State Junior High Concert Band Festival


2018 State UMEA Junior High Concert Band Festival

March 22-23, 2018
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
University of Utah



Note: No electronic enhancement of any type is allowed (synth bass, electric bass, etc). Groups using electronics will not be considered. Unless the music specifically calls for electronics, they are not to be used.

Fees: $50 application fee per band; $200 participation fee per band, if selected to perform.
You must pay the application fee and participation fees seperately.

Enter the amount you want to pay for Jr. High Band Application fees ($50 each band):


Enter the amount you want to pay for Jr. High Band Participation fees ($200 each band):

Chorale Parts for State Junior High Band Festival Audition

The audition chorale is taken from "Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician." Special thanks to Scott Rush and GIA Publications for their generosity in allowing UMEA to use these materials.


Cynthia A. Lansford
After graduating with a degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University in 1976, Cindy Lansford began her teaching career at her alma mater, Robert E. Lee High School, in Baytown, Texas. After relocating to north Texas in 1978, she began a twelve-year stint in the Plano Independent School District, first at Plano Senior High School followed by ten years at Carpenter Middle School. In 1991, Ms. Lansford joined the Birdville Independent School District and taught at Haltom High School with Greg Hull and David Bertman. During this time, the Haltom Band was selected TMEA 5A Honor Band, performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and was a finalist in the Texas UIL State Marching competition. It was here that she began studying with Eddie Green, Professor Emeritus, University of Houston. In 1996 she moved to North Ridge Middle School in the B. I. S. D. where she taught with James Smith until her retirement in 2007.
During her tenure at Carpenter, Ms. Lansford was named Teacher of the Year and was a recipient of the Ross Perot Excellence in Teaching Award. She was again named Teacher of the Year at North Ridge. Ms. Lansford served on the Prescribed Music List selection committee 2002-2006 and served her regions throughout the years in various leadership positions. She has been a frequent presenter at conventions for both Texas and Oklahoma Music Educators Associa-tions. She has also been a frequent presenter at the Texas and Oklahoma Bandmasters Associa-tions as well as through the T. B. A. Professional Development Outreach program. In 2008 Ms. Lansford received the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Bands under Ms. Lansford’s direction enjoyed much success throughout the years. Con-tinuous achievement at UIL contests, numerous festivals, as well as state recognition were the norm, and individual student accomplishments were status quo. In 2004 the North Ridge Middle School Band was awarded the prestigious Sudler Cup award presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to outstanding middle school bands. In 2005 the North Ridge Honors Band performed at the Fifty-Ninth Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 2006 the North Ridge Band was the first middle school band program to be recognized by the Texas Bandmasters Association as “An Exemplary Program”.
The 2007-2008 school year marked the first year of retirement from a public school posi-tion for Ms. Lansford, and she started her second “career” doing freelance work as a consultant, clinician, mentor, adjudicator and teacher. She has been in contact with hundreds of teachers and thousands of students through region bands and band camps throughout the South and Midwest, as well as one-on-one work with individual programs and teachers. Ms. Lansford has served as adjudicator and clinician throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah and Alaska. She recently conducted All-State bands in Arkansas (high school) and Georgia (middle school).
Ms. Lansford’s professional affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and she is currently serving as past president of Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Ms. Lansford resides in Keller, TX, with her husband, Gary Whitman, Professor of Clarinet at Texas Christian University and bass clarinetist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

If you have any questions, please contact Heath Wolf, hwolf@dsdmail.net (Festival Chairman) or Dave Faires, dfaires@alpinedistrict.org (UMEA Junior High Vice President).



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