Fall Inservice Resources

posted Oct 29, 2018, 1:05 PM by Nicole Laborte

Thank you again for joining us for our Fall Inservice!
Here are some links to the files for our Polynesian Music session, and the master list of repertoire that was created in one of our orchestra sessions.

18/19 Region Events Updated

posted Sep 2, 2018, 8:43 PM by Nicole Laborte   [ updated Sep 2, 2018, 8:50 PM ]

The region event page is currently updated with what events have been coordinated by President Ainsley and contests hosts. We are still looking for hosts for some events - if you are interested and willing, please email Ainsley ASAP so we can get everything hosted and organized!
Also, please be sure to check that the "Contact Us" page and notify Nicole of any personnel changes you are aware that are not currently reflected on the website - contest hosts will email out contest information and registration using theses lists, and we do not want overlook anyone.

Pre-Register for Fall 2018 Inservice!

posted Aug 27, 2018, 4:14 PM by Nicole Laborte   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 8:55 AM ]

We are excited for our Fall Inservice Day on October 12th at Kentwood High School.
This year we are thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with Music & Arts to help pay for our wonderful clinicians and our reading sessions.
Please preregister with the following Google Form so we have an accurate head count for our reading sessions, and for lunch generously provided by our sponsor!

October Workshop 18 9-14

About our keynote speaker:
Dr. Natalie Douglass is Assistant Professor of Horn at Utah Valley University.  She has taught, performed, and researched internationally, including a U.S. Fulbright grant to the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Conservatory in Hungary.  Her primary area of research is the development of pedagogical approaches to connect aural skills training to brass instruction, and she has published and given masterclasses on this topic at universities and workshops around the United States as well as the 2014 International Horn Society International Symposium in London, UK.  In addition to freelance orchestral and chamber work in the Midwest, she has toured under the batons of Lorin Maazel and Krzysztof Penderecki and performed in venues across Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Oman.  She has given masterclasses and featured artist performances at the Florida Horn Festival, the Utah Horn Symposium, the American Embassy in Vienna, and the IHS Southwest Horn Workshop.  Dr. Douglass also researches the relationship between speech patterns and brass articulation, including real-time MRI imaging projects with Peter Iltis at the Max Planck Institute in Gottingen, Germany.  She has presented on this research at numerous speech therapy conferences as well as the 2015 International Horn Society International Symposium in Los Angeles.  Dr. Douglass teaches at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp and has taught horn, brass methods, and musicianship in Cincinnati, Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, and at the Illinois Summer Youth Music program at the University of Illinois.

Registration is open for 2017 GRMEA Music Inservice

posted Sep 14, 2017, 1:15 PM by Unknown user   [ 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 Unknown user   [ 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 Unknown user   [ 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 Unknown user   [ 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 Unknown user   [ 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 Unknown user   [ 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 Unknown user   [ 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

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