2019 All-State Band


Due to unexpected service obligations, Col. Jason Fetting will be unable to conduct the 2019 All-State Band.  In his stead, the Assistant Director of the President's Own United States Marine Band, Capt. Ryan Nowlin, will be fulfilling the All-State Band conductor duties.

Assistant Director Captain Ryan J. Nowlin joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2010 as a staff arranger. He was appointed Assistant Director and commissioned a first lieutenant in July 2014. Capt. Nowlin was promoted to his current rank in July 2016 and was appointed Executive Officer and Senior Assistant Director in May 2018.

With “The President’s Own,” Capt. Nowlin has arranged and composed a variety of selections for the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, brass quintet, and various other small ensembles. His music has been performed in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, across the country during the band’s annual concert tour, at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and at the National Association for Music Education’s Music Education Week in Baltimore. His brass choir and band arrangements of “Let Freedom Ring,” have been performed at the White House and The Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. As an arranger for the Marine Band, Capt. Nowlin has created original arrangements of “America” and the National Anthem for performance at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, which was featured on the 2013 Marine Band recording, From the Keyboard. Most recently, Capt. Nowlin’s transcription of David Conte’s A Copland Portrait was selected for the 2016 Marine Band Recording, Picture Studies and his arrangement of “Amazing Grace” was performed at the Washington National Cathedral as part of the 2016 U.S. Marine Corps birthday worship service.

He has served as a conductor for the fall and winter Chamber Music Series and the band’s Conductor Training Program in 2013. He was nominated for his current position in 2014. As Assistant Director, Capt. Nowlin manages Marine Band educational outreach initiatives such as Music in the Schools, Music in the High Schools, and the Concerto Competition for High School Musicians. In 2016 he produced, wrote the script, and conducted the Marine Band in his first Young People’s Concert, “Meet the Band.”

Capt. Nowlin’s early music instruction was on the piano and French horn. Upon graduating in 1996 from North Royalton High School in Ohio, he attended Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2000 and a master’s degree in music education and conducting in 2004. He studied with Herbert Spencer and Bruce Moss at BGSU, as well as prolific composer Anne McGinty.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Capt. Nowlin was an instructor at BGSU and served as a staff arranger for the BGSU Falcon Marching Band. Additionally, he was an instructor at BGSU where he taught band arranging, conducting, and was the assistant director of athletic bands. He was an instrumental music teacher for 10 years serving as an assistant band director at Jackson City Schools in Ohio and most recently was the director of bands at Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District in Ohio.

In addition to his duties with “The President’s Own,” Capt. Nowlin has appeared as a conductor and clinician with several ensembles to include the Kansas State University Wind Ensemble and Chorus; the Capital University Honors Wind Ensemble in Bexley, Ohio; the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Wind Ensemble; Brigham Young University’s Invitational Concert Band Festival; the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony at the University of New Hampshire; the Defiance College Community Band and the Zanesville Memorial Band, both in Ohio; and the Wheaton Municipal Band in Illinois.

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_excerpt_2019.pdf PDF (145.28 KB) Administration 8/29/2019
Euphonium TC Excerpts 2019 PDF (139.29 KB) Administration 9/3/2019
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