2018 - 2019 All State Jazz Band Information

(Duplicate as needed. Provide a copy of the required music, mp3, and recording process guidelines to each student.)

 Eligibility Requirements

A student must attend an independent (private), parochial, or public school in Maryland, be in grades 10, 11, or 12 and must be enrolled in and be active participants in their school band, orchestra or jazz ensemble, in order to be eligible to participate in the All State auditions. Students who do not participate in their school band or orchestra program are not eligible. Teachers with questions about eligibility should contact the MMEA Executive Director. All other questions should be directed to Maryland Band Directors Association via mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com prior to January 14, 2019. Review and submit the Jazz 2018-2019 Authentication Form and online.

Audition Procedure/DVD Submission Requirements

Auditions for the 2018 - 2019 All State Jazz Band will be submitted on DVD. The Jazz band dates are February 21-23, 2019 at UMBC. Students may audition for the Senior Band, Orchestra, or Chorus and Jazz Band. (If a student is selected for two groups, he/she will be able to perform in both ensembles!) Directors must submit a nomination/DVD authentication form with each DVD for jazz audition to be received by January 17, 2019. Directors must submit a nomination form for each event for which a student is auditioning by the deadline. School music directors are to supervise the audition recording process and review each DVD before submission. Please refer to the 2018 - 2019 All State Jazz Band DVD Recording Authentication Form for recording process guidelines. These forms are available to teaches from the County Music Supervisor.

Audition Requirements

It is the director’s responsibility to download the audition materials from the MMEA website (mmea-maryland.org) to give to students OR to provide the web address to students so they may access the audition materials, including the MP3 file.

Students will be required to play the following materials indicated online at the MMEA website at the tempo and style indicated. Please note that the PDF music files for each instrument are all several pages long:

  • All instruments except drums: Perform the five scales as written in the audition materials.

  • All Saxophones,Lead Trumpet, Section Trumpet, Drums: “C” Jam Blues,” and “Sambop”.

  • Lead Trombone, Section Trombone, Bass Trombone, Guitar/Vibraphone, Piano, Bass: “C” Jam Blues", and “Salsa En Mi Alma”.

  • (Not required) Perform improvisation with the MP3 file available at the MMEA website. While improvisation is not required, students who improvise will earn more points than students do not attempt improvisation.

No music needs to be purchased. Everything is provided on the MMEA website. All music is presented here by permission of the authors and publisher.

Alto Sax

Tenor Sax                    Baritone Sax

Lead Trumpet               Section Trumpet

Lead Trombone            Section Trombone           Bass Trombone






Improvisation MP3