High School Jazz Band

High School Jazz Band


Greetings to all of you in the Music Education field! I hope your year is off to a good start and all is going well. I'm returning to the Northwest KMEA District after 16 years of being in the Southwest District. It's good to be back and I'm looking forward to reacquainting and/or meeting those you I don't know yet. I did serve as District Jazz chairperson for two years when I was in NW. I retired from full time teaching Band at Great Bend High School after 11 years, and am teaching part-time at Central Plains (Claflin-Holyrood). I'm in my 43rd year of teaching (save the comments for later! LOL!)

Steven Lueth will be the clinician for the mini-convention on Nov. 2. Steven retired from Barton Co. Com. College and is now teaching "part-time" at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. PLEASE encourage your students to audition for the District Honor Jazz Band as we would like to have a full ensemble. Even if you don't have a Jazz Band in your school, they can still participate in this group! They can also be a member of the District Honor Band which meets in December.

The Jazz entry is due on Sep. 26 by 11:59 PM CENTRAL TIME!!! (Sorry Mountain Time Zone schools!) Festival Scores is used and the selections need to be uploaded in mp3 format. PLEASE play back your student's entry in Festival Scores to make sure you can hear the audio. Your school is not charged for the audition; only if the student makes the Jazz Band. Please email me or text/call me if you have questions.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in November!
Steven Lueth

Dates and Deadlines
Sep. 13 - Audition Uploads begin in Festival Scores. Audition Event Tags are displayed in the table below.
Sep. 26, 11:59:59 (Central Time) - Audition Upload deadline. Late entries are not possible.
Sep. 27-30 - Judging via Festival Scores. Participating directors are required to assist.
Nov. 2 - NWKMEA Mini-Convention I @ Hays High School

Audition Recordings
We will use recorded mp3 auditions this year. Follow the link to Festival Scores and set up a Director account.

Festival Scores - Audition Events

Directors, you will need to activate the following Event Tags in your Festival Scores Director account in order to upload audition entries.

Audition EventEvent Tag
Horn Auditions - Saxophone, Trumpet, TromboneCR6PK7H
Rhythm Section, No Drums - Piano, Bass, Guitar6TYJN9H
Mark DeWald
Claflin-Central Plains
c: 785-650-2194