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District and State Honor Band

District Band is an audition honor band hosted by Kansas Music Educators Association.  Our district includes all of the 6A schools in the Northeast corner of the State from Topeka to Kansas City.  There are over 1,000 students that audition just for band.


The etudes are released by KMEA at the end of the school year.  Auditions are held in November of the following school year. Students prepare an etude and scales on their own outside of class, usually with the help of a private teacher. The audition is blind, where the judges cannot see the students auditioning. The students perform the etude and scales in addition to sight reading.


Selected students perform at the District Band Festival.  They are then eligible to audition for the Kansas All-State Band. The music and process for State is the same as District. These auditions are in early January (sometimes before we are back from winter break) and are held at Salina Central High School. We bus the students down the Friday night before the auditions and stay in a hotel. The auditions usually last until late afternoon and then we bus back home.

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