Auditions

Audition Information – READ THIS FIRST

How not to get DISQUALIFIED…

The following are reasons CBDA will disqualify an audition while judging for the All-State Honor Groups:

  1. Talking or coaching is heard during the recording
  2. Digitally altering a recording (ex: the use of auto-tuning, etc.)
  3. Wrong solo or excerpt is played
  4. Wrong scales are played
  5. Solo is missing sections requested
  6. A metronome is heard during the scales or solo
  7. Track/Recording Blank

CBDA is not looking to disqualify any applicant, but each must follow these guidelines.  Last year we saw an overwhelming number of applicants be disqualified over these 7 reasons.

Please double-check that you are following CBDA’s required excerpts and scales for the current year.  Some solos have changed from the past rotation.


Please select the scales and materials for the group you will be auditioning for from below.

HIGH SCHOOL BAND

2023 CBDA High School All-State Honor Band Etude List

High School Scales

JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND

2023 CBDA Junior High/Middle School Honor Band Etude List

Junior High/Middle School Scales

Errata for HS and JH/MS

If you have an addition to add to this list, please contact Susan Willmering


Director Instructions

Recording Instructions

Additional Information

California currently offers the opportunity to audition and participate in 16 All-State ensembles.  Collaboratively, CBDACODA, and CAJ offer two junior high (Grades 7-8) All-State Honor String Orchestras, two junior high (Grades 7-8) All-State Honor Bands, a junior high (Grades 7-8) All-State Jazz Band, 3 high school (Grades 9-12) All-State Honor Bands, a high school (Grades 9-12) All-State Jazz Band, a high school (grades 9-12) All-State Honor String Orchestra, and a high school (Grades 9-12) All-State Honor Full Orchestra.  CAJ also offers a high school (Grades 9-12) All-State Jazz Choir.  CCDA offers four All-State ChoirsNEW for 2023, CBDA is presenting the first annual “Small Schools Band”. This ensemble will also be premiering a NEW piece as part of the Social Justice Consortium! 

All of these ensembles will participate in the California All-State Music Education Conference in February 2023.

CBDA administers Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion for the All-State Band and Orchestra Auditions

The All-State High School Orchestras rehearsals and performances take place during the same time as the All-State High School Honor Bands. All Woodwind, brass and percussion students submitting auditions will be asked to choose from three options.

Option 1: “I am auditioning for either All-State Honor Band or the All-State Honor Orchestra.”

Option 2: “I am only auditioning for All-State Honor Band.”

Option 3: “I am only auditioning for All-State Honor Orchestra.”

Saxophone and euphonium auditions are considered for band only. There are no winds and percussion in the All-State Junior High Orchestras.  

All string players audition by going to www.codaorchestras.org and following the instructions on that website.

Health and Safety

CASMEC 2022 Health and Safety Protocols
We will be following the current Fresno County Department of Public Health and Fresno Convention Center Guidelines (12/15/2021).

  • All attendees, presenters, exhibitors, guest performing ensembles, and concert attendees must show proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID-19 test, no more than 1 day for an antigen test or 2 days for a PCR test prior to entry to the event. Since CASMEC is a multi-day event, those showing a negative test may have to provide a negative test daily depending on the test type.
  • Attendees age 18 and over must provide identification to validate their vaccination record or proof of negative test. Acceptable identification is any document that includes the name of the person and photograph.
  • Masks must be worn inside by every participant/staff member of the conference regardless of vaccination status
  • All-State students and personnel are required to be vaccinated and masked inside any building at all times. The vaccination is required unless an exemption was applied for at the time of audition submission and granted by the review committee.
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COVID-19 UPDATE  Notice from the Fresno Convention Center:  Updated December 15, 2021

The health, safety and security of our Guests, Performers, Athletes, Clients, and Associates remains our highest priority. For Indoor Conventions/Conferences/Expos/Sporting Events and Concerts of 1,000 or more, the current Requirements, as mandated by the State of California Health Department, are as follows for attendees age 3 or older must provide proof that they:

  • Are fully vaccinated, or
  • Have received a negative COVID-19 test, no more than 1 day for an antigen test or 2 days for a PCR test prior to entry to the event.
  • Attendees cannot self-attest to verify vaccination status or a negative test result.
  • Attendees age 18 and over must provide identification to validate their vaccination record or proof of negative test. Acceptable identification is any document that includes the name of the person and photograph.
  • The Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center attendees over the age of 2 must utilize masks while in the venue.