and snare drum. Each selected student will be assigned a mallet part, snare
drum part, bass drum or accessory, and other instruments per repertoire requirements.
Nominated students would be expected to play any instrument.
- Nominating directors must be a current member of NAfME, and will be required to provide
a valid membership number when nominating students.
- Directors, please ensure your students will be available to attend the event before
Each selected student will incur a $10 participation fee. Please send one school check
payable to ECKMEA to the chairperson (address on this screen). Use our Invoice
Generator to create your printed invoice:
What to Bring
Honor Band members will need to bring the following to the event:
- Your Instrument & Music Folder that was mailed to you. No extra music will be provided.
- Folding music stand! No music stands will be provided.
- Show up in the morning wearing your school concert uniform or other nice clothes. You
will not have a chance to change clothes before the concert.
- Percussionists will need to bring all mallets, sticks, and any instruments they play. Bass
Drum, timpani, and mallet keyboards are the only instruments that will be provided. Each
participating percussionist will be assigned an instrument to bring in addition to their