High School Jazz Band
Membership Requirement
For a student to participate in KMEA honor groups the sponsoring teacher must be an active member of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

High School Jazz Band
56A Clinician


Dan Gailey
University of Kansas
Dan Gailey is the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, where he directs Jazz Ensemble I and teaches courses in jazz composition, arranging and pedagogy. He was named to a coveted Chancellor's Club Teaching Professorship at KU in 2017. Dan is the recipient of the 1996 IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship, presented to an emerging jazz composer from an international field of candidates. Under his direction, the KU Jazz Studies Program has been the recipient of 31 DownBeat Student Music Awards, including Jazz Ensemble I's 2023 award for Best College Jazz Ensemble in the Graduate Division.

As director of KU Jazz Ensemble I, Dan has led performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Jazz a Vienne Festival in France, the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in California, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. He also directed the band in invited appearances at International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences in New York City, Atlanta and Boston. In April 2022, Jazz Ensemble I was one of 10 college bands nationwide chosen by Wynton Marsalis to perform and compete at the Rudin Jazz Championships at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where the band was ultimately selected as one of the 5 evening concert finalists.

The Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra debut CD What Did You Dream? was released in July 2010 on Origin/OA2 Records and features all original compositions by Dan, several of which are published through iJazzMusic.com. The CD spent almost 2 years on the JazzWeek Radio Airplay charts, and received very favorable reviews from JAZZIZ, JazzTimes and Cadence magazines, among others.

Dan has directed all-state high school jazz ensembles in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas and Washington, along with the 2015 NAfME All-Northwest Jazz Ensemble and the 1996 National Band Association National High School Ensemble. He holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (MM) and Pacific Lutheran University (BM). Dan is also on the Board of Directors for Jazz Education Abroad, a non-profit organization that presents educational workshops and festivals throughout the world with emphasis in Asia and the Middle East.
Sam Hake
1221 N. Webb Rd
Wichita, KS 67206
w: 316-634-0433
Important Dates - HS Jazz Band
Aug. 26, 2023 - Sat
SCKMEA Teacher Kick-off
Augusta HS
9:30 AM - New teachers meeting
10:00 AM - All teachers meeting; breakout meetings
Sep. 20, 2023 - Wed
Audition Registration deadline — HS Jazz
$8 per audition
Sep. 27, 2023 - Wed
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 — HS Jazz
$33 per audition
Oct. 3, 2023 - Tue
Audition registration deadline - Late deadline #2 — HS Jazz
$58 per audition
Oct. 4, 2023 - Wed
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 — HS Jazz
$100 per audition
Oct. 4, 2023 - Wed
District Auditions — HS Jazz Band
Wichita-Collegiate HS
Time TBA (evening)
Oct. 28, 2023 - Sat
Send to SCKMEA Executive Director Larry Brownlee
Nov. 4, 2023 - Sat
Clinics & Concerts — MS Band, MS Choir, HS Jazz Band
Goddard HS
$12 participation fee per selected student

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