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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.

MS Band All-State Festival Schedule and More

2023 All-State Festival Participation

All-State Festival Participation Checklist:

  1.  Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 (Paypal)

  2. Music Directors Complete Director Form

  3. Directors Pay for All-State Festival Director fee here $50 (Paypal)

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


2023 All-State Festival Payments
Middle School All-State Band Audition: 

The 2024 All-State Band Audition information will be coming soon. Books required for auditions are listed below. 

Important Dates

  • 2024 Registration deadline TBA


Marisa Davidson



Kyle Overlay


David Martinez


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2023 Guest Conductor
Chip De Stefano
Director of Bands
McCracken Middle School Skokie, Illinois

Mr. De Stefano became Director of Bands at McCracken Middle School in Skokie, Illinois in 1996. Under his direction, the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band has received first division ratings at all district and state organization contests of the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) and has made multiple appearances at the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) All-State Conference, University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival, and NAfME North Central Division Conference. In 2006 and 2013 the Symphonic Band received an invitation to present at concert at the Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference. In the Spring of 2007, the John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the McCracken Symphonic Band the prestigious Sudler Silver Cup.

Mr. De Stefano’s professional affiliations include the Illinois Music Education Association, the National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In 2022 he was recently honored with membership in the American Bandmasters Association.

Mr. De Stefano is active nationally as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. He’s conducted honor bands, festivals, and camps in Singapore, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan (scheduled), Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and throughout Illinois. In addition, he has presented conference sessions at the Midwest Clinic, Illinios Music Education Conference, Iowa Bandmasters Conference, Nebraska Music Educators Association State Conference, New England Band Director Instituted, Arkansas Tech University Band Director Workshop, NBA/IGSMA Band Director Workshop, Illinois State University Band Director Workshop and DuPage County Music Clinic. Mr. De Stefano is a recipient of over twenty National Band Association Citations of Excellence. He was awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2001, the IGSMA Barbara Buehlmann Young Conductor Award in 2004, the IGSMA Cloyd Meyers Memorial Award in 2011, and the Skokie Award for Artistic Excellence in 2016.

Chip De Stefano

Director of Bands

McCracken Middle School

Skokie, Illinois

National Band Association

Board of Directors, Middle School Representative

All-Illinois Junior Band

Board of Directors

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