2021 All-State Jazz Band

All-State Jazz Band Conductor Bio

Ronald Carter - Distinguished Professor, UNC-Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC. Carter is former director of the world-renowned Northern Illinois University (NIU) Jazz Ensemble and former Director of Jazz Studies is continuing to educate students in jazz education and performance on university, high school and performing arts schools and campuses across the country, South America and Canada.

As an educator, Carter has presented workshops as guest conductor, artist, clinician, or adjudicator at Michigan State University, Georgia State University, Western Illinois University, University of Northern Colorado, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, Northern Illinois University, Hampton University, Loyola University, Coe College, Augustana College, Vander Cook College of Music, and Georgia State College, and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. He has performed, conducted and presented clinics at regional, national, and international conferences, and directed all-state jazz bands in Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky, Vermont, Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington, Oregon and Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Alabama. Carter conducted the Florida State University Tri - State All-Star Jazz Band in 2017.

Carter who worked 18 years in the East St. Louis School District as the former director of the Lincoln Senior High School Jazz Band, also performed professionally in the St. Louis metropolitan area as a freelance musician on saxophone, clarinet, flute, and as a vocalist. He co-directed the group Infiniti and performed with the legendary George Hudson Orchestra. Carter has also performed professionally with Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, The Jimmy Dorsey Band, Wallace Roney, The Temptations, The Dells, Oliver Lake, Hamiett Bluiett, Leon Thomas, Art Davis, Fareed Haque, Joseph Bowie, Frank Mantooth, Terell Stafford, Orbert Davis, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, and many others.

An abbreviated list of his honors and awards includes Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Educators Hall of Fame, The Woody Herman Music Award (Birch Creek Music Center), The 1991 Milken National Distinguished Educator Award, Southern Illinois University Excellence in Teaching Award, and the St. Louis American Newspaper’s Excellence in Teaching Award and Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees Professorship.

Recently accepted appointment as Felton J. Capel Distinguished Professor of Performing and Fine Arts UNC – Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC.

Carter’s projects includes former International Consultant for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York; former Lead Artist for the Jazz At Lincoln Center Band Director’s Academy; Co-Author for Alfred Publications “Swingin’ On The Bars”, and co-author of GIA Music Publications “Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz – Book I & II as well as a contributing author to the Beginning Jazz Ensemble Textbook.

Carter is currently an artist for Conn-Selmer Inc. and D’Addario Woodwinds –(Rico Reeds)

2021 ALL-STATE REGISTRATION & AUDITION DATES

August 16 - September 6: All-State registration for students open ($25 application fee).

September 7 - September 13: Late registration for All-State available ($45 application fee).

September 13 @ 11:59 PM CST: Registration closed, no more applications accepted.

September 15 - September 25 @ 11:59 PM CST: Website portal opens and closes for instrumental audition uploads.

October 18 @ 8:00 AM: All-State Selections announced.

2021 ALL-STATE JAZZ BAND REPERTOIRE

To be selected from the following:

TITLE COMPOSER/ARR.
Symphony In Riffs  Benny Carter
Dat Dere Bobby Timmons, arr. Erik Morales
Willow Weep For Me (Alto Sax Feature) Ann Ronell, arr. Kris Berg
It’s Oh So Nice (Piano & Trombone feature)  Sammy Nestico
A Night In Tunisia  Dizzy Gillespie, arr. Michael Mossman

 

AUDITION MATERIALS & MANUALS

Audition materials for the 2021 All-State Jazz Band are now available. Please click the link below to view the audition materials.

2021 All-State Jazz Band Audition Materials

Audition manuals are available to download by clicking the buttons below.

2021 Auditions Manual & General Info 
2021 Jazz Band Auditions Manual

AUDITION REGISTRATION 

Registration is now open for the 2021 All-State Jazz Band auditions. Please click on the link below to register you students for All-State auditions.  Select "2021 Nebraska All State."  You must be a current member of NMEA to log in. If you have not logged in before you will need to create an account using your NAfME credentials.

Register for All-State Auditions

Registration will be open from August 16 through September 6 with late registrations from September 7-13.

Please contact Rick Mitchell at [email protected] with any questions.

NMEA CONFERENCE & ALL-STATE COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

NMEA acknowledges and respects the diversity of situations existing in our state regarding COVID-19 protocols. Since the majority of our conference and all-state events will occur on UNL property and all events occur within the city of Lincoln, NMEA will follow UNL and Lancaster County guidelines for masking at the time of the conference. Currently Lancaster County has a mask mandate, meaning that the NMEA Conference and All-State would similarly require masking while indoors, including bell covers on wind instruments. This policy may change to reflect updated guidance from UNL and Lancaster County. Individuals who cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition, religious reasoning, or a disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering may seek an approved face covering exemption individually by contacting the NMEA board through: [email protected] by November 1, 2021. We have provided links to both the City of Lincoln and UNL's COVID-19 response pages on our quick links menu for you to view the latest information.