PLEASE READ!!! Regardless of whether your school participates in District Band events. This includes nominations for the John East Mentoring Award!It's that time again!!! Congratulations to all of those who are having fantastic marching seasons and congratulations to those who are very close to concert season! This email contains a lot of information about District Band Auditions. Please read through the entire email. As always, if you have questions, please ask!
JOHN EAST MENTOR AWARD: NOMINATIONS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 29TH (District Band Registration/Cancellation Deadline)!!
If you feel that there is a director who has made your life a little easier throughout the years and you would like to recognize him or her for their kindness, take a second to nominate them for this wonderful award.
This award is for an SCMMEA band director that has put in many years of service to education and the SCMMEA. The award should recognize the veteran director that is always willing to help the "rookie" director with a humble attitude. John never vaulted himself above others, and always made young directors feel a sense of worth about themselves. Young and old directors spent a great deal of time with John seeking or receiving advice. He was always there for everyone and he appreciated the "fraternity" of our job.
Click the link below to submit your nomination:
John East Nomination Form
AUDITIONS: Tuesday, November 5, 2019. (For future planning, they are the first Tuesday of each November). This year the auditions will be held at Parkview High School. We will begin at 4:30 pm.
Arrival info from Curtis:
Parkview dismisses at 2:55pm. Schools should not arrive before 3:30pm. All students should be dropped off at the cafeteria entrance on Chrisman Drive and busses will park at JFK Stadium. Thanks!!
JUDGES: Judges have already been selected and notified. Judging information will be sent out as we get closer to the event. If you have any questions let me know.
COST: The fee for each audition is $10 (Concert and/or Jazz). If your student is auditioning for both Jazz and Concert or on multiple instruments, it is $10 for EACH audition. For example, if you have a student who plans to audition on Soprano Clarinet ($10) and Bass Clarinet ($10) for concert band and Tenor Saxophone ($10) for jazz band, then the total for that one student is $30.
In addition to your audition fees, each school needs to pay $10 for the Ernie Pratt Scholarship. Ernie was a longtime band director at Republic & Kickapoo. In honor of his contribution to Music Education in the South Central District, the SCMMEA band directors award a scholarship to a senior that is a member of the SCMMEA District Band who is planning on becoming a music major. Applications will be due the day of the District Band Concert and will be selected by a committee and awarded that night at the concert.
Please make all checks payable to “SCMMEA.”
MUSIC DISTRIBUTION: Music and rehearsal/concert info will be emailed and/or shared via Google Drive. Folders will be handed out at the first rehearsal, January 4. As soon as your students finish their auditions and/or you finish judging AND RESOLVING ALL DOUBLING ISSUES, you are free to go. Be sure to have your phone available in the event that we need to contact you with any further doubling concerns! You will be emailed and/or Google Doc shared the results as soon as possible. The goal is to get the results out that evening, if not, they will be sent out the next day.
CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Registration will open Thursday, October 17, 2019. Please read the instructions very carefully and be sure to include all the information asked. You can ADD or REMOVE students through the registration system at any time until the Cancellation Deadline of Thursday, October 29, 2019 at 11:59pm. After this point, you will be financially responsible for all remaining entries.
MSHSAA: This is a MSHSAA sanctioned event, so that means there must be an official at the event for EACH participating school. I’m sure that we’ve all had enough MSHSAA training to know who qualifies as a “school official”.
REHEARSALS & CONCERTS: The first rehearsal is Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Parkview High School from 9-12. We have had scheduling issues in the past with All-State Choir kiddos so I am checking on their rehearsal schedules. Be prepared for a possible change. I will let you know what I found out ASAP.
The full day rehearsal/concert is Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Southwest Baptist University. Seating of the bands will start at 8:45am and rehearsal will begin at 9:00am. The concert will be at 6:30pm in Pike Auditorium on the campus of SBU. The make-up date for the rehearsal/concert is Saturday, January 18, 2020. The clinicians are John Zastoupil, MSU for Honor Band and Tim Allshouse, Blue Springs for Concert Band.
LINK FOR REGISTRATION: Below you will find a link to the online registration form which will work hand-in-hand with our online judging system as well. It is INCREDIBLY EASY but in the event that you have troubles, I have recorded a screenshot video to walk you through the process.
Registration link: scmmea.g-toms.org
Tutorial Link: Screenshot Tutorial
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to let me know!