2019 All-State Band


Colonel Jason Fettig is the 28th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He joined in 1997 as a clarinetist and soon became a frequently featured soloist with both the band and the Marine Chamber Orchestra. After serving four years in the organization, he was select¬ed as an Assistant Director, and he conducted his first concert with the Marine Band Aug. 1, 2001. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in July 2002, promot¬ed to captain in August 2003, and became the band’s Executive Officer the following year. He was promot¬ed to major in August 2007 and to lieutenant colonel in July 2014, one week before assuming leadership of “The President’s Own.” He was promoted to his present rank in August 2017 in the Roosevelt Room by President Donald J. Trump. He is the third Director of “The President’s Own” to be promoted to colonel in a White House ceremony.
As Director, Col. Fettig is the music adviser to the White House and regularly conducts the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the Execu¬tive Mansion and at all Presidential Inaugurations. He also serves as music director of Washington, D.C.’s historic Gridiron Club, a position held by ev¬ery Marine Band Director since John Philip Sousa. In his first years as Director, Col. Fettig has led the band for numerous major national events both at the White House and throughout the country. He conducted national broadcast performances for the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, a special Veterans Day performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, and an appearance on the David Letterman Show at the invitation of Michelle Obama in New York. He leads frequent concerts throughout the Washington, D.C., area and across the country during the band’s annual national tour. Live performances by the Marine Band under his direction are often heard on National Public Radio. Col. Fettig is a fervent advocate for both traditional and contemporary American music and remains dedicated to the ongoing development of music for wind band. In recent years, he has conducted world premières of substantial new works by James Stephenson, Jacob Bancks, David Rakowski, Adam Schoenberg, David Conte, and Narong Prangcharoen.
Throughout his career with the Marine Band, Col. Fettig has been deeply committed to music education and has taken an active role in the evolution and expansion of the many educational initiatives of “The Presi¬dent’s Own.” In addition to helping refine the Music in the Schools and Music in the High Schools programs, he has made it a priority to maintain a significant presence in schools throughout the nation during the band’s national concert tours. He also began an interactive and theatrical Young People’s Concert series in 2006 and authored, hosted, and conducted this popular annual event until 2015. In 2014, shortly after assuming com¬mand of the Marine Band, Col. Fettig launched an ambitious project to re-record all of the marches of John Philip Sousa and provide free performance and educational materials online to schools throughout the world.
Col. Fettig is a 1993 graduate of Manchester Central High School in New Hampshire and holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) in both clarinet performance (1997) and music education with an emphasis in conducting (1998). In 2005, he earned a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) where he served as assistant conductor for two productions of the Maryland Opera Studio. He studied clarinet with Michael Sussman and David Martins, and his principal conducting teachers were Malcolm W. Rowell and James Ross. Additionally, Col. Fettig has par-ticipated in workshops with several renowned conductors including Osmo Vänskä and Otto Werner Mueller.
Col. Fettig has represented the Marine Band on numerous occasions as a soloist, adjudicator, and clini¬cian, and regularly conducts both concert bands and orchestras for all-state and honor festivals. In 2014, he was elected as a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

2019 Repertoire for the Band 

University of Nebraska March            Sousa 
 Fanfare Hymn and Finale Boyer
Song for Silent Voices                        Oquin
Sketches on a Tudor Psalm Tull
Esprit de Corps                                  Jager


Audition Information:

Audition Region Lookup Guide

19  Registration for All-State Auditions, through September 9, $20

10 Late Registration for All-State auditions through September 16, $40
18  Instrumental audition window opens at 8:00 AM; closes September 28  at 11:59 PM


All-State Winds and Percussion Audition requirements and procedures have changed.  Please look carefully to be sure you have all of the necessary information and read all instructions and information completely.  If you have any questions at that point, please contact Band Affairs Director Matt Rom at mrom@epsne.org.  Look in your July issue of the Nebraska Music Educator Magazine for a full explanation and benefits of the new audition materials!

  1. All-State Etudes Document ** (click to download) **Version 4, revised and reposted on 5-22-2019.
    We have discovered that certain editions of the Arban bass clef book (used for the BARITONE auditions) have an error on the lyrical etude. After the Bb half note on measure 16, there should be a backwards repeat sign.  If you want to double check, this should make the Baritone etude identical to the version printed in the trumpet book.
  2. Sight Reading Component Guidelines (click to download)

  3. All-State Scale Sheets (click the name of each instrument to download) 
    Bass Clarinet 
    Clarinet in Bb 
    Horn in F 
    Trombone-Euphonium BC 

  4. Sight Reading Sample Exercises (click the name of each instrument to download)
    Bass Clarinet 

The Piano audition will consist of playing excerpts from the All-State music. 

All-State Piano Excerpts (One audition for both Orchestra and Band) - Posted 8/30/2019 
     Piano Excerpt 1 
     Piano Excerpt 2

All-State Audition Manuals

All-State General Info Manual - NMEA Members: Be sure to download and read this manual for general information about the auditions process and completing student applications.

All-State Wind/Percussion Audition Manual - NMEA MEMBERS: This manual is required reading for the audition and All-State Clinic process. Please download and read thoroughly.  Posted 8/30/2019

2019 Band Excerpts

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
alto_sax_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (211.81 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
Bari_Sax_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (111.68 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
bass_clarinet_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (169.92 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
bass_trombone_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (101.33 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
bassoon_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (181.01 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
Bb_Clarinet_Excerpts_2019.pdf PDF (192.23 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
Eb_Clarinet_Excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (139.51 KB) Administration 9/3/2019
Euphonium TC Excerpts 2019 PDF (139.29 KB) Administration 9/3/2019
Euphonium_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (145.28 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
flute_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (216.82 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
horn_excerpts_2019.pdf PDF (189.95 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
Oboe_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (193.78 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
Percussion_exerpt.pdf PDF (103.95 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
piccolo_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (234.33 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
soprano_sax_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (101.69 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
tenor_sax_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (129.59 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
Trombone_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (171.53 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
trumpet_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (132.74 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
tuba_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (178.02 KB) Administration 8/29/2019