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 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