Welcome to the Jazz Ensemble page!

 

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 17, 2022
– $15.00 per student
Second Deadline – September 24, 2022
– $45.00 per student
Emergency Deadline – Contact Jazz Chair
– $100.00 per student

Audition Dates

November 19
Midwest City High School

 

GTOMS Registration Information

  1. Go to G-TOMS to register as a director (Director Registration Video)
    1. Use the email address you prefer for communication throughout the All-State process
    2. As you are registering, you will be prompted to enter your NAfME membership number
      1. Your membership must remain current throughout the All-State process (through January)
      2. Messages will pop-up if your membership is about to expire or will expire during the All-State process
  2. Once you are registered with G-TOMS, you may enter your students individually OR send students the student link to complete their registration (Entry Procedures Video)
    1. Please note that a Parent/Guardian Name and email will be required for all students auditions for All-State
    2. Do NOT put your name and email address as the Parent/Guardian
  3. You have three options to pay for your entries–credit card, purchase order, or check (Payment Procedures Video)
    1. If you are paying by purchase order or check, save a picture of the check or PO to your computer
    2. You will be prompted to upload a picture of your check or PO when using these forms of payment

If paying by check, mail the physical check with your invoice to:
OkMEA
All-State Band Auditions
PO Box 886
Muskogee, OK 74402

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. 1
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:
The Bass Trombone will continue to be its own instrument category.

Drummers

Gordon Goodwin Play-Along Series Volume 4
That’s How We Roll (Measures 1-58)
Demo Play-Along 17, p125

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

Sight-Reading:
All students will sight-read following their prepared audition

Improvisation:
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.

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.

Danny Bell, All-State Jazz Ensemble Chair

Email Danny