12A Honor Band

2022-23 12A Honor Band Concert
Century II Concert Hall, Wichita
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 – 1:00 PM
KMEA State Groups
General Admission only – All seats $7.00

The KMEA 12A Honor Band is a nominated honor band for students from 1A and 2A schools. This group is not an “All-State” ensemble as it is not an auditioned group. To be eligible, students from 1A-2A high schools must complete an audition for their KMEA district band or jazz band. Directors will submit nominations to KMEA, and the final roster will be selected from that list. Students will have an opportunity to be in a state-level festival ensemble with an outstanding clinician. The 12A Honor Band will rehearse and perform as part of the In-Service Workshop.

12A Honor Band Guidelines

General Info
Seating in the 12A Honor Band will be a merit-based process determined through nominations. There is no audition. There will be no nomination fee.
The 12A Honor Band is NOT an All-State Band. The tentative size of the group is 75-80 students.


  • Nominations will open in the KMEA Members site immediately after the posting of the All-State 1234A Band roster and will be open for 10 days.
  • The final list of participating students and alternates will be posted on the KMEA website no later than 5 days after nominations close. Music will be sent to the accepted students before the first rehearsal.
  • Schools will be charged a participation fee similar to All-State participation fees.
  • Students are required to attend all rehearsals and the performance during the KMEA ISW (refer to All-State rules for accepted excuses to rehearsals).
    Students with known conflicts should not be nominated for the 12A Honor Band.

Who May Nominate
The teacher who nominates students must be a member of NAfME/KMEA.
The teacher must be the instrumental music teacher at the high school where the student attends.
(Exceptions for this policy must be approved by the KMEA Executive Committee.
Exceptions will not be approved if the high school has an instrumental music teacher.)

Who May Be Nominated
Students may not be a member of both the 12A Honor Band and the All-State 1234A Band during a single school year.
Students must audition for a KMEA District Band to be eligible for membership in the 12A Honor Band.
If students do not earn a seat in a District Band, they will still be considered for membership in the 12A Honor Band.
Students must meet the following eligibility rules for the KMEA 12A Honor Band.

Each Student:

  1. will be in good standing according to the rules and guidelines for participation established by the KSHSAA and the resident school;
  2. must be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in high school;
  3. must be enrolled in an instrumental performance area, if one exists in the school, at the time of the KMEA In-Service Workshop;
  4. must have completed an audition for a KMEA District Band.

School Responsibility

The nominating school must meet the following eligibility rules for the KMEA 12A Honor Band:

  1. will be a member of the KSHSAA or a KSHSAA Approved School and be in good standing with the organization;
  2. will be responsible for the supervision, conduct, and behavior of its students during the entire KMEA In-Service Workshop.

Michael Sweeney
2023 KMEA 12A Honor Band Conductor
Michael Sweeney is currently Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard LLC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of the largest publishers of printed music in the world. Michael is directly responsible for the development, production, recording and marketing of new publications for school bands. In addition, he contributes as a composer and arranger in all instrumental areas, and is particularly known for his writing at the younger levels for concert band and jazz. Since joining the company in 1982, Hal Leonard has published over 500 of his compositions and arrangements.

Mr. Sweeney is a 1977 graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and studied composition with Bernard Heiden, John Eaton and Donald Erb. Prior to working for Hal Leonard he was a band director in Ohio and Indiana, working with successful concert, jazz and marching programs at all levels from elementary to high school.

A winner of multiple ASCAP awards, Michael’s Ancient Voices (1994) and Imperium (1992) are featured in the acclaimed Teaching Music Through Performance series by GIA Publications. Other works such as Black Forest Overture (1996), The Forge of Vulcan (1997) and Distant Thunder of the Sacred Forest (2003) have become staples in the repertoire for middle school bands. He has received commissions ranging from middle school and high school bands to the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Canadian Brass. His works appear on numerous state contest lists, and his music is regularly performed throughout the world. He is also in demand as a clinician and conductor for honor bands and festivals.