CMEA Schedule – April 27th

Hello Symphonic Band & Orchestra Families,

We finally received our time slots for this year’s CMEA Festival on Saturday, April 27th!  For those of you unfamiliar with the CMEA Festival:  CMEA is an acronym for California Music Educators Association.  CMEA has festivals throughout California, our section is the North Bay.  The festival is comprised of a half hour performance in front of a three-judge panel.  The judges will critique the ensemble(s) and provide feedback.  Following the performance is a sight-reading clinic where our musicians will be given a piece of unseen music to perform in front of a judge/clinician.  This is a rated festival.


This year’s North Bay CMEA Festival is being held at Benicia Middle School, 1100 Southampton Rd. Benicia, CA.  All students are required to take the school bus to Benicia Middle School.  Both Symphonic Band & Orchestra will be performing on Saturday, April 27th.  There is a full timeline at the end of this email.


All Symphonic Band & Orchestra students are required to complete and return a medical permission slip NO LATER THAN Friday, April 19th.  Students may pick up a permission slip from Janis in the band/orchestra office.  You may also download a copy of the permission slip HERE.


Students are required to wear their concert uniforms to the CMEA festival.  Please have your student check NOW to make sure that they have all the pieces to their uniform.  This includes the following for those students who are wearing pants:  the tuxedo pants, the white tuxedo shirt, the tuxedo jacket, the blue cummerbund & bow tie, 3 shirt studs, 2 cuff links, ALL BLACK closed-toed shoes and ALL BLACK socks!! Please make sure the socks reach the calves.  For those students wearing dresses:  dress, ALL BLACK tights/stockings/socks, ALL BLACK closed-toed shoes.


Students will be transported to the event by school bus. If your student will not be riding back on the bus for any reason, they need to submit a note/email in advance to Janis from the parent/guardian stating they will not be returning to AHS on the bus.  Also, both student and parent will need to check out with Janis and/or Maestro before leaving.  If you are picking your student up from Benicia Middle School, you must be there by 2:30PM, otherwise your student will be returning to AHS on the bus.


Please make sure your students have breakfast prior to CMEA.  Students should bring a water bottle and either bring a sack lunch (no refrigeration) or cash to purchase lunch.  The Benicia Middle School music boosters will be selling food items on site. Students in both Symphonic Band and Orchestra will only have 15-20 mins for lunch between photos and Orchestra warm up – they are highly encouraged to bring a sack lunch, otherwise Janis will help coordinate purchasing food for them.


Musical Images will be photographing the ensembles at the CMEA.  If you would like to purchase the 8×12 photos, they are $25.00 each (2 poses: Formal & Fun), and the Frames are $20.00. Click HERE for an Order Form.


We need a few of chaperones for the bus and to watch over students while Maestro is performing with the other ensemble.  If you have a Mon-Fri work schedule and have not chaperoned so far this year, this is your opportunity to chaperone! If you can help, please contact Janis ASAP 707-824-2337 or


8:00am Arrive @ AHS; Load Buses

8:30am Depart for Benicia Middle School

9:45am Arrive @ BMS – unload bus

10:15am Symphonic Band Warm up

10:45am Symphonic Band Performance

11:15am Symphonic Band Clinic – Sight Reading

11:45am Symphonic Band Photos


12:30pm Orchestra Warm Up

1:00pm Orchestra Performance

1:30pm Orchestra Clinic – Sight Reading

2:00pm Orchestra Photos

3:00pm Load Bus

3:30pm Depart for AHS

5:00pm Arrive at AHS (Approx. Time)