The California Band Directors Association (CBDA) has been hosting All-State honor bands comprised of the states most talented student musicians for many years. This is an excellent opportunity for middle school and high school students to participate in some healthy competition! Participating in music competitions, honor bands, and conferences is not only an overall wonderful experience, but it looks extremely good on college applications as additional awards and merits.
The All-State band conference is hosted at a different location every year and includes Junior High and High School Concert and Jazz Bands. Students prepare selected audition pieces and submit recorded audio tracks to be reviewed by a panel of judges. It is smart to begin practicing and preparing the audition pieces now for the upcoming honor band season, as some of the pieces are fairly challenging. Please also note that in order for students to participate in the honor bands their school must be a member of CBDA and California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ). Please verify this with the band director if you are unsure!
Here are the important dates:
cbda Conference Dates:
February 11th-14, 2015
San Jose, CA
December 1st, 2015-- All forms and audition material must be submitted and/or postmarked by this date.
CLICK HERE for audition requirements, pieces, and other information.
In addition to the CBDA honor bands, the Northern California Band Association (NCBA) hosts several All-Northern honor bands. This is a great opportunity as well and only open to students currently living in Northern California. Auditions work in conjunction with CBDA and the audition material is exactly the same, so why not participate!
NCBA Audition Information:
CLICK HERE for audition information.
We are lucky to live in an area that seriously supports the arts and music. Taking advantage of these opportunities is essential to growing and improving as a student musician. Not only are these great musical opportunities, but it is always a fun experience meeting other great musicians and making new friends. Until next time!