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IMEA Honor Band Information

Dear Director:

It is time to begin planning for the 2014 IMEA Professional Development Conference and specifically the 2014 IMEA Honor Band. It is with great pleasure that I announce to you that Alfred Watkins will serve as guest conductor of the 2014 IMEA Honor Band. Mr. Watkins is the former director at Lassiter High School in Georgia. He has developed one of the best band programs in the country and is a sought after clinician all over the country.  I am most confident that your students will walk away with an extremely positive experience having played for Mr. Watkins.

Rehearsals for this year's Honor Band will begin on Thursday evening, January 23 in Fort Wayne and will conclude with the Saturday 11:30 a.m. IMEA Honor Band concert held in the beautiful Ft. Wayne Embassy Theatre on Saturday, January 25. Please make sure your students are available for Thursday evening, all day Friday, and Saturday morning. The fee for participation is $165. This includes four meals, each students' room for two nights at the Ft. Wayne Holiday Inn (Coliseum Boulevard adjacent to IPFW) and all administrative costs. Fees will be collected after notification of acceptance. There are no nomination fees.

As a member of IMEA, you may nominate up to FOUR of your finest students for the IMEA Honor Band. To do so, you must go to the IMEA website (, and under IMEA Honor Activities/Ensembles, click on the IMEA Honor Band and follow the instructions. You will need to create a teacher login and have your NAfME membership number available. You do need to be a member of NAfME to nominate your students. The nomination process is similar to an ISSMA / IMEA form where you will type in all of the information on the website AND then print off the forms and mail them to me at the address listed on the forms. You may do this anytime between October 1st and October 31st. You will not want to wait until the 31st to find your NAfME number (NAfME: 800-336-3768).

All forms MUST be postmarked by Nov. 2nd to be accepted. To assist you in gathering information on your students, there is a "Student Data Collection Form"enclosed and available online however, this form is NOT what you send in to nominate students but rather intended to aid you in completing the online nomination process.Please remember YOU STILL NEED TO PRINT OFF THE FORMS AND MAIL THEM ALONG WITH THE PARENT SIGNATURE SHEET & THE VERIFICATION SHEET which will print out for you when you print the nomination forms.

Keep in mind that the philosophy of the IMEA Honor Band is a little different from a typical "auditioned" all-state group. We are interested in getting as many schools represented as possible while still maintaining the highest quality of personnel. We do not guarantee we will take one student from each school but will attempt to get as many schools represented as possible. The following criterion will be used by the IMEA Honor Band selection committee:

  • A student's participation in the ISSMA Solo/ Ensemble contest (Group I solo, Gold rating level at State will be given the greatest consideration. Difficulty of solo literature is considered as well list titles)

  • A student's previous participation in the IMEA Honor Band or other state honor bands (IBA All-state Band, IBA All-district, college all-state¯ ensembles, community ensembles, etc.)
  • Whether or not the student studies privately on his/her instrument, and if so, for how long, etc.
  • Grade level is considered, with priority given to upperclassmen.
  • Your recommendation as their director.  Please be honest and consistent.

We look forward to hearing from you as you recommend your best students for this wonderful opportunity. We hope you will join your students by attending the 2014 Conference. It is one of the best professional opportunities offered to you as a music educator in the State of Indiana. If you have any questions, please contact me by calling my cell at 765-623-1322, or by e-mail at:


Chris Taylor
IMEA Honor Band Chair



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