For Immediate Release: Jonathon Shaw, Director of Operations
The Mid East Performance Association is elated to announce a robust competitive schedule for the 2024 season, as well as several initiatives for students, teachers, and designers of the indoor community!
Starting January 27th, MEPA kicks off eight weekends of contests with over a dozen events in the southwest Ohio region, culminating with the MEPA Circuit Championships held at WSU's Nutter Center the first week of April. Building on the growth and success of the 2023 season, the Board of Directors and Administrative Team are fully committed to creating another great year for the indoor marching arts to all who participate. Several of the contests are already locked in with top-notch, premier WGI judging panels which will be revealed prior to the registration period. The 2024 Contest Season Schedule can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
Registration for the upcoming season begins on Sunday, October 1st. Instructions can be found by CLICKING HERE. Ensembles will have the entire month to pay registration fees in preparation for Contest Registration taking place on Wednesday, November 1st. While groups can sign up for a contest anytime on or after that date, a handful of events are likely to reach capacity within a few short hours. MEPA anticipates welcoming over 100 groups and guests to join the excitement in 2024.
This year's theme: "Create Your Journey" will welcome experiences from designers, performers, volunteers, teachers, and others as they share the unlimited opportunities that can blossom along the pathway of performing and beyond. "In our off-season discussions, we really wanted to broaden the impact we could have on our membership, and not just the performers on the floor and their instructors" said Jodi Fairbanks, MEPA Board President. "By initiating this project, we'll be able to share with EVERYONE that there's no limit to what someone can do in the activity. Performers don't have to just stop performing and become instructors. They can immediately design costumes, plan events, mix soundtracks, or travel the country as a judge just to name a few possibilities."
The successful Judge Training program established in 2023 will return, and MEPA is in the developmental stages of an Instructor Training program with Educational Partners for the 2024 season.
More exciting relaunches include the redesigned "MEPA Mindset Day" which, for the first time since 2019, will welcome a panel of speakers and creative minds to lead discussions and seminars on a variety of topics for teachers, techs, directors, and designers. The date is scheduled for November 5th at Noon at Centerville HS. More information will be released in October.
The MEPA Internship program will also return in 2024 for young adults seeking knowledge, hands on experience, and a way to contribute their skills and passion while having a major impact with tangible results. More information is available by CLICKING HERE.
The Mid East Performance Association celebrates 30 Years of Excellence in 2024. To be a part of it, or to learn more, reach out to a member of the team by CLICKING HERE.