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 20 accepted into Capital Section, 4 accepted into All-Northern, and 1 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 2013/2014!
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: