High School Band

Audition Requirements

Major Scales up to four sharps and four flats are a part of the Northeast District Audition, regardless of whether or not they are required at state. Please refer to the "Practical Ranges for Audition Scales" when advising students on the number of octaves required of specific scales.

Participation Eligibility Requirements
There are three requirements for a student to be eligible to audition for the NEKMEA Band, Jazz Band or Orchestra Winds/Percussion membership:
  1. The student must first be a performing member of their school's band program.
  2. The student's director must submit an online audition form and a printed form with payment to NEKMEA for each student auditioning. This form must be submitted by the deadline established by NEKMEA.
  3. The student must be deemed an eligible freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing in their high school.
Music Requirements for the Live Audition:
  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.
  3. Sections of the required etudes/solos.
  4. Sight reading

2021-22 Audition Excerpts

1234A Band
Jayme Malsom
Holton HS
901 New York Ave
Holton, KS 66436
w: 785-364-2181

56A Band
Aaron Edwards
Lansing HS
1412 147th Street
Lansing, KS 66043
w: 913-727-3357

Important Dates - HS Band
Sep. 13, 2021 - Mon
Business Meeting
Lawrence HS
6-9 PM
FIRST and SECOND year music teachers are our guests and get a free meal! Come get involved in your professional organization!!
Oct. 12, 2021 - Tue
Audition Registration Deadline — HS Band, HS Jazz Band
$10 per audition
Nov. 5, 2021 - Fri
LATE Audition Registration Deadline — HS Band, HS Jazz Band, HS Orchestra
$20 per audition
Nov. 6, 2021 - Sat
FINAL Audition Registration Deadline — HS Choir, HS Band, HS Jazz Band, HS Orchestra
$50 per audition
Nov. 6, 2021 - Sat
District HS Honor Group Auditions
Eudora HS & Eudora MS
Dec. 4, 2021 - Sat
Choir: Topeka HS
Orchestra: Topeka-Washburn Rural HS
Band: Topeka-Seaman HS

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