Student Eligibility

Students must be a member in good standing of their high school music organization. They have to attend all rehearsals and performances of their OkMEA All-State organization and abide by the Rules of Conduct. Students must be eligible academically under OSSAA guidelines at the time of auditions and at the time of the festival.

Deadlines and Fees

First Deadline – September 23, 2017
– $15.00 per student
Second Deadline – September 30, 2017
– $45.00 per student
Emergency Deadline – Contact Band VP
– $100.00 per student

Audition Dates

November 18
Midwest City High School

Entry Form – Before September 30
Online Entry Form

Emergency Entry Form – After September 30
Please download the Emergency Application, complete all information, and email a copy to the Jazz Ensemble Chair and Band Vice President. Print a completed copy to bring, with emergency audition fees, to the audition site and deliver directly to the Jazz Ensemble Chair.
Download the Emergency Audition Application


Horns, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Vibes

Etude No. 2 from Etudes for the Developing Jazz Musician by Will Campbell
Stonemill Music –

Lead Trumpet:
Students who try out for lead trumpet must be in the top five trumpet scores to make the band

Bass Trombone:
New for 2017-2018 school year:
The Bass Trombone will be in its own instrument category. The audition process will be modified to accommodate this change.


Swingin’ for the Fences (Demo Track 1, Play-Along Track 2) from the Gordon Goodwin Play-Along Series Volume 1

Drummers will also play sixteen bars each of the following styles:
Funk at 110 bpm
Swing at 110 bpm
Double-Time Swing at 220 bpm
Double-Time Swing Trading Fours (four bars of time, four bars of solo) at 220 bpm
Samba at 220 bpm
Jazz Waltz at 220 bpm

Drummers will play each sixteen-bar phrase in prescribed order, as one continuous etude, then after a short pause, play eight bars of swing ballad with brushes at 80 bpm

The audition site will provide a drum set. Students who want to use their own drum set need to set-up in the band room by 8:00am on the day of the audition.

Sight-Reading and Improv

All students will sight-read following their prepared audition

An optional improvisation audition can add up to give additional points to the overall score. Interested students will play two, twelve-bar blues choruses in the key of F. The accompaniment source for the audition is from Maiden Voyage, Vol. 54, track #10 Tootsie (Jamey Aebersold, Inc., This separate audition is optional but strongly encouraged.

OCDA Choir Rhythm Section

The selected rhythm section for the jazz ensemble will also perform for the All-OCDA High School Jazz Chorus at the OCDA conference, held the week before the OkMEA Conference in January.

Steve Sharp, All-State Jazz Ensemble Chair