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Highlights from Small School All-State

Small Schools All-State Festival

NMEA strives to offer as many opportunities for Nevada’s young musicians all across the state. For years, the Small Schools All-State Festival has been available for students in the smaller parts of Nevada. Students in high school may participate in either the Band or Orchestra.

2023 NMEA Small Schools All-State Location:  

Elko High School Performing Arts Center

1297 College Ave, Elko, NV 89801

Small School All-State Festival Payments
  • Pay for Student Small School All-State Festival Participation fee $50 Here. (not available yet)

  • Pay for Small School 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.

  • In order to participate in All-State/Solo & Ensemble you must be a current member of NMEA.  Please see how to register as a member of NMEA, along with seeing all of the benefits of being a member, at

Scholarship opportunity!

In honor of James Gillette, NMEA is giving four scholarships to pay for participation fees for this event. 

Small Schools All-State Chair

Chris Hess, Lander County


Chris Jeka, Yerington

2022-23 Small Schools All-State Auditions

Important Dates: 

Audition Information: 

Students are selected to band or orchestra by director nomination. Prioritize nominations, as everyone’s first nomination will be placed in the ensemble, then second, etc., as instrumentation allows. Directors may nominate up to ten students from their school. Students must be regularly enrolled in the director’s school ensemble.

Chair placement will be determined by recorded audition. The chair placement audition materials can be found below. If a student is nominated and selected, but chooses not to record a chair placement audition, they will be seated below those who submitted one. There is no Audition fee for Small School All-State.

Click on the link to read more about the 


String Audition: All string instruments will perform a 1 octave chromatic scale starting on sul D. Violin/Bass students will then play a 2 octave D major scale as well as an arpeggio. Viola/Cello students will then play a 2 octave G major scale as well as an arpeggio. While not required, it is highly preferred to use pizzicato on the arpeggios. The metronome marking of 60bpm is a suggested mid level goal.  Students are free to play faster or slower, so long as it is as accurate as possible.

Percussion: Your audition will be full-range chromatic scale up and down on the largest mallet percussion instrument available at your school.  For snare drum, the long roll will be pp to ff to pp in a minute.  For the ratamacue, play from p to f to p in as many ratamacues as it takes to make a smooth dynamic change.  You may also record the timpani excerpt.

Audition Rubric:
  • Chromatic Scale - 20 points total; 10 for accuracy, 10 for tone quality

  • Technical Etude - 10 points total; 5 for accuracy, 5 for tone quality

  • Danny Boy, Lyrical Etude - 10 points total; 5 for accuracy, 5 for tone quality

Points possible: 40

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Guest Conductor
Dr. Stephen C. Eubanks
Director of Athletic Bands
University of Nevada Reno

Dr. Stephen C. Eubanks serves as the director of athletic bands at the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition, Eubanks is a music education lecturer.


He received his Ph.D. in learning, teaching and curriculum in music education from the University of Missouri, his master's in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri and his bachelor of science in music education from Missouri Southern State College.


Eubanks is a retired public school teacher with more than 30 years of teaching experience in the Missouri public schools, including three years in Alton, two years in Carthage, 13 years as assistant director of bands and 12 years as director of bands and music department chairman in Jefferson City, MO.


During his career at Jefferson City High School as assistant director and director of bands, the Marching 'Jay' Band performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Alamo Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Freedom Bowl, had two appearances at the Citrus Bowl and Orange Bowl Parades respectively and in his retirement year, performed at the Gator Bowl Parade. Under his leadership, the Jefferson City High School music department was a consistent Sweepstakes winner with the Heritage Festivals organization. During his 12 years as director of bands at Jefferson City High School, Eubanks' symphonic band was selected to perform for the Missouri Music Educators Association on three separate occasions.


Eubanks has served as an adjudicator for the Missouri State High School Activities Association, as well as numerous state marching festivals. He holds professional memberships in the Missouri Music Educators Association, the Missouri Bandmasters Association, the Nevada Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Guest Conductor
Laurentiu Norocel 
Performer and Educator 

Originally from Romania, Laurentiu earned his Bachelor Degree in Violin Performance from National University of Music, Bucharest Romania. He came to the United States to pursue his Master’s Degree. In 2010 he graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a Master's Degree in violin performance. During his college years, Laurentiu was a regular member of the National Opera House of Bucharest and George Enescu Philharmonic, Bucharest Romania and L’orchestra I Sedici with whom he toured extensively in Europe.


Between 2015 -2018 he served as Concertmaster for The Ohio Light Opera where he performed and premiered works by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein.


Laurentiu is a member of Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and guest musician with Symphony of San Jose and Santa Fe Symphony. He is also the Conductor for Reno Youth String Symphonia.


Throughout his career, Laurentiu has been afforded multiple opportunities to study and perform under the guidance of great masters such as Stefan Gheorghiu, Shmuel Ashkenasi and Joseph Silverstein. Beside his performing career, Laurentiu is also a passionate violin and viola teacher.


He served as teaching assistant at the Boston Conservatory where his responsibilities included teaching applied violin and viola to non-major students. Laurentiu has more than 10 years of teaching experience and believes that being able to play the violin or any other instrument is a great gift and under the right guidance, anybody can learn.

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