REVISED: Auditions for 2018 All-State Honor Ensembles are due by Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – CONTACT YOUR BAND DIRECTOR ASAP, if you want to audition!
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 San Jose, February 15-18, 2018.
Visit the NAfME website for information about honor groups for grades 7-8.
Very Important: All 2018 All-State Band auditions must be uploaded online by your Band Director (Mr. McKeown, Mr. Sakow, or Mr. Whaley). No CDs will be accepted for band auditions.
You must submit your audition recording to your Band Director by Tuesday, November 28th. Your Band Director will submit auditions through the CBDA online system, which will close at 11:59 PM on December 1, 2017.
If your Band Director submits your audition recording to the CBDA or CAJ, there is a $55 student fee to audition. Your Band Director will ask you to pay this fee, after informing you that you have been selected. 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 San Jose, February 14-18, 2018.
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 Jazz auditions (improvisation, scales, etc 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
2018 Honor Group Audition Information
Concert Bands (High School and Junior High School)
High School Jazz Band
Junior High School Jazz Band
All State Student Information Collection Form – submit this to your Band Director!
All State Vocal Jazz Application – submit the Vocal Jazz online form, but also PRINT and submit it to your Band Director (Etudes and Recording Instructions for Vocal Jazz are with all of the other etudes referenced above)
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.
HIGH SCHOOL TROMBONE
HIGH SCHOOL BASS TROMBONE
HIGH SCHOOL EUPHONIUM
MIDDLE SCHOOL TROMBONE
MIDDLE SCHOOL EUPHONIUM AND TUBA
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for the FAQ’s