Middle Level Band
7th/8th Grade Band: Craig Theis, Park Hill South (retired)
9th Grade Band: Pat Setser, University of Central Missouri
Sep. 13 - Business Meeting @ Lawrence HS
Oct. 12 - Nomination Deadline
Dec. 4 - Mini-Conventions (Bands @ Topeka-Seaman HS)
The Middle Level Bands (7th/8th Grade Band, 9th Grade Band) provide 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.
Directors may nominate up to 12 students for participation
in each band (12 for 7th/8th grade; 12 for 9th grade). Students are selected
based on rankings and detailed information provided in nominations.
All nominations must be entered online in the KMEA Members
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.
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 nominating them.
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.
Each selected student will incur a $10 participation fee. Please send one
school check payable to NEKMEA to the chairperson (address on this
screen) AFTER rosters have been posted.
Use our Invoice Generator
to create your printed invoice.
Do not send money until you receive the results and you know how many students you have participating.
Student participation fees must be paid before rehearsals begin.
Event Location & Schedule
Topeka-Seaman High School
4850 NW Rochester Rd
Topeka, KS 66617
- 8:00 AM - Middle Level Bands begin rehearsals; breaks and lunchtime included
- 1:00 PM - Concert
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 (Cost for lunch is TBA). Concert tickets may be
purchased at the door for $1.
What to Bring
Honor Band members will need to bring the following to the event:
- Your Instrument & Music 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, concert black,
or black pants/skirt and a white dress top.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 personal materials.
KMEA Membership Requirement
The NEKMEA board voted to require membership in NAfME-KMEA in order to register students for NEKMEA honor groups.
This is in line with the KMEA policy requiring membership in order to register students for KMEA All-State ensembles.
- Join NAfME. Indicate Kansas in your membership profile.
- Set up an account in the KMEA Members website.
This creates a connection between your NAfME profile and KMEA's registration systems.
- After creating an account in the KMEA Members site, select your district affiliation so you may participate in elections.
- When registering students for NE district or All-State ensembles, your NAfME ID will be part of the registration.
- Do not wait until the deadline day to start this process!