ALL-STATE BAND PRELIMINARY AUDITION INFORMATION...
Dear Missouri Band Directors,
Thank you for all that you are doing for students in your school and community to foster their love of music. These are still very challenging times to be in the teaching profession and even more challenging in the band world. The point to this email is to share the Missouri Bandmasters Association’s views on the upcoming All-State Band auditions.
The All-State band auditions will take place at Hickman High School in Columbia on Saturday, December 4, 2021. This will be an IN-PERSON audition. We are committed to providing the opportunity for all performers to audition live for the judging panel. As the Board of Directors for this organization, we are responsible for and must be mindful of protecting the health and safety of all participants, judges, directors, and parents involved. A back-up plan is in place to pivot to virtual auditions in the event circumstances are deemed unsafe to hold live, in-person auditions. A change in the format of the auditions will only be made as a last resort.
We will use the following protocols to help keep performers, judges, band directors and parents safe at the auditions.
We, as a board, understand that the protocols in every district are different when it comes to quarantining a student. We recommend that you encourage your students to mask up for the few weeks leading into all-state auditions to keep them from a quarantine situation. For several schools, lunch is a big part of a student being quarantined. If this is the case, we recommend asking for a seat away from the student body or at least in a place they cannot be quarantined. Please help your students be aware of their ability to help themselves audition for the all-state band. In most cases, the student has control of whether they will be quarantined.
The All-State Band will perform live at the MMEA Convention in January 2022. If a student is selected as a member of the all-state band but does not feel safe to participate in rehearsals and concert, please share this with the MBA Board In the main office on the day of auditions prior to posting the results (Or as soon as you are aware of the student’s opinion). Please try to visit with your students in advance to discuss this topic. We want everyone to have the opportunity to earn a seat in the all-state band! To get to audition is a huge honor and to make the all-state band is a tremendous honor. We want to ensure all students have access to these opportunities.
If you are not yet a member of the Missouri Bandmasters Association, please consider joining. We want to hear your voice so that we can best represent the entire state. https://missouribandmasters.org/register-2/
Kenny Hansen | Director of Bands
Blue Springs South High School | Blue Springs School District
Missouri Bandmasters Association: President
SCMMEA HS Band Vice President
Associate Director of Bands
Ava R-I Schools
507 North Spring St.
Ava, MO 65608
School: (417)683-5747 x1329
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