MOAJE will have a recognized All-State Jazz Band on paper at the very least and are still exploring other opportunities for those students selected to the All-State Jazz Band.We cannot guarantee an in-person event for this ensemble at this time as we do not have a venue or performance dates as of this writing.
We have been working with MBA on planning out ways for the State Jazz/Band auditions to be administered safely and within the timeframe needed for our unique circumstances this year. The Missouri All-State Jazz Band auditions will be submitted recordings. Your district auditions need to be concluded by Monday, February 1, 2021. State Jazz Band audition deadlines will be concluded on Monday, March 1, 2021. Jazz cuts will be announced 2 weeks prior to auditions. These dates have been selected for the second semester to hopefully improve students eligibility. If a school is ONLY virtual, they are not eligible for MSHSAA Sanctioned Events.
Recorded mp3 audition submissions will be going through the Festival Scores Audition Management System. This online system was built and maintained by former Kansas band director Troy Johnson. I recently went through the admin, judge, and director training this week and can speak how intuitive this system feels or our purposes because he was a band director and understands what we need it to do. The program is only $2 per completed audition which includes a thorough training for the district VP/event coordinator directly from the Troy. District jazz VP's should Contact him directly to schedule your training his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. This is his full-time job now so he responds very quickly to all requests. I can vouch from my training that this system will suit our All-State and All-District purposes explicitly.
This does change our All-State Jazz auditions slightly in the fact that there will NOT be sight reading, combined rhythm section callbacks, or callback auditions in any category. Every recorded State audition is a straight 'one and done'. Festival Scores makes everything easier in our remote situation that we will all be pioneering this year.
While we are not asking every MMEA district to hold their All-District band and jazz auditions through this platform, the All-State auditions will be held using this system. Please explore this really fantastic option. Always check our MOAJE Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/96677131303/, our Twitter @mo_aje and the website www.MOAJE.org for all other information and updates.
I was made aware of the recent MSHSAA ruling that made It possible for all virtual-only school districts to participate in sanctioned events like normal. The February 1 District and March 1 State auditions deadlines are still in place like previously stated.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Keep swingin', John
-- John Evans Brass and Jazz Director Webb City Cardinal Pride Bands email@example.com