TMEA region 18 jazz

what to know before you go

[this info will be updated in May/June 2020]

sheet music and audio tracks

the 2019 TMEA All-State Audition Packet and the CD with drum and improv files are both available from music publishers like Pender’s Music, JWPepper (formerly RBC), and others. ask your band director for help or contact me at

basic info

date: Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
site: LBJ High School, 7309 Lazy Creek Dr., Austin, 78724
time: 4:30pm judges meeting and dinner
time: 5:00pm check-in
time: 5:30pm (approximate start time)
fee: $15 per entry – paid to your campus band program
deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 25 (late entries are assessed an additional $15)
(students may audition on more than one instrument – e.g. on tenor and bari sax, or bass and guitar, etc. – two entries=$30, three entries=$45)


-per region 18 band division policy, at least one director from each high school campus is required to judge the contest
-make checks out to “TMEA Region 18 Band Division”
-mailing address will be announced soon

audition guidelines

students will audition with like instruments for a panel of 5 judges. judges are behind a partition to preserve the anonymity of the students. the audition takes place in 4 rounds.

round one: each student performs Etude One (75 points possible)
round two: each student performs Etude Two (75 points possible)
round three: each student performs Etude Three (75 points possible)
round four: each student performs the Region Improv Etude, with a backing track (75 points possible)

more about the improvisation – there will be a stereo or playback device in the room – the play-along track will  play through the 12-bar blues changes a total of two times allowing the student to perform their own improvisation

drum set

you will play 4 rounds also, using a backing track for the first three rounds, and then playing the four styles by yourself for the fourth round.

what happens if i make a band?

congratulations! students who place in Jazz Band One (the top group), plus the drummer from Jazz Band Two, will be expected to return the following week on Wednesday, October 16 to record for the State Level Audition. you will perform the etudes again for the recording engineer, but this time you will do the State Improv Etude, which is called ‘C Minor Blues.’

you will sign up for a 10-minute time slot the night of the audition. time slots are from 5:00-8:30pm.



date: to be announced (late October or early November)
site: various high school sites will be used – to be announced in October after the audition
time: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Jazz Band Two sectionals (at various sites)
time: 7:00pm-8:30pm – Jazz Band One sectionals (at various sites)


date: Monday, November 18, 2019
site: Austin High School
time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
site: Austin High School
time: 9:00am-12:00pm


date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
site: Austin High School
time: 6:00pm call-time
time: 7:00pm concert begins with Jazz Band Two
attire: dress is formal (no tuxedos)



SAVE THE DATE! discussions are underway for a regional masterclass on Sunday, August 2nd, 2020