MBDA Honors Jazz Audition Information

The 2017-2018 MBDA State Jazz Honor Bands are an opportunity for talented young musicians from across Minnesota to join together in the performance of quality jazz ensemble literature.

The bands will rehearse 10am - 5pm on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at McNally Smith College of Music, 19 E Exchange St, St Paul, MN, and conclude with an informal performance for family and friends at 5pm. The bands will also perform the morning of Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center as a part of the MMEA Midwinter Clinic. Please have students and families check their calendars BEFORE submitting auditions to ensure that both of these dates are available, as attendance at all events is mandatory.

Eligible students are in grades 7-10, must be involved in their MN school band and jazz band program during the year of audition, and have MN directors who are current (paid) members of MBDA at the time of submission. Students are selected based on top audition results, but it is also the intent of MBDA to represent as many schools across Minnesota as possible each year.

All student auditions must be submitted via mp3 recording.
The window for submitting auditions is Oct. 27 - Nov. 6.

Notification of acceptance and music will be sent to directors by mid December 2017. If selected for the MBDA Jazz Honor Bands, students will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and activities on January 21st and February 23rd, 2018. A participation fee of $65.00 per student will cover expenses and the cost of lunch at the Sunday rehearsal. Parents are responsible for transportation, lodging, and supervision at all other times during the Honor Band rehearsals and pre- and post-performance.

AUDITION PROCESS

Audition etudes, scales, and backing tracks for improvisation can be accessed by your band director on the MBDA website. Note - Directors must be current, paid members to access this info.

When preparing to record the audition:
- Please do NOT record all audition materials together in one track. Use separate tracks for each element.
- Each particular scale and etude must be recorded in one take, not edited and spliced together.

Record the audition in the following order:
1. Record the scales for your instrument - one track per scale.
2. Perform the two etudes for your instrument (Drums – two etudes and three styles. Bass- two etudes).
3. OPTIONAL: Record the improvisation etude with the accompaniment, available on the MBDA website. Improvisation skill score may be used to determine solo(s) for the performance or used in the event of a tied score. There is no improvisation track for bass and drums.

See the audition rubric on the MBDA website for more specific details about scoring auditions.

To complete the audition process, please check with your student that they have:
1. Filled out the Audition Form
2. Provided fee of $10 payable to MBDA by check or online via MBDA website

Student audition recordings must be completed by 8:00 pm on Monday, November 6, 2017.

* Required

Information to be filled out by the Band Director

These students have demonstrated outstanding conduct and musical ability, and we recommend them for membership in the 2017-18 MBDA Jazz Honor Band. *

The check in the box below acts as the authorizing signatures for student eligibility. This signature verifies that I am currently a member of MBDA and this is a MN student that I currently teach in my band program in MN. To the best of my knowledge the audition recordings have not been altered in any way. Please bring the paper copy of these signatures to the January and February events.

 Band Director's Signature
 School Principal's Signature

Student #1



Instrument   Grade  

Completed audition components *

participation information, music for the event, etc.

 Online student application form complete

 MP3 audition recorded and uploaded

 Paid $10 application fee online

 Paid $10 application fee by check to director



Student #2



Instrument   Grade  

Completed audition components *

participation information, music for the event, etc.

 Online student application form complete

 MP3 audition recorded and uploaded

 Paid $10 application fee online

 Paid $10 application fee by check to director



Student #3



Instrument   Grade  

Completed audition components *

participation information, music for the event, etc.

 Online student application form complete

 MP3 audition recorded and uploaded

 Paid $10 application fee online

 Paid $10 application fee by check to director



Student #4



Instrument   Grade  

Completed audition components *

participation information, music for the event, etc.

 Online student application form complete

 MP3 audition recorded and uploaded

 Paid $10 application fee online

 Paid $10 application fee by check to director



Student #5



Instrument   Grade  

Completed audition components *

participation information, music for the event, etc.

 Online student application form complete

 MP3 audition recorded and uploaded

 Paid $10 application fee online

 Paid $10 application fee by check to director



For additional students, please submit this form again

Final Information

Final checklist *

 I verify that my teaching school, school address, e-mail, and phone number are current for the 2017-18 school year on this form and on the MBDA website.

 I verify that I checked for the accuracy of all of the tracks (scales & etudes) that were recorded for each of my students.

 I understand that any incomplete/inaccurate auditions will be disqualified.

School