Alabama Bandmaster’s All-State Jazz Bands 2019

Students are invited to submit audition recordings in order to be considered for the All-State Jazz Band. The All-State Jazz Band festival is held in conjunction with the Alabama Music Educators Association In-Service Conference at the Birmingham- Jefferson Convention Com- plex on January 17-19, 2019. Selection for the Alabama All-State Jazz Bands is determined by a recorded audition that students prepare and directors send to the Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA) Jazz Division. A qualified panel of adjudicators will be judging student recordings. Band directors will then be notified of the selected students approximately three weeks after the deadline. Directors must be members of NAfME in order for their students to audition and participate in the All-State Jazz Bands.

Clinicians We are excited to have outstanding clinicians for this year’s All-State Jazz Bands. These directors bring years of high-level jazz education ex- perience and will offer our students a memorable opportunity for musical growth. (biographies are in this edition). Mr. Ron Carter, Gold Band Mr. Jerry Tolson, Silver Band Mr. Wes Parker, Bronze Band Mr. Earnest Echols, Middle School Band

Audition Procedures and Information

Students in 9th-12th grades audition for the high school bands. (The third-year provision is in effect for All-State jazz band auditions. This means 9th graders in their third year of study may audition for the middle school band). Students in 8th grade and below will audition for the middle school band, but they may choose to audition for the high school band with director approval.

Directors must complete the Online Registration Form by going to and mail fees to the listed address. Online registration and payment must be received by October 29, 2018. Please be careful with the spelling of student names as this data will be used throughout the audition and concert process.

Once the director has registered students online, they will receive a Dropbox link to upload their students’ recordings to their school’s audition folder. No CDs will be accepted for auditions.

All audition recordings should be in high quality mp3 format (not .m4a, wav, or .aiff, etc). Auditions should be recorded live with no special editing or effects. Do not speak on the recordings. Send a recording with only ONE track. You can combine your mp3 recordings into one file with software such as Audacity (download for free at or Garage Band.

Each student’s recording should be in one mp3 file, labeled as follows. FirstName_LastName_instrument_School


John_Doe_altosax_CupcakeHS Sally_Jones_piano_PecanPieMS

Be sure you send recordings with one track that includes all of the student’s audition requirements.

The order of items on the recording for wind players, vibraphone, and piano should be: Scales (played in the order listed), Etude, followed by the Play-A-Long tunes, in the order listed. The order of items on the recording for guitar and bass players should be the Etude followed by the Play-A-Long tunes, in the order listed.

The order of items on the recording for drum set players should be the Patterns (in the order listed) followed by the Play-A-Long tunes, in the order listed.

Band Directors should mail registration form and one registration fee check, made payable to the Alabama Bandmasters Association, in one envelope to the Jazz Chairman at the following address:

Ms. Kim Bain, Chair ABA Jazz Division PO Box 1231 Pelham, Alabama 35124

The audition fee is $15.00 per student along with the school fee of $20.00 per school. These fees are due with the registration form (see below), which must be received by October 29, 2018.

Students who are chosen for the All State Jazz bands will pay a $40.00 per student registration/participation fee at the event. For more information check the ABA website. Click on the 2018-2019 All-State Jazz Band Requirements.

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