State Honor Jazz Bands

The 2021-22 MBDA 7-8 and 9-10 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 Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 at Anoka Ramsey Community College, and conclude with an informal performance for family and friends at 5pm. The bands will also perform the morning of Friday, February 18th, 2022 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 directors who are current, paid members of MBDA at the time of audition 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 will be submitted via mp3 recording. The window for submitting auditions is Oct. 28 - Nov. 5, 2021. 

Audition materials are found in directors' member area of the website.

Please direct questions about the jazz bands to