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All-State Jazz Auditions

The 2018 Audition fee is $20, the deadline is March 15, 2018.

See the OpusEvent How-To Guide for information on submitting auditions.

Camps information is on the All-State Camps page.

Audition Components

  1. Play the updated scales in succession, in a single continuous take, at the articulation and tempo indicated.  
  2. Perform the MMEA All-State jazz etude.
  3. Perform improvisation as listed below.
    1. For all instruments except drum set, perform improvisation with Blues in Bb or Blues in F. Improvisation tracks generously provided by McNally Smith College of Music.
    2. For drumset, the student improvises without the CD background. The student will play a 1-2 minute solo, including swing, funk, rock, and Latin with the emphasis on swing. Transitions should be seamless and include appropriate fill.
    3. For all instruments except drum set: Student may listen to one chorus before beginning.
    4. Suggested length of improvisation:
      • Wind/Brass: 4-5 choruses of soloing
      • Piano/Guitar/Vibes: split evenly between comping and soloing.
      • Bass: split evenly between bass line and soloing.  

Digital Ethics

Sponsoring teachers must be in the room when the recording is made. All students and sponsoring teachers are responsible for adhering to the MMEA digital ethics policy. The policy is available for download here, and on the All-State Auditions main page.

Eligibility requirements are on the All-State Policies page. Read details on music ensemble participation. 

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