State Junior High Concert Band Festival

The State Junior High/Middle School Band festival is scheduled for March 16 and 17, 2017 at the University of Utah Libby Gardner Hall.

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

Chris Meredith

Chris Meredith joins 2017 adjudication staff

Chris Meredith is currently in his tenth year of teaching at Shadow Ridge Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas. His responsibilities include directing Honor Winds, Jazz Band, assisting Symphonic Band, and teaching the beginning french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and tuba classes.

Ensembles at Shadow Ridge have consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading contests, have been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors project six consecutive years (2010-2015), and performed at The 66th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. Most recently, Honor Winds has been a top 5 Finalist in the last two Texas CC Honor Band Contests 2014 & 2016.

Meredith is an alum of the University of North Texas College of Music and Southern Methodist University. As an active trombonist, Meredith performed twice at the 2003 International Trombone Festival in Helsinki, Finland as a Finalist in both the ITA Solo and Quartet Competitions, has performed as principal bass trombonists of multiple groups, including San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, North East Orchestra and at the Pierre Montuex School. Meredith has also been a multiple recipient of the Lewisville Education Foundation's "Foundation Award," honored with the Texas PTA Lifetime Member Award, and was the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year at Shadow Ridge Middle School.

Mr. Meredith is an active adjudicator, guest clinician and lecturer. Current projects include Rhythm Rockers: a rhythmic progression for young musicians and the Musical Mastery Beginner Band series with Asa Burk, Alicia DeSoto, Kathy Johnson, and Dominic Talanca. Meredith resides in Highland Village, Texas with his beautiful and brilliant wife Dr. Kimberly Meredith.

Michael Stone

Michael Stone joins 2017 adjudication staff

Michael D. Stone earned the B.A. in Music Education/Performance and the M.Ed. in Education from University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Stone serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Bakersfield City School District. As the arts administrator for the district, he oversees arts programs at 31 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, and 2 junior high schools. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Stone served for over 14 years as instrumental music teacher at Chipman Junior High School, also in the Bakersfield City School District.

Chipman bands and orchestras consistently earned Unanimous Superior Ratings at California Music Educators Association (CMEA) ratings festivals during his tenure. Chipman ensembles performed at the state conferences of CMEA and California Band Directors Association (CBDA). Mr. Stone was featured in the January 1999 issue of The Instrumentalist Magazine, and has written several articles for the magazine since that time. During the summer of 1998, he was awarded the prestigious "Fellowship in Music Education" at Northwestern University. In March of 2009, Mr. Stone served as an Online Mentor for the Music Educators National Conference National Council of Supervisors of Music Education. In 2016, Mr. Stone authored a blog post entitled "Mentoring New Music Educators for Lifelong Success in the Profession" for the National Association for Music Education, or NAfME.

Under his leadership, Bakersfield City School District was named a 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. The District's Music In Our Schools Week instrumental music recruitment program received a 2014 Golden Bell Award of the California School Boards Association, the only from Kern County. In October of 2015, Mr. Stone was recognized by the Arts Council of Kern as its Outstanding Arts Educator at its Accomplishments Awards Gala.

Mr. Stone is President of CMEA, and a Past President of California Band Directors Association (CBDA), CMEA Central Section, and the Kern County Music Educators Association (KCMEA)). He has also served in an adjunct capacity at California State University, Bakersfield, teaching instrumental music methods to undergraduates. Mr. Stone holds active memberships in many professional organizations, including The National Association for Music Education, CBDA, CMEA, KCMEA, and Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. He was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association in 2001. Mr. Stone is a euphoniumist and trombonist, and is a founding member of the Bakersfield Winds, a symphonic wind ensemble.

Active as an adjudicator and guest conductor, Mr. Stone has conducted honor bands and orchestras throughout California, as well as in Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon. Recent guest conducting engagements include the 2016 Washoe County Middle Honor Band in Reno, Nevada and the 2016 Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Stairway of the Stars Honors Concert. He has served for many years as a guest conductor at the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in California’s Sonoma County.

If you have any questions, please contact Heath Wolf, (Festival Chairman) or Dave Faires, (UMEA Junior High Vice President).

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