All County Jazz Band Director Letter

Dear Band Directors,

We are pleased to announce the 27th Annual Westchester All-County Jazz Festival.  I’m so pleased to take over as Festival Coordinator this year and as such Mamaroneck School District will become the new host site for All County Jazz.

Students with jazz experience are encouraged to audition.  Provided enough students participate, we should have 2 Bands, an A and a B Band. Each will be comprised of the typical instrumentation of: 5 saxophones (2 alto, 2 tenor, 1 bari), 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and 1 each piano, guitar, bass (electric or acoustic), and drum set.

The 2017 festival will once again feature a performance by the Westchester All-County High School Jazz Ensemble A and B bands, and will also include performances by 1 area high school jazz band and a performance by one middle school jazz band.  CD, DVD or Youtube video should be submitted for committee review by January 30th 2017.

 

In order to avoid conflicts with the 6:30pm rehearsal times, band directors, students, and their parents must agree that students will not be committed to in-school or out-of-school events on the rehearsal dates.

All-County Jazz Auditions, Rehearsals & Concert will be held at

Hommocks Middle School
130 Hommocks Road
Larchmont, NY 10538

Auditions
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Hommocks Middle School (North Wing)
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
(Snow Date Mon, Jan. 9, 3:30 – 7:30 PM)

Rehearsal #1
Wednesday, Feb. 8th 2017
Hommocks Middle School (East Wing) 6:30 – 9:30 PM
(Snow Date Thurs., Feb. 9th)

Rehearsal #2
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Hommocks Middle School (East Wing) 6:30 – 9:30 PM
(Snow Date Wed. March 22nd)

Rehearsal #3
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Hommocks Middle School (East Wing) 6:30 – 9:30 PM
(Snow Date Thurs., March 23)

 

Senior High All-County Jazz Concert:
Friday, March 24th, 2017
Hommocks Middle School
8:00 p.m.

Open Clinic for students: 6:30-7:30
(Snow Date: Monday, March 27th)

 

Please also print out the: Student Information Sheet and Student Application. These materials should be copied and given to interested students. The following WCSMA regulations will be adhered to:

  1. 1.         Students in grades 9-12 and members in good standing in their school band are eligible to participate.
  2. 2.         The school music teacher must be a member of WCSMA and is responsible for signing and submitting all applications.
  3. 3.         Students already selected for Conference All-State Jazz Ensemble are NOT automatically selected for the All-County Ensemble. They must fill out the Student Application               AND AUDITION for placement.
  4. 4.         Solos should be selected from volume XXXI of the NYSSMA Manual or selected solos for the audition. See student information sheet for the specifics.
  5. 5.         If selected, students must attend all rehearsals/performances and agree that they will not be committed to other events on the rehearsal dates. Failure to comply will result in removal from the festival. (Please note the snow dates as well.) No exceptions.
  6. 6.         All student applications must be postmarked by December 16th , 2016.

If your high school OR Middle School jazz band wishes to perform in the concert, you must submit TWO SELECTIONS, recorded by your ensemble this school year (CD or DVD). ONE of the two selections must be in a SWING style. The other selection can be in a style of your choice.

This tape/CD must be postmarked by January 30th, 2017 and will be reviewed by a non-partisan committee. Only 1 Middle School Jazz Band and 1 High School Jazz band will be invited to perform in the concert.

James P. Mullen, Festival Coordinator
Hommocks Middle School
130 Hommocks Rd. Larchmont, NY 10538

Contact me at School by phone: 914-220-3300; Ext 5297
School Email: jmullen@mamkschools.org

 

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