Northwest Missouri Music Educators Association
District #1

Hello All!!
I wanted to put in a plug for Chris Sullivan and his Drum Major Camp!  Platte County is the host school for the Chris Sullivan Drum Major Camp each year.  Chris has done this camp for the past 15 plus years, and was the Head Drum Major on the MA (Marching Auxiliaries) Staff for numerous years. He is directly responsible for students of ours being awarded Outstanding Drum Major at at least one competitive field show competition each year for the past 17 years.
Last year he had students from 12 different schools, including Park Hill, Smithville, Kearney, Platte County, Belton, Pleasant Hill to name a few.  I HIGHLY encourage sending your students to this camp.  He will train your students not only to direct YOUR field show music (not just a camp routine), but to be better leaders and does an outstanding job cultivating a sense of belonging within the drum majors in our area.  He is selfless, and trains drum majors to be servant leaders.
No - I do not get a kick-back or anything from Chris- but he IS my best friend and has trained Platte County Drum Majors for 18 years.  Consider sending your students!  I've enclosed the link to register your students - it is NOT too late!
Sincerely- Matt
Dr. Matthew H. Bonsignore
Director of Jazz Studies/Associate Director of Bands
Platte County R-III Schools
1501 Branch -  Platte City, MO. 64079
(816) 858-2822 ext. 1270

Dear MMEA Members,

The opportunity to apply for performance at the 80th Annual MMEA In-Service Workshop/Conference is closing soon! The deadline for all online submissions and postmarked mailings is June 1.

I encourage all educators who direct an ensemble (General Music, Elementary, High School, Collegiate, Jazz, Vocal, and Instrumental) to consider making an application for this unique opportunity. Our 80th Anniversary is beginning to take shape and your ensemble could be on the program. This could be a great experience for you, your students, your program, and all parents and administrators. Don't miss this chance!

All applicants must be a current NAfME member. Keep in mind it takes 2-3 days for your NAfME membership to update to our MMEA files, so waiting until the last day is not advised.

Follow the link below, read the criteria for the area you are applying to, and proceed to the application.

Thank you, best wishes, and have a wonderful and relaxing break!

Jeff Melsha

Application for Performance – MMEA

I hope this email finds you running to the finish line of another great school year. I sincerely hope that your year was excellent and that you will find time to relax over the summer. I wanted to take a moment to mention a few things as you are planning for the rest of this school year and next year.

  • The 80th annual MMEA Convention (January 2018) Performance Applications due June 1st. Please see the MMEA website for instructions and details on how to submit.
  • Our Northwest District site is also updated with the newest sets of JH All-District Band audition material.Keep checking MOAJE for the All-State/All-District Jazz audition material.
  • If you are aware of a change in your district or area of music teachers due to leaving, retirement, etc... please let us know so that we can make sure they are aware of our District functions and events. If you feel comfortable to reach to them and welcome them on your own accord please do so.
Again, please enjoy your summer break and I look forward to seeing you all next school year.
Best Wishes,

This is just a reminder that if you are interested in encouraging student participation from your school/district, please feel free to distribute the link below (Northwest Summer Music Camp Website) via PowerSchool, Charms Office Assistant, etc. to students and parents in your program. Once individuals click on the link to register, they will see several options that includes the total cost.

This year’s registration is a little different than in the past…students choose one of six “tracks” in which they’re interested (Jazz, Marching, Show Choir, Choir/Band, Band/Musicianship, Choir/Musicianship) and as they proceed through the registration process electives unique to those tracks are options from which they can select. We think this will help guide students and parents to the area(s) in which they have the most interest…and in following years they can select other tracks or continue with this year’s choice! (BTW, yes…students can still participate in both band and choir, but their options for electives are not as extensive.)

If your students or parents have any questions about navigating the new online registration process, please encourage them to contact me or Rob Pippin - email is the most reliable way for us to receive their inquiry and respond in a timely manner. Contacting the camp email address is also strongly encouraged: Actually, it’s probably best if ALL THREE email addresses are included in any inquiries!

I hope your plans for the end of the year are going well. As always, please let any of us at Northwest know if we can help in any way. Thanks!

Northwest Summer Music Camp Website

John Bell

Registration is now open!
UMKC Percussion Workshop
May 31-June 2, 2017
Kansas City, MO

The UMKC Percussion Workshop provides students in high school (Grades 9-12) and middle school (Grades 6-8) the opportunity to hone their technical skills and improve their musicianship by working with UMKC Percussion faculty and guest artists. Teachers will present a variety of master classes and conduct rehearsals in preparation for the finale percussion ensemble concert to showcase the repertoire learned in the workshop. If you’re a percussionist who wants to grow as a musician—and have fun doing it—register today!

Tuition: $125
Please contact Roshelle Pekarek, Festival Coordinator, at or (816) 235-2931
Festivals and Summer Programs UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

UMKC Percussion Workshop
5227 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110

Registration is now open!
UMKC Double Reed Institute
June 27-July 1, 2017
Kansas City, MO

The UMKC Double Reed Institute provides high school students (Grades 9-12) the opportunity to work with UMKC double reed faculty, play chamber music, learn the craft of reed making, and perform. Double reed (oboe and bassoon) students will benefit from learning to play music in a variety of settings including masterclasses, lessons, and chamber music. All students will also have the opportunity to learn to make their own reeds in dedicated reed making classes.

Registration details:
Standard tuition: $250
On-campus housing also available for a fee.

Contact Roshelle Pekarek, Festival Coordinator, at or (816) 235-2931.
Festivals and Summer Programs
UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

Roshelle Pekarek, Coordinator
UMKC Double Reed Institute
5227 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110