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.
2022-23 All-State High School Band Auditions
Las Vegas Area
October 24th at Clark High School
October 25th at Arbor View High School
October 26th at Coronado High School
October 27th at Clark High School
October 28th at Clark High School (IF NEEDED)
October 24th Damonte Ranch High - Reno
TBA - Northeast Nevada
October 26th Carson High School – Carson City
In order to audition a student must be a regular member of their high school orchestra or band. In addition, the student’s music teacher must be a current member of NAfME. Students will record their audition at one of the above sites. Students who do not live within a reasonable driving distance from one of the above sites should contact one of the chairpersons for information on recording their audition. Directors may register their students using the Google Form found at www.nmeamusic.org under the All-State Band tab. The audition will consist of the required excerpts (attached), and a chromatic scale. The registration deadline is Saturday, October 1st, 2022. The Audition Schedule will be posted and sent out on October 10th, 2022.
Click on the link to read more about the 2022-23 All State High School Band Audition Information.
Dr. Timothy Rhea
Director of Bands and Music
Activities at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Timothy B. Rhea is Director of Bands and Music Activities at Texas A&M University. As Director of Bands, he leads the university band program, serves as conductor of the University Wind Symphony, and coordinates the nationally famous “Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.” As Director of Music Activities, he administratively oversees the activities of the band, jazz, orchestra, and choral programs, serving approximately 1200 students. Dr. Rhea is currently in his thirtieth year at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Rhea grew up in the music programs of the Texas public schools. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education with honors from the University of Arkansas as a private conducting student of Eldon Janzen. He earned the Master of Music in Conducting from Texas Tech University where he studied with the late James Sudduth. Dr. Rhea earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting and Composition from the University of Houston. In 1999, he was awarded the Texas Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year from Phi Beta Mu. In December of 2000, Dr. Ray Bowen, former President of Texas A&M University, presented Dr. Rhea with the President’s Meritorious Service Award to Texas A&M University. Dr. Rhea recently oversaw the planning and construction of the Texas A&M University Music Activities Center, which opened in 2019. In this facility, the Dr. Timothy B. Rhea Concert Rehearsal Hall was named in his honor. In the spring of 2020, he received the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Administration from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Rhea was named conductor of the Texas A&M Wind Symphony in 1995. During his tenure at Texas A&M University, Dr. Rhea has conducted the Wind Symphony for conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association (seven times), the College Band Directors National Association (two times), the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, and the American Bandmasters Association (2009 convention host), as well as in settings such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center of Dallas and the Wortham Center of Houston, and on concert tours that have taken the band throughout the state of Texas. During five European tours Dr. Rhea has conducted the Wind Symphony during performances in Ireland, England, Austria, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Under his direction, the Wind Symphony has released several internationally distributed recordings with Mark Records of New York. In addition to conducting, Rhea maintains a very successful career as an arranger and composer. His output of compositions and arrangements numbers over 300, with over 50 publications.
Dr. Rhea’s tenure with the Texas Aggie Band has included performances throughout the United States. In addition to the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington DC and the Texas Governor’s Inaugural in Austin, Aggie Band bowl appearances have included the Holiday, Cotton, Sugar, Independence, Chick-fil-A, Liberty, Texas, Music City, Gator, Belk and Alamo. Dr. Rhea has served as the music arranger and a drill designer for the Aggie Band for almost 30 years. The Aggie Band was a recipient of the Sudler Trophy from the John Philip Sousa Foundation during Dr. Rhea’s association with the organization.
Dr. Rhea maintains an internationally active schedule as conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He is former President of the American Bandmasters Association, is currently Vice President/Secretary and a member of the Executive Board of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Music Education, and was formerly on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association. Dr. Rhea additionally holds memberships and positions in numerous professionally related organizations.
Dr. Rhea resides in College Station with his wife, Jennifer, a former administrator in the College Station Independent School District, who now supervises student teachers for Texas A&M University.