Middle Level Honor Band

KBA Middle Level Band Co-Chairs
Erik Stone and Ashten Volkman


The 2021 Middle Level Band will take place on Saturday, July 17, 2021 during the KBA Summer Convention at the DoubleTree Airport Hotel in Wichita, KS.

KBA Permission Letter

Directors are invited to submit nominations by April 30, 2021 in the KBA Members site.
KBA Members


2021 MLB Clinician – Mickey Smith, Jr.

The name Mickey Smith, Jr. has become synonymous with the word “music” across the country. As a dynamic and driven sax man that is passionate about music and education, Mickey has been the band director at Maplewood Middle School since 2005. In addition to playing music and teaching, he also serves educators through his SOUND180 EDUCATORS program and supports organizations that promote music education for children; for example, he is president of the non-profit Musicmakers2U, which gives deserving young people musical instruments at no cost. He is currently the 2020 GRAMMY Music Educator Award national winner. This award recognizes the  country’s top music instructor and influencer in the nation. Mickey uses a unique motivational mixture of music and message to encourage others to KEEP ON GOING and DISCOVER THEIR SOUND.

For more information about Mr. Smith, check out MickeySmithJr.com.

* Directors – It is essential to share this pertinent information with the students you are nominating. Students and families must be aware of the date of this event, and willing to make the commitment to participate if selected.The band size is limited to approximately 90 students (2021 will be reduced-size due to space availability), so please understand that not every student nominated will be selected. We must strive to have a balanced instrumentation in this band. The selection of students/instrumentation will be posted on the KBA website the first part of May.

Each selected student will incur a participation fee of $40. The fee includes lunch for the students. In addition, all directors who have students participating in the honor band must be registered for the KBA convention, on site and available throughout the duration of your student’s visit in the event assistance is necessary. Districts who do not have directors on site to assist and supervise students will be charged $100.

This unique summertime event allows you, the director, an opportunity to reward student progress and achievement, as well as providing your students a wonderful honor band experience with a nationally recognized conductor/clinician! Come share in the wealth of presentations, hands on learning sessions, concerts, and motivating, musical education opportunities the KBA summer convention has to offer.

Schedule of Events
7:30 – 8:00 AM – Check-in (North Banquet Lobby)
8:00 – 11:55 AM – Introductions and Rehearsal (breaks will be scheduled the day of the event)
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Lunch at DoubleTree provided by KBA
12:45 – 2:30 PM – Rehearsal Resumes
3:00 PM – KBA Middle Level Honor Band Concert

2021 KBA Middle Level Band Roster


  1. Carli Miller, De Soto-Lexington Trails MS
  2. Lanae Welty, Sterling
  3. Kaitlyn Webb, Cheney MS
  4. Addy Barnard, Eudora MS
  5. Gracie Steffen, Haven MS
  6. Lauren Wichman, St. George-Rock Creek MS
  7. Alt. 1 – Amanda Taylor, Holton MS
  8. Alt. 2 – Avery Perkins, Haysville West MS


  1. Joshua Yeoh, Andover MS
  2. Susanna Knight, Lebo School
  3. Alt. 1 – Olivia Zierlein, Marysville


  1. Krista Adcock, Holton MS


  1. Carson Allen, De Soto-Lexington Trails MS
  2. Chandler Tripp, Circle MS
  3. Lacie Banman, Kismet-Southwestern Heights
  4. Hady Martinez, Liberal-Eisenhower MS
  5. Carter Meerpohl, Holton MS
  6. Keegan Flynn, De Soto-Lexington Trails MS
  7. Jhourne Mitchell, Wichita-Robinson MS
  8. Julia Del Percio, Lebo School
  9. Abbey White, Neodesha MS
  10. Alt. 1 – Madison Waldmeier, Circle MS
  11. Alt. 2 – Karleigh Throm, Marysville

Bass Clarinet

  1. Jason Neubauer, De Soto-Lexington Trails MS
  2. Mattalynn Smith, Winfield MS
  3. Alt. 1 – Kate Jack, Pratt-Skyline

Alto Sax

  1. Elle Overfelt, South Haven JH
  2. Mason Lockhart, Sterling
  3. Shiloh Smith, Ottawa MS
  4. Molly Kidd, Douglass-Sisk MS
  5. Alt. 1 – Taegen Kelley, Lebo School

Tenor Sax

  1. Jackson Langford, De Soto-Lexington Trails MS
  2. Jared Cunningham, Rossville Jr/Sr HS
  3. Alt. 1 – Brady Russell, South Haven JH

Bari Sax

  1. Owen Cole, Belleville-Republic County
  2. Shyann Harris, Marion MS
  3. Alt. 1 – Jostin Woods, St. George-Rock Creek MS


  1. Eli Hubble, Winfield MS
  2. Noah Miller, Haven MS
  3. Thomas Smith, Sterling
  4. Maelin Johnson, Belleville-Republic County
  5. Grace Turner, Marysville
  6. Slade Cauley, Great Bend MS
  7. Preston Mermis, Hays-Thomas More Prep JH
  8. Alt. 1 – Noah Bartel, Holton MS
  9. Alt. 2 – Landon Snyder, St. George-Rock Creek MS


  1. Isaac Holt, Eudora MS
  2. Katherine Meyer, De Soto-Lexington Trails MS
  3. Brooke Slipke, Holton-Jackson Heights JH
  4. Liz Bair, Pratt-Skyline
  5. Alt. 1 – Cory Hampton, Pratt-Skyline


  1. Wyatt Stutz, De Soto-Lexington Trails MS
  2. Kendall Minneman, Marysville
  3. Emily Horr, Holton MS
  4. Adelynn Stohs, Louisburg MS
  5. Murdoc Cochran, Sedgwick Schools
  6. Alt. 1 – Nic Maskil, De Soto-Lexington Trails MS

Baritone TC

  1. Aubree Merryman, Caney Valley

Baritone BC

  1. Matthew Fling, De Soto-Lexington Trails MS
  2. Alexander Otero, Liberal-Eisenhower MS
  3. Alt. 1 – Skyler Skiffington, Eudora MS


  1. Vincent Finley, Haysville West MS
  2. Greyson Jowdy, Wichita-Robinson MS
  3. Alt. 1 – Tyren Holmes, Liberal-Eisenhower MS

Percussionlisted in alphabetical order

  • Hunter Brecheisen, Circle MS
  • Parker Brown, Liberal-Eisenhower MS
  • Grant Buckley, Lyons MS
  • Austin Chase, De Soto-Lexington Trails MS
  • Grayson Kuchar, South Haven JH
  • Camden Smith, Sterling
  • Alt. 1 – Gabrielle Walker, Andover MS