Band

The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a middle school and high school level band. These ensembles include woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State bands are the top performers in Nevada. High school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble, while middle school students are nominated by their middle school band director.

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High School

Audition Process

  1. 2021 Nevada All State Band Audition Information
  2. NMEA Audition Application
  3. Pay audition fee

Students must complete the NMEA All-State Audition Application and pay the $10.00 audition fee. Payment must be complete in order to audition. Click here to pay audition fee(s).

*Audition fees are at a lower rate this year due to the All-State Festival being virtual.*

Chairpersons

James Gillette

GilleJG@nv.ccsd.net

Christi Blahnik

Christiana.Blahnik@WashoeSchools.net

Julio Vargas

Vargajc@nv.ccsd.net

John Seaton

seaton.john@gmail.com

Guest Conductor

To be announced!

 


DUE DATES

  • Audition registration due – JANUARY 15, 2021
  • Submit audition recording due – FEBRUARY 1, 2021

Middle School

Nomination Process

Nominate a student here!

Chairpersons

Marissa Davidson, davidmd@nv.ccsd.net

Diane Galahan, dgalahan@dcsd.k12.nv.us 

Guest Conductor

Meet Your Director!

Dr. Jermie Arnold

Doctor Jermie Arnold was appointed to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach as the Associate Director of Bands in the fall of 2012. Dr. Arnold is the principal conductor of the Symphonic and Concert Bands and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Dr. Arnold also serves as the Director of Woodwind studies. In 2014Dr. Arnold received the Most Inspirational Professor Award from the CSULB Alumni Concert Band Festival sponsored by Music For All.

Dr. Arnold has presented at the National CBDNAConference, UMEA, OMEA and CASMEC. He is published in the Fall 2016 Journal of Band Research. He conducted the Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Symphony at the 5th InternationalWind Band Conference in Seoul, Korea, the American Band Masters Association National conference, the Northwestern/Western CBDNA Regional Conference and the University of Hertfordshire Music Festival in London England. Dr. Arnold conducted the First Trumpeters concert at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 2016 where he collaborated with Principal Trumpet players from across the globe including Tom Hooten, Justin Bartels, Andrea Giuffro and Kazuaki Kikumoto.

Dr. Arnold completed his DMA in 2014 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where his primary mentors were Mark Camphouse, Anthony Maiello, and Dennis Layendecker. Dr. Arnold received his master and bachelor’s degrees in music education from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Dr. Arnold’s public-school teaching experience includes 7 years as Director of Band at American Fork Jr. High School in American Fork, Utah. His ensembles performed at the National MENC Conference, the Inaugural Music for All National Middle School Festival and the Utah Music Educators Conference. The UMEA recognized Dr. Arnold twice, first with the Superior Accomplishment Award in 2006 and second with the Outstanding  Junior High-Middle School Music Educator Award in 2008. Dr. Arnold also served as the Assistant Director of Bands at American Fork High School participating in performances at the National Concert Band Festival, the Presidential Inaugural Parade, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

He has been a guest conductor in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Nebraska, New York, Utah, and Virginia. He has served as adjudicator at marching and concert band contests throughout the United States. He and his wife, Amber, enjoy their children Jacob, Kyle and Bethany.

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