Registration is open for 2017 GRMEA Music Inservice

posted Sep 14, 2017, 1:15 PM by Dan Kexel   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 1:16 PM ]

Below is the link to registration for the October In-service day we will be hosting at ARHS. I am very pleased and excited to welcome our keynote speaker and one of our band track presenters, Marcellus Brown, Director of Bands at Boise State University. It will truly be a joy to hear and learn from him.  Please take a moment to pre-register for the day so we can have as accurate a head count as possible

-Tony Paustian, GRMEA Region President

Event dates posted for 2017-18

posted Jun 15, 2017, 5:02 PM by Dan Kexel   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 1:03 PM ]

The GRMEA event list for 2017-18 is up on the website (click on the Region events tab above) . As you can see, there are several contest events that are still looking for a host. If you are interested in hosting any of those events, please contact Ainslee Leavitt-Holz ( or Tony Paustian ( Also, our Inservice Day will take place on Friday, October 13th. If you have never come to it, you should definitely check it out…

GRMEA adjudicator surveys

posted May 10, 2017, 1:26 PM by Dan Kexel   [ updated May 10, 2017, 1:33 PM ]

All GRMEA teachers are invited to provide input on your schools contest experience for this year! Please click on the link below and take a short survey. Thank you!

Tony Paustian - GRMEA President

Solo and Ensemble survey:

Large Group Festival survey:

Middle School WBP solo and ensemble registration

posted Mar 21, 2017, 7:48 AM by Dan Kexel   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 7:49 AM ]

Greetings middle school band teachers in the Green River Music Region! If you become aware that I have missed any middle school band teachers of grades 6-8 within our region, please alert me ASAP.

Our solo and ensemble contest registration site is set up and you are now invited to begin submitting student applications. Your access to the site will close on March 28th, 2017, so please make sure you have fully completed all entries by that date.

I have attached a tutorial that will guide you through accessing the site, logging in, and includes step by step instructions. If you have any challenges, just let me know.

The entire process is done online.

I am looking forward to hosting our middle school band solo and ensemble contest this year. It will be held Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at Mt. Baker Middle School.

Kevin Paustian

Middle School Orchestra Festival scores

posted Mar 21, 2017, 7:41 AM by Dan Kexel   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 7:50 AM ]

Dear Directors,

Thank you for all of your hard work for our contest last week. My high school students said they enjoyed working with you and that your students were awesome! I agree! The recordings are on hold until a new usb cord for the recorder arrives. Should be ready soon.

David Couch

PS, There was a gray hoody found in the storage area. I have an Amadeus! score for Melinda, will bring Friday.

GRMEA Middle School Band Contest information

posted Mar 21, 2017, 7:36 AM by Dan Kexel   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 7:52 AM ]

According to your feedback, all the following times should work. If you notice, we have 30 minute slots with 0 transition minutes and 0 minutes for lunch. This is the cost of trying to host this many bands and meet everyone's transportation needs.

9:00 -- Rainier MS
9:30 -- Cedar River MS
10:00 -- North Tapps MS
10:30 -- Meridian MS
11:00 -- Cedar Heights MS
11:30 -- Mattson MS
12:00 -- Enumclaw MS
12:30 -- Tahoma MS
1:00 -- Mt. Baker MS

I plan on making sure all the groups are exiting the stage with a minute to go in their time slot. I will have a big strapping football player on stage with a hook. However fast you get on stage is up to you.

Also, I thank you all in advance for not only bringing your bands, but bringing our audience. I am taking my band to Erin's festival this year, so my students will not be in the audience, which will be most noticeable for our groups performing early and late. As always, I appreciate you attending as early as possible and leaving as late as you are able.

Our judges are Lisa Ray, John Weatherington, and Jim Rice, so.... no pressure.

Eric, as per our conversation, I'm hoping North Tapps will be there by 9am to watch Rainier's performance (which wasn't exactly our conversation but I know how well you connect dots).

Take care all of you and I'm looking forward to seeing you again!

Orlyn Carney

GRMEA Piano Contest registration open

posted Dec 6, 2016, 7:31 AM by Dan Kexel   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 7:51 AM ]

Please note that our Piano Contest, for Saturday, January 28th, has been opened for registration. This contest is opened to students from grades 6-12 (9-12 being eligible for State Solo and Ensemble), and each registration is $10. The contest window is open until Friday January 6th, whereby it will close forever more. Scheduling for this event is very tight, however there is room for negotiation (to duking it out!). Our adjudicator of the day will be Marcello Fogg.

Take care and email me any questions you may have.

Happy Holidays!

Derek Pyle, Director of Bands
Auburn Mountainview High School

String Solo and Ensemble registration

posted Nov 27, 2016, 2:11 PM by Dan Kexel   [ updated Nov 27, 2016, 2:11 PM ]

Hi there! Starting this Monday, (November 28th), the window is open to start signing up your students for the String Solo and Ensemble Contest. The contest will be held on feb 11th at Mt. Baker Middle School in Auburn. Enclosed you should find an introduction letter, a website tutorial, forms for ensembles and solos, and the updated 2017 State Solo and Ensemble Contest rules. Please note that the window will close on December 20th!! If you have high school students and you don't register them completely, they will be able to participate, but will NOT be eligible for State!

Please remember also that if you register someone but don't complete the registration, they will not be seen by me and will not be registered! Please check each entry carefully.

Our adjudicators are fantastic and I know our students will learn a lot

Christi Chang
Anna Silarski
Rachel Nesvig
Joe Dyvig
Catherine Roller
Lauren Dougherty

Thanks so much! I look forward to a great contest! 

Contest host meeting next week

posted Sep 27, 2016, 2:19 PM by Dan Kexel   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 2:19 PM ]

There will be a meeting for all GRMEA contest hosts on October 4th at 3:30 at the Red Robin in Auburn (by the Outlet Collection). This is an important meeting to attend for all contests hosts as we will go over rule changes and finances for all events. Please plan on being there!

GRMEA band rubric discussion

posted Sep 27, 2016, 2:12 PM by Dan Kexel   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 2:16 PM ]

We had a very productive discussion regarding secondary band contest and its purpose at our region meeting last week. Here is the link to the "Texas rubric" that was presented as a possible guide for the changes we are interested in making to our contest rubric:

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