Pep Band 19/20

Hello all!

Pep Band starts this week!  There's a copy of this attached schedule hanging in the band room and there are extra copies for you to grab if you need another.  I suggest taking a screenshot of this post or taking a picture of the sign hanging in the band room so you've always got it with you.  Looking forward to some quality time with you guys!

Honor Bands Season

Honor Band Season is upon us!  We treat honor bands as our addressing of our part of being ready for college...as musicians.  This schedule is made in order to maximize your ability to get in with many of the prominent music faculties/facilities in the state while learning from some of the best guest conductors available.  These are fantastic opportunities to play alongside the state's most talented musicians while being conducted by some of the nation's premiere conductors!  Opportunities like these look great on scholarships and point solidly at leadership.  Some sign up details will be added to this post in the coming days, as they are made available by the respective university.  EHO's to get you excused from school for these events can be printed out here eventually (uploading updated EHO form).

***This post is currently missing a lot of information as it has not yet been published***

KMEA All-State
Live Audition, 2 Rounds
See Mr. Miller for audition music
Sign-Up Deadline: October 8
Round 1: November 19 @ Beechwood HS
Round 2: December 14 @ John Hardin HS

Xavier Honor Band*
**Still no details as of 11/7/19**
Nomination Ensemble
Occurs TBA
Sign-Up Deadline: TBA

Western Kentucky University Honor Band*
Nomination Ensemble + Freshman/Sophomore Ensemble
chair auditions occur after nomination
Occurs January 23-25
Sign-Up Deadline: TBA, typically mid-November
More info

Eastern Kentucky University Honor Band*
Audition Ensemble
Occurs November 24-26
Sign-Up Deadline: November 6

University of Louisville Honor Band*
Nomination Ensemble
Occurs January 24-25
Sign-Up Deadline: October 30
More Info

Morehead State University Honor Band*
Audio Submission Ensemble (See details)
Occurs February 13-15
Details: All-State excerpts used as audition pieces.
Special Note: Col. Michael J. Colburn (former director of the Marine Corps "President's Own" Band, Richard Saucedo (composer and former director of Carmel HS), and Dr. Margaret Underwood (Director of Bands, Western Carolina University) are the guest conductors!
Sign-Up Deadline: January 8th
*You must schedule a time prior to this date to record your excerpt with Mr. Miller
Sign-Up Here!

University of Kentucky Honors Wind Ensemble*
Video Submission Ensemble for grades 11/12
Nomination Ensemble for grades 9/10
Occurs 1/31-2/2
Sign-Up Deadline: 12/8
Grades 9-10, Nomination Ensemble: More Info / Sign-Up Here!
Grades 11-12, Audio Recording Submission: General Info / Recording Info / Sign-Up Here!
*11/12 see Mr. Miller to record

Murray State University Quad State Honor Band*
Nomination + Audition Ensembles
Occurs February 20-22
Sign-Up Deadline: TBA

University of Kentucky Brassfest*

*denotes that you must be enrolled in at least 1 trimester of concert band in order to be eligible

Game Reschedule 9/30

Our evening rehearsal on the football field has been cancelled tonight due to a necessary game reschedule.  We have been offered the same time spot (6-9) on Friday and will discuss that possibility in band class.  We do not expect people to drop everything to make this happen and will take schedules heavily into account when looking at Friday...you respect our time and we also respect yours.

Look for news on this by late this afternoon.


We have launched a new platform for our music program called SmartMusic.  This is a web-based program that works with Chromebook, iPads, or anything else that can run a Chrome browser.  This unique platform allows students to practice in so many different ways and to receive immediate feedback on that practice.  Check out these (somewhat dated) videos to get an idea of what this can do:

As we begin to have classroom students sign up for this platform, we're also asking that any non-campus students use it to complete the assignments on each piece we're playing in class in order to participate with the ensemble at concerts.

To sign-up and join our class, click this link and use classroom code LNYRJ-VDKJU when prompted!