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  • Florida Bandmasters Association 2016 ALL-STATE HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

    (For the 9th 12th Grade HS Jazz Band- auditioning in September of 2015 for the January 2016 FMEA Conference)

    1. All-State Jazz Band membership rules and regulations:

    a) The student must be in the ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade.

    b) The decision of the selection committee is final.

    c) Only instruments listed on the All-State Application or in the 2016 All-State Jazz Band Requirements printed in the

    handbook may audition.

    d) The student must be a member of the band program at their school and have their name submitted on the proper

    All- State Application form. The Application form must be typed and signed by the band director and principal. The

    Application form must be submitted by the deadline date set by the District.

    e) The band director must be a member of FBA/FMEA by September 1, 2015. f) Students selected for any All-State group must bring their own music stand, equipment, instrument(s), mutes etc.

    2. All-State Jazz Band General Information:

    a) The improvisation materials are selected from the Jamey Aebersold series.

    b) All rhythm (Piano, Bass, Drum Set, Guitar) exercises are selected from: Stylistic Etudes in the Jazz Idiom by Lou

    Fisher, (second edition) Houston Publishing, 1995 ISBN 0-7935-5595-7.

    c) All wind (Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone) exercises are etudes written expressly for the FBA High School Jazz

    audition.

    3. All-State Jazz Band Audition Requirements for Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Piano, Guitar and Bass.

    When the student enters the room, he/she will be asked to perform:

    a) The specific prepared exercises for their instrument as shown in the All-State Jazz Band Requirements. Performers

    should use appropriate jazz articulation (not necessarily indicated).

    b) Lead Trumpet This requires a separate audition piece, however you must also audition for section trumpet.

    c) + Optional Improvisation will be two choruses of Fast Blues in F from Jamey Aebersolds Volume 2 Nothin But

    Blues AND students will play the melody to Stella By Starlight then improvise one full chorus of Stella By

    Starlight (track 2) from Jamey Aebersolds Volume 93 Whats New. Improvisation is mandatory if you wish to

    be considered for a solo chair. + Bass Players will walk a bass line first time, then improvise a second chorus of Fast Blues in F from Jamey

    Aebersolds Volume 2 Nothin But Blues AND walk a bass line first time to Stella By Starlight then improvise one

    full chorus of Stella By Starlight (track 2) from Jamey Aebersolds Volume 93 Whats New.

    d) Doubling (Saxophones Only.) After improvisation on main instrument students will improvise two choruses of Fast

    Blues in F from Jamey Aebersolds Volume 2 Nothin But Blues AND the melody to Stella By Starlight then

    improvise one full chorus of Stella By Starlight (track 2) from Jamey Aebersolds Volume 93 Whats New.

    e) Sight-reading exercise to demonstrate the students reading ability. The student will have thirty seconds to study the

    piece before playing it.

    4. All-State Jazz Band Audition Requirements for Drum Set.

    When the student enters the room, he/she will be asked to perform:

    a) The prepared exercises for drum set listed below.

    b) The indicated number of measures in the four different styles listed below to demonstrate steady time keeping and rhythmic creativity. They should imagine themselves in a jazz combo situation backing a horn soloist.

    1. Rock (16 bars) quarter note = 76

    2. Bossa Nova (16 bars) quarter note = 120

    3. Swing (32 bars) quarter note = 144

    4. Jazz Samba (32 bars) quarter note = 100

    a) Drummers will play the first portion of Perdido from For Drummers Only: Jazz Band Music Minus One Drummer (New Digitally Remastered Edition) Disc B, Track 3, (up to 1:28 mark on CD)

    b) Sight-reading exercise to demonstrate the students reading ability. The student will have thirty seconds to study the piece before playing it.

  • 2016 All-State High School Jazz Band Prepared Exercises

    (9th 12th Grade)

    Saxophone (Alto, Tenor and Baritone) Ex 1 Saxophone Etude #1

    Ex 2 Saxophone Etude #2

    Improvisation Optional

    Piano Ex 1 - Pg 80 #5

    Ex 2 - Pg 82 #2 Including D.C.

    Stella By Starlight Track 2

    Jamey Aebersold Vol. 93 Whats New Play with left channel only

    Play melody, then improvise one full chorus

    Lead Trumpet Ex 1 Lead Trumpet Etude

    Note: Lead players must also audition for section trumpet

    Improvisation Optional

    Guitar Ex 1 - Pg 98 #2

    Ex 2 - Pg 111#5

    Stella By Starlight Track 2

    Jamey Aebersold Vol. 93 Whats New Play with left channel only

    Play melody, then improvise one chorus

    Trumpet Ex 1 Trumpet Etude #1

    Ex 2 Trumpet Etude #2

    Improvisation Optional

    Electric and/or Acoustic Bass Ex 1 - Pg 117 #4

    Ex 2 - Pg 127 #4

    Stella By Starlight Track 2

    Jamey Aebersold Vol. 93 Whats New Play with right channel only

    Play a walking bass line first time, then improvise one full

    chorus

    Trombone Ex 1 Trombone Etude # 1

    Ex 2 Trombone Etude # 2

    Improvisation Optional

    Drum Set Ex 1 Pg 131 #1

    Ex 2 Pg 140 #5

    Perdido

    For Drummers Only: Jazz Band Music Minus One

    Drummer (New Digitally Remastered Edition), p. 18

    Disc B, Track 3 - Stop at 1: 28

    Bass Trombone Ex 1 Bass Trombone Etude #1

    Ex 2 Bass Trombone Etude # 2

    Improvisation Optional

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