Honor Band/All State Band Auditions
John A. Jeffres, Director of Bands Brian Westphal, Associate Director
Auditions for the GMEA District 12 Honor Band and the GMEA All-State Band will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 here at Dodgen Middle School! The two auditions are combined, and students may opt to try out for Honor Band, All-State Band, or both.
Honor Band: District Honor Band will take place on February 7-8, 2020 at Lovinggood Middle School. Students from all of Cobb County compete for seats in two bands that will have concentrated rehearsals with outstanding guest conductors, and put on a Sunday concert. The audition fee is $10.00.
All State Band: Students exceeding a certain score will pass to the final round of All-State auditions at Union Grove Middle School in McDonough, GA on Saturday, January 11, 2020. The highest performing students from the final audition earn spots in the Georgia All-State Band (and their picture on the Dodgen Wall of Fame)! Rehearsals and concert are March 5-7, 2020, in Athens, GA. Guest conductors are notable musicians from throughout the entire country. The audition fee is $25.00.
Students who sign up for either will be given the required scales and music, AND receive help in class to make sure they are preparing appropriately and making progress toward their final goal. Students should be aware that the material will be covered at school, but significant home practice will be necessary to prepare adequately. The improvement that students make while preparing for these auditions is the ultimate goal. In that sense, everyone is a winner!
Four Major Scales, played from memory
Chromatic Scale, played in a specific range for each instrument
Prepared etude (All-State Only, available from
Above scale and sight reading requirements on xylophone
Snare drum - four rudiments and sight reading
Timpani - Tuning test, two rudiments, and sight reading.
More detailed requirements and all audition materials will be provided after registration is complete.
Student's LAST name
Student's FIRST name
District Honor Band ($10.00)
All-State Band ($25.00)
I have checked my family schedule, and my child is currently available for all auditions, rehearsals, and performances for which we are registering.
Name of parent completing this form and granting permission for your child to participate.
Please note that all payments must be submitted in an official school payment envelope, clearly marked with the student's information and "Honor Band" on the appropriate line. One payment may be submitted for both auditions, since the money goes through the same account. Checks should be made out to Dodgen Middle School. This should be dropped into any of the black money collection boxes throughout the school.
Payment is due on August 30th, 2019, the same day as this registration form.
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