2021 All-State Band

All-State Band Conductor Bio

Travis J. Cross (he/him) serves as professor of music at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate wind conducting program, and chairs the music department. He was also associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity during the initial years of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Cross has conducted the UCLA Wind Ensemble at the California All-State Music Education Conference and College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division conference and prepared the band for centenary performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

During five years as wind ensemble conductor at Virginia Tech, Cross led students in performances at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall and developed the Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute into a major summer conducting workshop.

Cross earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the bachelor of music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. His principal teachers were Mallory Thompson and Timothy Mahr. Prior to graduate study, he taught for four years at Edina (Minn.) High School, where he conducted two concert bands and led the marching band program.

Cross contributed a chapter to volume four of Composers on Composing for Band, available from GIA Publications. His more than 20 original compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Daehn Publications, and Theodore Music. He has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in more than 30 states; Canada, China, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates; and at the Midwest Clinic and has engagements in California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Wyoming, Virginia, and Korea during the 2019–20 season. Cross is a Yamaha Master Educator.


August 16 - September 6: All-State registration for students open ($25 application fee).

September 7 - September 13: Late registration for All-State available ($45 application fee).

September 13 @ 11:59 PM CST: Registration closed, no more applications accepted.

September 15 - September 25 @ 11:59 PM CST: Website portal opens and closes for instrumental audition uploads.

October 18 @ 8:00 AM: All-State Selections announced. 


The 2021 All-State Ensembles have been selected and are available for DIRECTORS ONLY to view. You must log into the NMEA website in order to access the page. The selected participant lists will be available to the public at a later time. 

2021 All-State Selected Participants



John Mackey Undertow
Travis J. Cross Memento
Omar Thomas Of Our New Day Begun 



Click the link below to view the audition materials for the 2021 All-State Band - Excerpts are now available!

2021 All-State Band Audition Materials

Auditions manuals are available to download by clicking the buttons below.

2021 Auditions Manual & General Info 
2021 Wind/Percussion Auditions Manual


Registration for the 2021 All-State Band auditions is closed.


NMEA acknowledges and respects the diversity of situations existing in our state regarding COVID-19 protocols. Since the majority of our conference and all-state events will occur on UNL property and all events occur within the city of Lincoln, NMEA will follow UNL and Lancaster County guidelines for masking at the time of the conference. Currently Lancaster County has a mask mandate, meaning that the NMEA Conference and All-State would similarly require masking while indoors, including bell covers on wind instruments. This policy may change to reflect updated guidance from UNL and Lancaster County. Individuals who cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition, religious reasoning, or a disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering may seek an approved face covering exemption individually by contacting the NMEA board through: [email protected] by November 1, 2021. We have provided links to both the City of Lincoln and UNL's COVID-19 response pages on our quick links menu for you to view the latest information.