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High School Band All-State Festival

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. Both Middle and High school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble.

2024 Nevada All-State High School Band Festival and Conference Information

2024 HS Band All-State Festival Schedule and More

​Schedules for this All-State Festival are below. All schedules are subject to change and will be sent out to the ensemble chairs or NMEA. For more information on the Nevada All-State Festivals and Conferences go to the All-State home page for more detailed information. Contact your All-State Ensemble chair for any questions or concerns you may have.

All-State Festival Directors Checklist 

All directors are responsible for the following items for All-State Festival and Conference. Go to the All-State Festival Homepage for more details on the Festival and Conference. If you have any questions or concerns contact your Ensemble Chair. 

Forms and Fees are due January 19, 2024. 

  1. Pay for Director and Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 

  2. Ensure that each student completes the All-State Student Participation Form

  3. Directors Form (Google Form)

  4. Chaperones Form (Google Form)

  5. 2024 Reno All-State Book Hotel Room Information 

All-State Festival Payments
  • All-State Audition Fee $15 per Student (web store) 

  • Pay for Student/Director  All-State Festival Participation fee $50 Not available yet

  • All fees are to be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information fees and registration.

Payment Options - These are the 2 payment options found in the web store. 

  1. Pay with a Credit Card- follow the prompts and put in your card information, as well as billing address information if needed. Be sure all is accurate. 

  2. Manual Payment (school check) follow the prompts in the webstore and select the manual payment method to pay by check and generate an invoice. 

  • If you have questions or would like to verify payment contact David Morris, the State Executive, at

  • Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association.

Chairperson and Committee

Josh Matthew All-State HS Band Chair


Carl Backer

Blair Williams

Jordan Mathisen

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2024 Nevada All-State High School
Band Conductor

2024 Conductor
Captain Brian O. Walden 
U.S. Navy Retired

Captain Brian O. Walden, U.S. Navy (Ret.) recently completed 2021/2022 as Visiting Assistant Professor/Interim Director of Bands at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where he has remained this year to teach as an Adjunct Instructor in music education. He returned to the Hampton Roads area after serving as Associate Professor, Director of Bands & Instrumental Studies and Interim Director of Music Education at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama from 2018 - 2021. He previously served as the Director of Bands and Director of Music Education at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia from 2015 - 2018 where he was also the Coordinator of the Graduate Conducting Program. He has conducted international recording artists live and for television performances with Jason Mraz, James Taylor, Colbie Caillat, Take 6, Phillip Phillips (American Idol winner), Isaac Slade of the rock band “The Fray,” Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Branford Marsalis (former Director of The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno), TV and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris, and performed with Natalie Cole as well as many other artists. He has conducted ensembles and performed as a trumpet instrumentalist on every continent except Antarctica. Brian holds a BA in Music/Religious Studies (Double Major) from Saint Leo University, Florida, a MM in Wind Ensemble Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied in the DMA Music Education program at Boston University and PhD program in Music Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2012 he was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award by the Alumni Council of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston for his career contributions to the field of wind band conducting. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in National Security Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon retirement from active duty serving as the Commanding Officer/Conductor of the United States Navy Band Washington, DC (White House Support Unit) as the senior musician in the Department of Defense, Captain Walden was awarded the distinguished Legion of Merit by President Barack H. Obama for his 35 years of service to the nation. Additionally, in 2019 President Donald J. Trump awarded the National Medal of Arts, “the highest honor given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government.” Brian has performed on trumpet and as Guest Conductor with the Alabama Winds and is currently the Conductor/Music Director of the Virginia Wind Symphony and serves with the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia as Conductor of the Bay Youth Wind Symphony. Captain Walden is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association, the highest honor for Bandmasters in North America. He is in demand nationally as a guest conductor for professional, collegiate, high school and middle school wind bands and orchestras. Captain Walden is married to Staci Harris Walden, whom he met as a blind date for her high school senior prom. They have been married for 37 years and have two sons. Brian and Staci love sailing at their home on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and spending time with their grandson, Maverick. 

2024 Nevada High School Band
All-State Audition and Nomination Information

2024 All-State Audition Student Information 

Students see your music director for more information on the audition process.  All-State Audition and/or Participation fees will be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information on audition fees and audition registration.  Students and parents please contact your school music or ensemble director with any questions you might have about your students auditions. 

High School All-State Band Audition Results: 

Directors, All-State Ensemble Auditions information as well as forms can be found below. The All-State results will be available no later then by December 2, 2023. Please contact your All-State Chair persons for any questions or help. 

High School All-State Band Audition Links 

Important  Dates

Audition Dates Las Vegas

  • November 13th at Clark High School (ALL Percussion)

  • November 14th  at Coronado High School

  • November 15th at Coronado High School

  • November 16th at Arbor View High

Audition Dates North

  • November 13th, 2023 at Carson City High School

  • November 14th, 2023 at Sparks High Schoo

  • November 15th, 2023 at Elko High School

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