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Required Music List - Band

Revised 2020: The KSHSAA has approved updating the PML every two years. The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) as recommended by the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) has adopted a Published Music List for KSHSAA State Music Festivals -- Large Groups. Kansas band directors, at all educational levels, have a common goal of providing band students with a quality music education through performance. Providing band students with a quality music education through performance requires the selection of quality music for rehearsal and performance. Band music is diverse in difficulty level, style, and quality. However, 'quality' is not necessarily determined by difficulty level or style. During the last several years, a number of outstanding music educators and music organizations have studied the band repertoire and have suggested characteristics common to quality band music. These characteristics include band compositions that are interesting, stimulate the imagination, reflect craft, require reflection and study, and provide opportunities for the enhancement of student musicianship. It is the purpose of the Published Music List to provide challenging examples of such literature that are appropriate for all classifications of ensembles.

This music list will be revised for the 2022-23 school year. Persons wishing to submit selections for consideration should forward a copy of the conductor's score to the KSHSAA prior to May 1, 2022. The KSHSAA wishes to thank the following band directors who gave so generously of their time and knowledge to revise the updated list during 2021-2022: Chairperson Randy Fillmore, Lawrence Free State HS and committee members Dr. Martin Bergee, University of Kansas; Dr. Paul Popiel, University of Kansas; Dr. Matthew Smith, University of Kansas; Larry Brownlee, Sterling College; Mike Jones, Lawrence HS; Bill Thomas, Shawnee Mission West HS; Damian Johnson, Eudora HS; Jayme Malsom, Holton HS; Carl Rowles, Kansas Wesleyan University; Rachel Villareale, Derby HS; Steve Lueth, Kansas Wesleyan University; Will Biggs, Gardner Edgerton HS; Luke Johnson, MidAmerica Nazarene University; Katie Sperry, Mission Valley Schools; Ray Linville, Andover HS; and Dr. Tom Seddon, Washburn University. Updates of the Published Music List with be posted on the KSHSAA Music Festivals site and enforcement of music policies will be the responsibility of the KSHSAA.

Band Literature Requirements
At least one composition shall be selected from the Published Music List in the appropriate classification. The school’s second designated group may perform music from one classification lower than their first large group. EXAMPLE: The second band or orchestra from a 5A or 6A school may select literature from the 3A and 4A Published Music List.
    Classification — Required Performance Level
  • 1A and 2A — Level II or Above
  • 3A and 4A — Level III or Above
  • 5A and 6A — Level IV or Above

Bands, with their principal's consent, may request permission to perform literature from one classification lower than the required level. All requests correctly submitted will be automatically approved. Similar requests must be resubmitted each school year.

NOTE: School groups not meeting the music literature requirements will not be allowed to perform. If discovered during or after the performance, "Comments Only" will be recorded and a letter of non-compliance mailed to the school's principal.