It's that time of year again. Not only is school beginning to get busy, but audition material is out for the Junior High and High School All-State honor bands. This is a great opportunity for advancing students looking to participate in advanced level wind ensembles, vocal jazz, and concert and jazz bands. Through a recorded audition process, the most qualified students are chosen from all over California to participate in the four day long music conference. This is a great opportunity to participate in an extracurricular band and a chance for students to experience the audition process. In addition to the ensembles being comprised of the best student musicians in the state, this is a social experience for kids to gain inspiration from and to make friends while doing so. Inspirational events like this help kids push themselves to be greater! Audition material for this year's All-State Honor Bands can be found HERE. This year's deadline for audition submissions is December 1st and must be made through your school. The 2018 CBDA Conference will be held from February 15th-18th in San Jose, CA. There are MANY great players throughout the state so you better get to practicing!
Below is a video from last year's All-State Junior High Jazz Ensemble. The featured saxophone soloist is Daiki Nakajima, a former student of mine.
In addition to the All-State Honor Bands, there are other opportunities to play in advanced bands year-round (especially jazz) like the big bands at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. I have several students participating in these bands and I always get excellent feedback. Furthermore, great local music educators direct these programs! Big bands for Middle School and High School are available for enrollment for each semester as well as other classes like jazz improvisation. Bands include the Giant Steps North and Giant Steps South Big Band (North Peninsula and South Peninsula) and the Miles Ahead High School Big Band. Not only is the music challenging and the solo opportunities excellent, but this year-round program is a great opportunity for students to make friends in the area that are also involved in the music community. CLICK HERE for more information.