Vocal Jazz Singers

Senior Band

2018 ILMEA Audition Preparation Clinic

Sponsored by McKendree University Bands
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Hettenhausen Center for the Arts
McKendree University

High School Clinic
5:30-6:00 p.m. - Registration in the Hett Center Lobby
6:00-6:15 p.m. - Audition Tips (for all students)
6:20-7:00 p.m. - Excerpt 1 session (40 minutes)
7:05-7:45 p.m. - Excerpt 2 session (40 minutes)
7:55-8:25 p.m. - Sightreading, Scales and Questions (25-30 minutes)
8:30 p.m. - Photo with your clinician and depart for home

2018 ILMEA District 6 Band information


Auditions: Monday, October 8 (Columbus Day)- Location TBD

Festival: Saturday, November 17- $20.00 Festival Fee.


When Available: Register your school with the ILMEA state office: www.ilmea.org scroll down and select 2017-18 Participating School Form. Fill out and submit the annual registration fee per school. ILMEA is open to all public, private and home school students in grades 6-12.


Students must sign up for auditions through a school.


If selected to participate in the ILMEA District 6 Festival, students are to attend all rehearsals and the concert.

If a student is auditioning for more than one ensemble, if selected, he/she will be placed in the ensemble that they have selected as first preference.



Conductor: Lt. Col. Bryan Miller

Lt. Col. Bryan M. Miller is the commander and conductor of the 566th Air Force Band “Air National Guard Band of the Midwest”, Peoria Air National Guard Base, Ill. He leads one of only five units in the Air National Guard bands program and is responsible for providing world-class musical products to enhance community relations and military support in a 10-state area of responsibility.

A traditional Guardsman, Lt. Col. Miller is a career music educator in his civilian capacity.  He has served as a high school music department chair since 1994 and has also concurrently served on the music education faculty for multiple colleges.  He was one of 10 music teachers chosen for the National Association for Music Education’s National Council of Music Program Leaders. He is the founder of the Chicagoland Music Educators Orchestra and serves on the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors, as well as presenter, conductor and clinician for various organizations.



Audition Information:

Auditions begin at 9:00 a.m. All Jr. and Sr. Band students must arrive no later than 9:30 for auditions. 


Auditions locations are TBD


No one is allowed in the audition room other than the judge and student.


No form of audio or video recording is allowed in the audition room.


IMPORTANT:  ILMEA audition procedure are HERE .  Please read them and be aware of current policies.




Senior Band Auditions

Nominating directors: remember that Senior Orchestra string students are eligible for All-State in 10thgrade.


Please make sure you select this option when nominating your students in the RNS.


Directors nominating string basses: please consider allowing your bassists to participate in the district band for both ILMEA District Festival and ILMEA All-State. You may mark orchestra as their first choice, and choose band as a second choice. If scores warrant, I like to have at least one bass perform with our ILMEA district band. Band string basses must complete the Senior Orchestra audition in order to be selected to Senior Band, and they must use their bow for all four audition components.


Senior Orchestra Winds & Percussion: Please encourage your top wind, brass and percussion students to participate in the senior orchestra by selecting orchestra when you nominate your students. I greatly appreciate the talents of your winds, brass and percussion that allow us to perform challenging full orchestra literature. For so many students the ILMEA District 6 Senior Orchestra is their only exposure to performing in a full orchestral setting. THANK YOU!!



ILMEA District 6 Festival Info

Please remind students to bring a music stand to the ILMEA District Festival.

Stands are NOT provided at the district festival.

Cellists and Bassist must bring their own rockstops.



Concert Attire:


Junior Band:     Girls: black skirts and white dress blouse, nylons or dress socks, black dress shoes.


Boys: black dress pants, white button down dress shirt, tie, black socks, black dress     shoes.


Senior Band:     School uniforms / Concert attire


Band Division Rep.                                       Greg Allen
                                                                     Highland Middle School
                                                                     Highland, IL
                                                                     (P)  618-363-0817

Senior Band Chairs                                     Jordin Gouge

                                                                     Robert Wright

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