2023 WVMEA


WVMEA X-Ensemble Applications are now CLOSED for the 2023 WVMEA Annual In-Service Conference to be held MARCH 2-4, 2023 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in Charleston, WV.  The submission deadline has expired. Check back later this year for 2024 details.

To apply, the music director must be a current, active member of NAfME at the time of submission and at the time of the conference; ensembles may not appear on the WVMEA Conference program in successive programs; ensembles may submit recordings for either traditional honor ensemble or X honor ensemble, but not both, but not both; Elementary, Middle and High school ensembles are encouraged to submit a recording; an X Ensemble must have 4 or more performers and be able to perform within the space of a 36'x24' stage.

A completed honor ensemble application must include all of the following components:
  1. A completed application. (click link below)
  2. Links to 3 recordings. (submitted on the application form)
  3. Copy of setlist from a recent performance.
  4. A list of potential repertoire to be performed if selected. (Repertoire for the X-Ensemble performance at the conference must be approved by the WVMEA executive board.)
  5. A 50-word professional biography and an electronic headshot of the director (to be included in the conference program if selected).
  6. An application fee, payable by credit card. The application fee is used to supplement the WVMEA scholarship fund. A receipt will be sent via email upon submission of this form.
  7. The director's current NAfME membership number. Membership must be current at the time of application and conference.
Submission Deadline has expired. Questions may be submitted via email to Honor Ensemble Chair Jamie Hasley at

Please read the full listing of application information thoroughly at the link above before submitting an application.

2023 X-Ensembles

Bridgeport Middle School Steel Band

Bridgeport Middle School Steel Band
Directed by Chris Hayslette
Mr. Chris Hayslette is the Band director at Bridgeport Middle School where he currently teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Band, Jazz Band, “Pandemonium” and Music Technology. He holds a BA in Music Education from Alderson-Broaddus College and is a member of Phi Beta Mu, NaFame, and WVMEA.

John Marshall High School Steel Band

John Marshall High School Steel Band
Directed by Tracey Filben
Tracey Filben is a 1996 Cum Laude graduate of West Liberty State College with a degree in music education. She obtained her master’s degree in Secondary Education from Marshall University in 2008. Ms. Filben has taught in Marshall County Schools since 1997, serving as the Director of Bands at John Marshall High School since 2003. She also served as the Theatre Director from 2013 - 2021. She has served as the Region I Band Festival Chair & Coordinator since 2003 and the WV All State Band Chair since 2010.

Morgantown High School Percussion Ensemble

Morgantown High School Percussion Ensemble
Directed by Brian Reed
Mr. Brian Reed is the Assistant Band Director and Percussion Director at Morgantown High School. Mr. Reed is also an instructor for the West Virginia University drumline. Mr. Reed resides in Morgantown, WV with his wife.