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High School Jazz Band All-State Festival

The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a high school level Jazz Band. This ensemble includes saxes, trumpets, trombones, and rhythm sections. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State Jazz Band are the top performers in Nevada. High school students audition from all corners of Nevada to earn a spot in the ensemble.  

2024 Nevada All-State High School Jazz
Festival and Conference Information

HS Jazz All-State Festival Schedule and More

​Schedules for this All-State Festival are below. All schedules are subject to change and will be sent out to the ensemble chairs or NMEA. For more information on the Nevada All-State Festivals and Conferences go to the All-State home page for more detailed information. Contact your All-State Ensemble chair for any questions or concerns you may have.

All-State Festival Directors Checklist 

All directors are responsible for the following items for All-State Festival and Conference. Go to the All-State Festival Homepage for more details on the Festival and Conference. If you have any questions or concerns contact your Ensemble Chair. 

Forms and Fees are due January 19, 2024. 

  1. Pay for Director and Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 

  2. Ensure that each student completes the All-State Student Participation Form

  3. Directors Form (Google Form)

  4. Chaperones Form (Google Form)

  5. 2024 Reno All-State Book Hotel Room Information 

2024 All-State Festival Payments

Payment Options - These are the 2 payment options found in the web store. 

  1. Pay with a Credit Card- follow the prompts and put in your card information, as well as billing address information if needed. Be sure all is accurate. 

  2. Manual Payment (school check) follow the prompts in the webstore and select the manual payment method to pay by check and generate an invoice. 

  • If you have questions or would like to verify payment contact David Morris, the State Executive, at stateexec@nmeamusic.org

  • Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association.

2024 Nevada All-State High School Jazz Conductor

Jazz
2024 Conductor
James Burton III
Director of Jazz Education
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Associate Professor at Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music

Trombonist, composer, and arranger James Burton III has lent his sound to multiple Grammy Award-winning albums and Tony Award-winning Broadway productions. Born in Queens, now a resident of Harlem, Burton III is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Jackie McLean Institute at the Hartt School of Music. While earning his Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, Burton held both the Morse and Gluck Fellowships and received the Schuman Prize, an award named for Juilliard’s founding president and given to one graduating Master's Degree candidate annually.

Burton got his professional start playing with many of the great large ensembles; the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, the Lincoln Center and Vanguard Jazz Orchestras, etc. Additionally, the opportunity to perform/record with legends Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Ron Carter, and Christian McBride inspired Burton to co-found a 10-piece ensemble called the Uptown Jazz Tentet, which celebrated the release of a second album in late 2020, to much critical acclaim. Currently, Burton’s playing and original compositions can be heard alongside bandmates Jeremy Pelt and Wayne Escoffery in a dynamic new ensemble; Black Art Jazz Collective. BAJC has released three albums since its inception, the latest two reaching the #1 position on the JazzWeek Charts for international radio play.

In the model of jazz education pioneer Jackie McLean, Burton is an avid educator and has been a full-time associate professor at both the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as well as Director of Jazz Education at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Burton continues to pass on the legacy of the music via master classes, ensemble coachings, and workshops for arts education institutions across the globe.

2024 Nevada High School Jazz
All-State Audition Information

2024 All-State Audition Student Information 

Students see your music director for more information on the audition process.  All-State Audition and/or Participation fees will be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information on audition fees and audition registration.  Students and parents, please contact your school music or ensemble director with any questions you might have about your student's auditions. 

2024 All-State Audition Director Information 

Directors, All-State Ensemble Auditions information as well as forms can be found below. The All-State results will be available no later than December 2, 2023. Please contact your All-State Chairpersons for any questions or help. 

​High School All-State Jazz Audition Links 
Important Dates

Registration Deadline - Saturday, October 28, 2023

Audition Schedule will be posted by November 6, 2023

Audition Dates

  • November 13th Las Vegas Academy

  • November 13th Carson H.S. - Carson City

  • November 14th Sparks H.S. - Sparks

  • November 15th Elko H.S. - Elko

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