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

2024 Nevada Middle 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. 

2024 All-State Audition Director Information 

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

​Middle School All-State Band Audition Links 

Important Dates

  • Audition Registration deadline has been extended to Friday, October 27th, 2023

  • Instrument Audition Number Assignments distributed on Monday, October 30th, 2023

  • Submit recorded auditions using the instructions below by Thursday, November 16, 2023

  • Audition Fee of $15 per student deadline is November 16th, 2023 (fees paid by directors at the webstore)

  • Ensemble results will be posted to NMEA Website on December 1st, 2023

  • All-State Registration forms and fees are due January 12th, 2024 (fees paid by directors)

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

MS Band All-State Festival Schedule and More
Not available yet.
2024 All-State Festival Participation

All-State Festival Participation Checklist:

  1.  Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 Not available yet

  2. Music Directors Complete Director Form Not available yet

  3. Directors Pay for All-State Festival Director fee here $50 Not available yet

  4. 2024 Book Hotel rooms (NMEA Group Room Rate Deadline: not available yet)


2024 All-State Festival Payments
  • Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 Not available yet

  • Pay for All-State Festival Director fee here $50  Not available yet

  • If you are paying by check please email David Morris the State Executive. Invoices can be requested by contacting 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.

Important Dates

  • 2024 Registration deadline TBA

2024 Nevada All-State Middle School band Conductor

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2024 Conductor
Cindy Lansford 
Retired Director of Bands
North Ridge Middle School, Texas

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.   In 1996 she moved to North Ridge Middle School in the B. I. S. D. where she taught 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 Associations. She has also been a frequent presenter at the Texas and Oklahoma Bandmasters Associations as well as through the T. B. A. Professional Development program.  In 2008 Ms. Lansford received the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Texas Bandmasters Association.  

The bands under Ms. Lansford’s direction enjoyed much success throughout the years.  Continuous achievement at U. I. L. 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 position 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 and all state bands and band camps stretching from Alaska to Georgia.  She also works one-on-one with individual programs and teachers.

Ms. Lansford’s professional affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and she is past president of Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity.  She is currently serving on the Executive Board of Phi Beta Mu International.  Ms. Lansford was recently inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Hall of Fame in Texas.

Cindy Lansford

Retired Director of Bands 

North Ridge Middle School Band, Texas

Executive Board of Phi Beta Mu International

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