High School Jazz Band

High School Jazz Band


Dear Educators, Here's hoping that you are off to a great start this year! I'll be brief here: this jazz band needs more students auditioning. I want to point out that improvisation is OPTIONAL—don't let this one small aspect scare any potentially interested students away! While I would encourage everyone to attempt the improvisation, do not let it hold someone back from auditioning! Soloists are important, yes, but it's the section players that can make or break a band. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns regarding auditions.

This year's clinician is Brad Dawson from Fort Hays State University! He has done incredible work both with the trumpet studio and jazz programs at FHSU, and the successes of his ensembles and students speak very highly of his abilities as an instructor. I'm very excited for him to work with this group; please get your students to audition! This will undoubtedly be a great experience for your jazz students!!

Dates and Deadlines
Sep. 14 - audition uploads begin
Sep. 27, 11:59:59 (CDT) - audition upload deadline (late entries are not possible)
Nov. 3 - NWKMEA Mini-Convention I @ Hays High School

Audition Recordings
We will use recorded mp3 auditions this year. Follow the link to Festival Scores and set up a Director account.

Guitar Entries
Guitar students auditioning for the 2018 Honor Jazz Band should use Cycle 1 material for this year.

Festival Scores - Audition Events

Directors, you will need to activate the following Event Tags in your Festival Scores Director account in order to upload audition entries.

Audition EventEvent Tag
Horn Auditions - Saxophone, Trumpet, TromboneN35K4N7
Rhythm Section, No Drums - Piano, Bass, GuitarTDX6PTV