Welcome to the Jazz Ensemble page!


Vendor Information
Attn: Jazz Ensemble
PO Box 886
Muskogee, OK, 74402

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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 14, 2024
– $20.00 per student
Second Deadline – September 21, 2024
– $45.00 per student
Emergency Deadline – Contact Jazz Chair
– $100.00 per student

Audition Dates

November 23, 2024
Midwest City High School


Horns, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Vibes

Audition Material can be purchased directly through the OKJE website.

Etudes for the Developing Jazz Musician
by Will Campbell
Etude No. 3
Stonemill Music

Lead Trumpet:
Lead Trumpet will continue to be its own instrument category.

Bass Trombone:
The Bass Trombone will continue to be its own instrument category.


Gordon Goodwin Play-Along Series Volume 4
High Maintenance, page 137, m1-76 (stop on beat 1 of m77)
Demo 29 Play-Along 32

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., www.jazzbooks.com). This separate audition is optional but strongly encouraged. Those who are auditioning on multiple ‘like’ instruments will only improvise once.

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.

Joseph Wilhelm, All-State Jazz Ensemble Chair