Middle School Band
Membership Requirement
For a student to participate in KMEA honor groups the sponsoring teacher must be an active member of the Kansas Music Educators Association.
Shawn Martin is a retired Music Educator, having taught 5th-12th Grade Band for 31 years. During his career, he served as SWKMEA Jazz Chair, HS Band Chair, and District President. He is a graduate of Salina Central High School (Go Mustangs!), and Fort Hays State University (Go Tigers!) Mr. Martin is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu.

Middle School Band


Shawn Martin

Important Dates
Oct. 2 - Audition Upload Deadline - Late entries are not possible - $15 fee per completed audition
Oct. 10 - Judging ends
Nov. 5 - Clinic & Concert @ Dodge City MS

Audition Event Tag
Directors will need to activate the following tag in their Festival Scores account:

Please refer to the Chromatic Scale Examples page for PDF resources.

The unison audition excerpts are included in the SWKMEA Guidelines Notebook. For 2022-23, make sure you are using Cycle 1.
Cycle 1 - Even Years
Cycle 2 - Odd Years

Audio Files

Record the following audio files (mp3 format) for each audition.

SectionAudio Files
Winds and Mallets
  • File 1 - Chromatic Scale - 2 Octaves
  • File 2 - #164
  • File 1 - #123 - Including tuning of 3 timpani
  • File 1 - #132 - Snare Drum Only Exercise
  • File 2 - #164
Audition Recordings
  1. Students will audition via mp3 recording through Festival Scores. Audition recordings must be uploaded by the audition deadline.
  2. Please fill out your student profiles as completely as you can. This is the only way the Chair can get the correct information to each school and student.
  3. Audition material for all instruments will be taken from the Essential Technique for Band. These materials are selected on a two-year cycle.
  4. A chromatic scale will also be played in addition to the etude. It is written out for each instrument and provided on the website.
    Rules for Chromatic Scale:
    1. Quarter note=60 played on eighth notes
    2. Slur up, tongue down
    3. Students must play both octaves as written in chromatic scale
  5. Snare drum percussionists will play the exercise with a multiple bounce buzz roll. Quarter note at 120.
  6. Timpani percussionists will record tuning the timpani followed by the exercise with no fermatas. Quarter note at 120.
  7. Bell lyre, orchestra bells, xylophone, and the marimba are acceptable for mallet auditions. Mallet percussionists will play the same chromatic scale as listed above for wind instruments in addition to the etude. Please record the scale first followed by the etude.
  8. Each percussion instrument audition must be on a separate recording.
  9. No accompaniment playing with audition material.
  10. Directors, please listen to the recordings before submitting them. In the past, background noise or incorrect recording has ruined a recording for a student.
Violet Dubois
Garden City, KS
Important Dates - MS Band
Sep. 18, 2022 - Sun
Mentoring Kick-Off Meeting
via Zoom, 2:00 PM
Oct. 1, 2023 - Sun
Audition Upload Deadline — MS Band
$15 per audition
Nov. 4, 2023 - Sat
Clinics & Concerts — MS Band, MS Orchestra, HS Jazz Band
Dodge City MS

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