We are in the process of updating the new KMEA Site. For State Conference and All-State Information, please visit our legacy site (where information is current). Click here: Legacy KMEA Site
We are in the process of updating the new KMEA Site. For State Conference and All-State Information, please visit our legacy site (where information is current). Click here: Legacy KMEA Site

All-State Elementary Modern Band


Modern Band is a school-based music program that utilizes popular music as its central canon. Modern Band teaches students to perform contemporary popular music, and to compose and improvise. Styles that are studied include rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, electronic dance music, and other contemporary styles as they emerge. Modern Band also utilizes (but is not limited to) the musical instruments that are common to these genres: guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice and technology.

The All-State Elementary Modern Band, composed of students in grades 4–6, will perform as a part of the Kentucky Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference held in Louisville, February 8–10, 2024. The performance will be on Friday afternoon, February 9, 2024.

Parent and Student Inquiries
KMEA is a member-based organization. KMEA members may register their schools and provide opportunities for their students who attend their schools. All communications regarding KMEA student-related activities must come through the music teacher, who is the KMEA member. KMEA has a responsibility to its members to insist this protocol be followed.

All-State Elementary Modern Band Coordinator
Dr. Martina Vasil
105 Fine Arts Building
College of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506
859-257-8203 (w)
412-716-5595 (c, please text first)
Dr. Martina Vasil

District Information/Chairs

Eligibility and Fees

Teachers must be current members of KMEA, and they must register their school or music program prior to submitting auditions.

In order for students who attend an elementary school to be eligible to audition, the elementary school must be registered here.

In order for students who attend a middle school to be eligible to audition, the teacher in charge of the Modern Band program must register the middle school band, choir, or orchestra program to which they are assigned using the registration form here.

If this does not apply, the teacher should call the KMEA office at (859) 626-5635 or email tori@kmea.org for guidance.

Audition Fee: $7
Participation Fee (if accepted): $50


Monday, September 11, 2023Audition form opens. See Audition Requirements below.
Monday, November 6, 2023Audition Form, Video, and Fee Deadline

  • Please complete the All-State Elementary Modern Band (ASEMB) Audition Form (which includes the place to upload the video). Completing the form generates a PDF that is sent to the email address you provide for the first question.

  • Please send completed form to KMEA.

  • Include a check, credit card info, or purchase order information OR you may pay online.

  • Alternately, forms may be emailed along with the image of a signed P.O. to tony@kmea.org.


Wednesday, November 8, 2023If any audition fee is not received in the KMEA office on or before this date, the corresponding audition not being assessed.
(Updated 11/13/2023)

Monday, November 20, 2023
Release of results on the KMEA website.
(Updated 11/20/2023)

Friday, December 1, 2023
Selected participant registration deadline.
Recommended deadline of Friday, December 15, 2023Housing forms due to the Galt House. Housing forms do NOT need to be mailed to the KMEA Office or the ASEMB Coordinator.
Thursday, February 8, 2024Participants travel to Louisville, KY for afternoon/evening rehearsal.
Friday, February 9, 2024Morning rehearsal and an afternoon performance.

Audition Requirements

Teachers must submit a video of each student performing two songs (one song is required and one is the student’s choice). Each song is a separate 60–90 second file. Label each recording using a firstname-lastname format. Any audition recording that has been electronically enhanced in any way (reverb, auto-tune) will be disqualified. Please ensure students are not wearing school-affiliated clothing and that the school is not identifiable from the video (e.g., don’t record in the gym where the school logo may be easily seen).

  1. Students should introduce themselves at the beginning of each video and announce the title of the song they will play: “Hi, my name is _____ and I will be playing _______.” The teacher will not talk.
  2. Students perform “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons for 60–90 seconds on their instrument of choice, using the appropriate backing track provided below. Here is a link to a printable version of “Thunder” Audition Music.
  3. Students chose the second song, which should contrast with the style of Thunder. This video may be accompanied or unaccompanied with a backing track. The video should be 60–90 seconds long.
  4. For additional students click the “Submit another response” link.

Options for a Contrasting Song

2024 Schedule and Repertoire

Coming Soon