NOTE: This post is about the 2019 honor ensembles, which performed in Fresno, February 14-17, 2019

If you are a Samohi student looking for information about auditions for 2020 honor ensembles, visit:

2020 All-State Applications Due November 27

For grades 9-12, California offers a high school All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble, three high school All-State Honor Bands, a high school All-State Jazz Band, a high school All-State Honor String Orchestra, and a high school All-State Honor Full Orchestra that will participate at the CBDA/CASMEC Convention in Fresno, February 14-17, 2019.
Visit the NAfME website for information about honor groups for grades 7-8.

Very Important:  All 2019 All-State Band auditions must be uploaded online, with a code provided by your Band Director (Mr. McKeown for concert bands, or Mr. Whaley for jazz).  No CDs will be accepted for band auditions.

You must submit your audition recording to your Band Director by Tuesday, November 27th. Mr. McKeown needs students to share their recordings with him by November 27 via Google Drive. When he picks the top 20 students to submit, they will then be given a code to upload their music and scales through the CBDA online system, which will close at 11:59 PM on December 1, 2018.

If you receive a code and submit your audition recording to the CBDA or CAJ, there is a $55 student fee to audition. Those who are selected for an honor ensemble will pay CASMEC a participation fee, which will be approximately $450, due in mid-January. See the Audition information below.

All-State honor ensembles will perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) in Fresno, February 14-17, 2019.


The information below comes from  

Scales and Audition Etudes

Please select the scales and materials for the group you will be auditioning for.

Click here for all of the audition information, scales, and etudes (where applicable)**

Click here for additional information regarding All State High School Jazz auditions (improvisation, scales, and Vocal Jazz Recording Instructions)

**note that there are no scale requirements for harp.
***if you are having issues accessing this because your personal Dropbox account is full, please LOG OUT of Dropbox, then click this link again to access the files

2019 Honor Group Audition Information

Recording Instructions

2019 Concert Bands (High School and Junior High School)
2019 High School Instrumental Jazz
2019 All-State Jazz Choir (Vocal Jazz)


All State Student Information Collection Form submit this to your Band Director!


Click here for the Errata

Audition Help Videos

Middle School Trombone / Euphonium / Tuba players and High School Trombone / Euphonium players:  Please see the videos below, made by Amy Bowers, with helpful hints and suggestions regarding successfully navigating your way through the All State audition music.






Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for the FAQ’s

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