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Honor Jazz Band Workshop

Honor jazz band performance
Honor jazz band performance

April 5-6, 2019

High school students from South Dakota are invited to participate in the first SDSU Honor Jazz Band Workshop, to be held at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University on April 5-6, 2019. The Honor Jazz Band Workshop’s mission is to provide a training environment for students wanting to learn improvisation skills, jazz ensemble playing, and/or prepare for South Dakota All-State Jazz Band. 

Workshops Include:

Workshops with SDSU School of Performing Arts faculty  

Expert strategies and tips in jazz ensemble playing

Rehearsals and concert in the newly expanded performing arts facility  

Open to the following instrumentation:

Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophone 







Auxiliary Percussion 

There is no application fee. Students selected will be charged a $25 participation fee. 

Students can apply with director nomination.

Nominations are done electronically using THIS LINK

Director Nominations due by: January 14, 2019

Audition Recordings due by: March 1, 2019  

Audition Recordings are submitted via dropbox. A link will be provided to nominated students.

Audition Requirements:

Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Vibes

      1. Any two major scales played with swung eighth notes

      2. A 30 second excerpt of a jazz standard or melody from a big band chart.

Piano and Guitar

  • A 45 second excerpt of a jazz standard or melody from a big band chart with comping.   


  • A 30 second excerpt of walking bass line over a jazz standard or melody from a big band chart.


  • Demonstration of swing, Latin, and funk feels (10-20 seconds each) 


Optional Requirement: Students who wish to be considered for a solo chair are to record themselves improvising for 1-2 choruses over a jazz standard with a backing track.