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.




Robert Tyrome Herrings, III
Robert Tyrome Herrings, III is in his fourteenth year of teaching and has been teaching at Henry Middle School in Leander ISD since 2004. Prior to coming to Leander ISD, he was the Director of Bands at Rockdale Junior High in Rockdale, Texas.

In 2003, Mr. Herrings received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he studied under Michael Haithcock, Jeff Grogan, Dr. Kevin Sedatole and Barry Hopper. While in college, Mr. Herrings was a member of the Baylor University performing wind bands, as well as a member of the Baylor University Golden Wave Band.

At Henry Middle School, Mr. Herrings conducts the Honors Band, and assists with the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. He also teaches beginning flute and trumpet. Mr. Herrings’ bands have consistently received UIL Sweepstakes ratings, as well as unanimous first division ratings, Best In Class, and Overall Outstanding Band honors at festivals around the state. From 2009-2017, the program at Henry earned distinction as a National Wind Band Honors Class AA winner, and in 2008 and 2013, the Henry Middle School Honors Band was selected to perform at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington. The program was named the 2010, 2014 and 2018 TMEA Class CCC Honor Band and was also selected to perform at the 2010, 2012 and 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In June 2011, Mr. Herrings and his program were awarded the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup Award, and in July of the same year, Mr. Herrings was named the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year. In May of 2014, the Texas Chapter of the American School Band Director's Association awarded the Outstanding Band Program Award to the Artie Henry MS Band Program, and in November of the same year, the Henry MS Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

An active clinician and adjudicator around the state, Mr. Herrings is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mr. Herrings also serves as the TMEA Region 32 Middle School Band Chair, as well as the Region 32 TBA representative. He is honored to be a member of Phi Beta Mu and a mentor to new-to-profession teachers at Henry Middle School.

Mr. Herrings enjoys motivating young musicians to achieve the highest level of performance by sharing his extreme love and passion for music with them on a daily basis. He feels honored, privileged and extremely blessed to have a loving mother and grandmother, many great mentors, band directors and close friends who have influenced his career thus far.

Above all, his students have been his greatest inspiration!

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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