Mehlville High Symphonic Band selected to perform at statewide music conference

The Mehlville High School Symphonic Band has been selected by the Missouri Music Educators Association, or MMEA, as one of only 32 musical groups from across the state to perform at the MMEA’s 74th Annual In-Service Workshop/Conference to be held Jan. 25-28, 2012, in Tan-Tar-A.

The 75-member MHS band auditioned among 142 ensembles in Missouri to earn the honor, according to a district news release.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to perform at the MMEA convention. I like to compare this honor to winning a state title in a sport or another activity,” stated MHS Band Director Tony Brown. “We are also excited to show off the high quality of education our students receive at Mehlville High School not only musically but also academically.”

To audition for a prestigious 25-minute performance spot at the conference, Brown submitted a recording of one of the symphonic band’s spring performances, the release stated. The MMEA utilized a panel of judges from outside of Missouri to select the top ensembles to perform at the organization’s 2012 conference.

“A comprehensive total of 142 applications for performance were received this year. The number and quality of ensembles submitted for consideration continues to reflect the high quality of music education in Missouri,” stated MMEA President Rob Nichols.

The MMEA’s 2012 conference will be the fourth time the MHS symphonic band has been selected to perform; the band also was featured at the conference in 1995, 2000 and 2008. Ensembles are eligible to perform at the annual event only once every four years, making 2012 the first year MHS is eligible to perform since its selection in 2008.