One of the great opportunities that we have by being members of the Emerald Brigade is the chance to audition for High School Honor Bands throughout the state of California.
Now is the best time to start preparing for Honor Band auditions in the Fall (before marching season gets too hectic!). The music is usually tough and typically requires several months of preparation and practice before making a recording in November. The biggest mistake that students make is deciding to submit an audition CD for honor bands two weeks before they’re due! Now’s the time to start!
If you don’t have a private teacher, consider signing up for one to get you started on the right foot by focusing on the scales and solo piece in preparation for your recordings. Checkout the instructor list here.
Last year’s results were great for the Emerald Brigade! We had 16 accepted into Capital Section, 4 accepted into All-Northern, and 4 accepted into All-State Honor Band.
Currently, the CBDA (California Band Director’s Association) website has all of the scale and solo requirements listed by instrument. This “all-state” set of music requirements is identical for All-State and All-Northern honor band audition CD’s. However, Capital Section Honor Band requires a smaller subsection of the solo piece and scales. These Capital Section Honor Band requirements are communicated to our Band Director in late September. So, if you work on preparing the entire set of scales and solo works as laid out by CBDA now, you should be prepared for your Capital Section Honor Band audition CD as well.
Sidenote: the Capitol Section scales and solo piece are required recordings for seating auditions in the Emerald Brigade concert band; usually due around the same time as the honor band audition cd’s/tapes. These recordings also count towards your grade in the class.
I’ll be filling you in on more details as we get closer to the deadline so stay tuned!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or comments.
Here’s to a successful Honor Band season in 2012/2013!
Honor Band Coordinator
e-mail: Anna Davidson
Honor Band Websites:
http://www.cmea-cs.org/ = Capital Section Honor Band
http://ncbaonline.org/ = All-Northern Honor Band
http://cbda.org/ = All-State Honor Band
2013 Calendar (per websites):
How the Honor Band process works:
Recording: You set up a recording solution that works best for you. All-State Honor Band and All-Northern Honor Band only accept CD’s. Capital Section Honor Band accepts cassette tapes as well. If you do not have a recording solution at home, please contact Ms. K for help or ask one of your classmates.
The recording requirements are identical for All-State and All-Northern. Cap Section is a subset of the same music and sometimes requires voice introduction on the recording which is different than All-State and All-Northern. you can review the recording instructions on each website.
Finalize all of your audition CD’s, fill out all forms (separate for each honor group off of separate websites), and write a check to the EBSO for the sum of all of your auditions. Typically, each honor band that you choose to audition for charges anywhere from $35 - $45. Cap Section typically offers a portion to be refunded if the student does not make it in. All-State and All-Northern are non-refundable. Please see Ms. K for financial assistance if needed.
Turn in all forms and check to Ms. K by Monday, *November 14th . I will take them all to Mr. McGuire for his signature in one group. Recordings (CD’s or cassettes) will be due the first day back from Thanksgiving break on Monday, Nov. 28th. *Due to WBA Competition before Thanksgiving break, I'm asking for the forms and money to be turned in earlier that week.
We mail in the final envelopes that are due postmarked by December 1st with a prayer and a song!
Results are usually made available either through Ms. K, on-line, or by direct mailings to your home address within 3 weeks to 2 months depending on the timing of the venue.