Welcome to the OkMEA Jazz Ensemble page!

OkMEA will be using Opus Event for online auditions and adjudication for the 2020-2021 school year.

The in-person OkMEA High School All-State festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Jazz Ensemble will have a virtual All-State experience in January
for those students who audition for and make the ensemble.

Audition Dates

Jazz Ensemble (Nov 11-Nov 22):
Post Cuts
– November 11, 2020
Online Auditions Open
– November 11, 2020
Online Auditions Close
– November 19, 2020 (midnight)
Jazz Ensemble Judging (online)
– November 21, 2020
Results Released
– November 22, 2020

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Audition Materials

Wind and Rhythm Etudes
No cut; play the entire entire

Drumset Etude
Stop at the solo section
(m61 or m62 depending on the book)

Improvisation Track
Click the download the improvisation track

Recording Window

The recording window is open from November 11-19 at 11:59pm.

  • Space out your auditions throughout the window.
  • DO NOT wait until the last day to record your students.

Disqualifications

Students will be DISQUALIFIED for the following reasons:

  1. If the recording includes any added effects. This includes, but is not limited to, reverb, auto-tuning, and/or any other sound enhancing effect.
  2. If the student speaks during the recording process.
  3. If the teacher speaks during the recording process.

NOTE: If the student takes longer than 5 second to begin recording their sight-reading once the prep period has expired, a score of “0” will be entered for that portion of the audition by each judge.

**If outside noises are heard during the recording, it will not lead to disqualification as long as the student’s audition can be heard by the judges for scoring. Outside noises include:

  • Students talking outside of the classroom
  • Intercom announcements
  • School bells
  • Other extraneous noises that cannot be stopped by the teacher prior to recording

Proctoring Recordings

Directors should proctor all auditions unless a student is sick, is quarantined, or is enrolled 100% virtually.

If a student falls into the three categories mentioned above, the director will send the student an audition link to complete the process at home. Students MUST have a computer to record their audition–it does not work on phones or tablets.

  1. Go the list of applications for your location.
  2. Select the student who needs to audition at home by checking the box to the left of their application.
  3. Click E-mail Audition Link to Selected.. located above the E-mail column.
  4. Write an email to your students
  5. Check your entries to ensure students have completed their auditions before the window closes.

Testing Equipment

  1. Test all of your equipment
  2. Test microphone/recording levels of each instrument
    • Mic placement and physical space will have a significant effect on sound quality
    • Recording location and equipment are up to each director 
    • Reference the Microphone Considerations put together by the All-State Band Committee for tips and ideas
  3. If possible, use a hard-wired internet connection so that WIFI connectivity issues do not interfere with the audition process
  4. Make sure to download the improvisation track to an external device (phone, tablet, etc.) to play during that portion of the audition

Audition Process for Winds and Rhythm Section

  1. Allow students to warm-up.
  2. Etude – record the etude by selecting Live Record next to the etude.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes playing the first etude, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  3. Sight-Reading – begin the sight-reading process by clicking Sight Read
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • The sight reading example will load on the screen and the 30 second preview timer will begin
    • The sight reading recording will also begin automatically
    • The student has 30 seconds to study the sight reading exercise
      • The student may not speak, sing, or play during the preview time
    • Once the 30 seconds ends, the student must immediately begin playing the exercise
    • Once the student finishes the sight-reading, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  4. Improvisation – begin the improvisation process by clicking Live Record
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Start the Improvisation Track on an external device for student to play along with during this portion
    • Once the student finishes playing, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording

Audition Process for Drum Set

  1. Allow students to warm-up.
  2. Etude – record the etude by selecting Live Record next to the etude.
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • Once the student finishes playing the first etude, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording
  3. Drum Set Styles – begin the sight-reading process by clicking Live Record
    • Click Perform and then Start Exercise
    • The student will play all styles in one recording
      • 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
    • Once the student finishes the set, click Finished Recording
    • The recording has successfully uploaded when a green checkmark shows next to the recording

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. 2
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
Count Bubba’s Revenge

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

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.

Kevin Couch, All-State Jazz Ensemble Chair

509 E Van Buren Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74011
(918) 346-3591
*Texts are accepted
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