High School Jazz Band

High School Jazz Band

2020-21

SCKMEA In-Person mini-conventions are cancelled for 2020-21. Auditions and nominations for honor groups will be held online. Rosters will be published.
2020-21 SCKMEA Honor Group Waiver of Enrollment Requirement
For the 2020-2021 school year only, a student may audition (or be nominated) for an SCKMEA honor ensemble even if the student is unable to participate in their school's music program due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19. Any student in such a situation must work with their school's music teacher(s) to complete the necessary SCKMEA forms and procedures. By submitting a student's audition or nomination, a teacher verifies that the student is or has previously been a member of their school's music program in good standing.

2020-21 SCKMEA High School Honor Groups to use Recorded Auditions
SCKMEA will use online recorded auditions for all high school honor groups for the 2020-21 school year. Additional information, including audition materials for each ensemble, will be further specified as chairs complete their plans.
Audition Registration
Official registration is located in the KMEA Members website, linked in the Registration tab above. This is the same site used for registration last year. Festival Scores will be used only to replace the in-person audition and judging activities. Audition event tags are posted at the bottom of this page.

Festival Scores information video
Directors should watch this short video to become familiar with the Festival Scores audition system.
Fees, and Deadlines
Use the KMEA Members website to register your students (members.ksmea.org).
Invoices can be generated on the SCKMEA website (sckmea.org/?section=invoice).
Sep. 23 - District Jazz Auditions Registration Due ($8 per student)
Sep. 30 - District Jazz Auditions Late Registration deadline #1 ($33 per student)
Oct. 16 - District Jazz Auditions Late Registration deadline #2 ($58 per student)
Oct. 16 - Audition upload deadline. Late uploads are not possible.

Participation Eligibility Requirements
There are two requirements for a student to be eligible to audition for SCKMEA District Jazz Band membership:
  1. The student's director will register each audition onlineand send the Audition payment to the SCKMEA Executive Director. These must be completed by the deadline established by SCKMEA.
  2. The student must be deemed an eligible freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing in their high school.

Music Requirements for the Live Audition

For all instruments except drumset: A New Approach to Jazz Improvisation, Volume 13, Cannonball Adderley, by Jamey Aebersold, 1211 Aebersold Drive, New Albany, IN 47150.

For drumset: Ultimate Drumset Reading Anthology, by Steve Houghton (Alfred Publications) All auditions will be performed with accompaniment play along recordings.

Horn Auditions
  1. Chromatic scale, using quarter notes at the metronome marking of 120 beats per minute. Students are to slur up and tongue down the full range of the instrument.
  2. "Unit 7" - Play melody one time through.
  3. "Work Song" - Play the melody twice through.
  4. Optional Improvisation on "Work Song" - After playing the melody twice through, continue for two full improvised choruses. This effort is optional, but highly encouraged.
  5. Sightreading
Optional Lead Trumpet Audition (in addition to above material)
  1. Play a one-octave F major scale ascending in quarter notes at quarter note equals MM 80, starting on the top line of the staff.
  2. Play provided lead trumpet part (Download)

Optional Bass Trombone Audition (in addition to above material)
  1. Play a one-octave B-flat major scale, descending in quarter notes at quarter note equals MM 80, starting on second-line B-flat.
  2. Play provided bass trombone part (Download)

Rhythm Section Auditions

Piano
  1. "Unit 7" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums) of the stereo play along recording, play one chorus of right-hand melody with left-hand accompaniment, followed by one chorus of two-handed chordal accompaniment.
  2. "Work Song" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play two choruses of the right-handed melody with an appropriate left-hand chordal accompaniment. Optional: Continue for two more choruses of improvisation.
  3. Sightreading

Guitar
  1. "Unit 7" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play the melody for one chorus, followed by one chorus of appropriate chordal accompaniment.
  2. "Work Song" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play a chordal accompaniment for two choruses. Start at the beginning of the track again; this time using left and right channels; play the melody twice through. Optional: Continue for two more choruses of improvisation.
  3. Sightreading
Bass
  1. "Unit 7" - Using only the right channel (piano & drums), play the melody for one chorus followed by an appropriate bass line for one chorus.
  2. "Work Song" - Using the right channel only (piano & drums), play two times through the melody then two choruses of a bass line (appropriate to accompany the melody). Optional: Continue for two choruses with an improvised solo.
  3. Sightreading
Drums
Play the following with the accompaniment CD (turn the drum channel off).
  1. "Basie, Straight Ahead" - Play from the beginning to letter F.
  2. "I'll Never Smile Again" - Play from the beginning through measure 34.
  3. "Rio Rhythm" - Play the first 32 measures.
  4. "Fall Leaves" - Play the first 32 measures.
  5. "Voyage Home" - Play from the beginning through the first ending.
  6. Sightreading

Festival Scores - Audition Event Tags

Directors, you will need to activate the following Event Tags in your Festival Scores Director account in order to upload audition entries. Auditions are divided by classification. Be sure to upload files to the proper audition event.

Audition EventEvent Tag
1234A Jazz Winds PPNRDLJ
1234A Jazz Piano, Guitar, and Bass TMM73DW
1234A Jazz Drums FT6CXKL
56A Jazz Winds CHLZ4DL
56A Jazz Piano, Guitar, and Bass KK6F7SX
56A Jazz Drums NX45Y7N
 
Chairperson
Ben Jervis

Important Dates - HS Jazz Band
Sep. 14, 2020 - Mon
HS Directors training meetings via Zoom
Sep. 14-17 @ 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Honor Group meetings/training for teachers to be led by chairs. Different days are offered to accommodate teachers who teach in multiple areas.
Sep. 23, 2020 - Wed
Audition Registration deadline — HS Jazz
Sep. 30, 2020 - Wed
Audition registration - Late deadline #1 — HS Jazz
Oct. 5, 2020 - Mon
HS Jazz Audition upload window opens
Oct. 7, 2020 - Wed
Audition registration - Late deadline #3 — HS Jazz
Oct. 16, 2020 - Fri
Audition registration deadline - Late deadline #2 — HS Jazz
Oct. 16, 2020 - Fri
HS Jazz Band Auditions Upload deadline
Oct. 19, 2020 - Mon
HS Jazz Judging window opens
Oct. 25, 2020 - Sun
HS Jazz Judging window closes
Oct. 28, 2020 - Wed
HS Jazz Band roster to be posted
Nov. 7, 2020 - Sat
MS Band, MS Choir, HS Jazz performances
Cancelled
Location TBA
In-person festivals are cancelled for 2020-21

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