2020 All State Junior and Senior Band and Percussion Requirements

  1. Requirements: ● Students must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland and meet the class membership and grade designations in order to be eligible to participate in the All State auditions. ● Each director is responsible for seeing that each student has prepared the audition music and scales as described and at the tempos given. ● Review the specifics regarding eligiblity. Please note: All communications are with the music school teacher/director. Students and parents/guardians must work directly with and communicate directly with the music school teacher/director. Alternate files, formats, and links are not provided unless a request for accessibility due to a documented disability exists and is forwarded by the music teacher/director.

  2. Application: Online application forms will be available in September. An $8.00 non-refundable commitment fee per student will be assessed and due by the application deadline. A complete and on time application includes that the nomination form and commitment fee are received for each student by the deadline. Late applications (3 business-day grace) must be pre-approved by the Executive Director at mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com at least three business days prior to the deadline and a fee of $40 per student must be included with the late application.

  3. 2019-2020 Junior Band: In order to participate in the Maryland All State Junior Band, the student must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland, must be in grades 7, 8, or 9, and must be enrolled in a band class.

  4. 2019-2020 Senior Band (and Orchestra Winds & Percussion): In order to participate in the Maryland All State Senior Band, the student must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland, must be in grades 10, 11, or 12, and must be enrolled in a band class. In senior high schools in which an alternative scheduling program is operating, the student may participate in the year in which the student earns a credit.

  5. Review the detailed guide: 2019-2020 All State Junior and Senior Band Music and Precussion Audition Information

  6. Contact: mbdapresident@gmail.com with questions regarding music requirements and audition procedures. Contact: mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com regarding eligibility, application process, or payments.


All State Junior and Senior Band Requirements and Procedures

Winds: ● There will be two judges in each room. Scores of the two judges in each room will be averaged. ● Clarinets, flutes, trumpets, and alto saxophones may be sent to a finals room after the first audition. ● If a student is to go to the finals room, the preliminary room judges will issue the student a “Finals Room Pass.” Those students will then go to the registration desk to sign-up for the finals room.

Scales: ● Each student will be asked to perform the chromatic scale and one major scale for their instrument, selected from the following keys: C, F, G, D, A, E, B-Flat, E-Flat, A-Flat. ● The scales must be performed from memory. ● Scales will be selected by the adjudicator according to the level of the selection being performed. ● The scales are to be played evenly and smoothly in a 16th note pattern at a metronome speed of quarter note = 72. ● All scales are to be played ascending and descending a minimum of one octave, except Flute and Soprano Clarinet who shall perform the scales a minimum of two octaves.

Required Music: ● See the required music list. Only an excerpt will be performed. The entire piece will not be required. ● The excerpts of the required pieces will be posted in the warm-up room and at the entrance to each audition room. ● No student may audition on more than one instrument (except for flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn and Eb Clarinet/Bb Clarinet). ● Flute players wishing to be considered for piccolo parts, oboe players wishing to be considered for English horn parts, and clarinetists wishing to be considered for Eb Clarinet parts should bring those instruments with them to the audition and will be asked to demonstrate their proficiency on those instruments. ● In the event that a student arrives at the audition with the incorrect audition music prepared, the student will be given the correct music and up to an hour to prepare the correct music before the audition.

Sight Reading: Sight reading will be required


Percussion: ● The percussionists will be required to perform on snare drum, keyboard percussion, timpani, bass drum, crash cymbals, and tambourine. ● Prepared pieces on snare drum, keyboard percussion, and timpani are required. Please refer to the following information for these selections. ● Sight reading on snare drum, keyboard percussion, and timpani will be required. ● Students are to follow the provided audition requirements and play the musical examples exactly as printed on the page. Any deviation from the printed music will result in lower scores. ● The audition committee will ask students to perform selections from the list of roll exercises, rudiments, major scales, and arpeggios. The student should be prepared to play everything on the list. ● Percussion instruments provided at the audition are a (minimum) four-octave marimba, xylophone, four timpani, snare drum, tambourine, crash cymbals, and a concert bass drum. A bass drum mallet (or mallets) will be provided. ● Students may bring their own snare drum, tambourine, crash cymbals and/or bass drum mallets. ● All percussionists are expected to provide their own snare drum sticks, keyboard mallets, timpani mallets, and a pitch source (tuning fork, pitch pipe) for tuning the timpani. ● Although there is more than one acceptable technique that can be used for their performance, students sometimes use improper techniques, which result in a less than optimal musical effect. ● The adjudicators have the right to lower scores for the use of improper techniques. Scores of all the instruments will be averaged together.