2019 All-State Jazz Band


Ronald C. McCurdy is a professor of music at the USC Thornton School of Music and serves as past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). Prior to his appointment at USC, he served as director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC. He has served as professor of music and chair of the Afro-African American studies department and served as director of jazz studies at the University of Minnesota. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University and his master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Kansas. In 2001, McCurdy received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Kansas.

McCurdy released his first CD titled Once Again for the First Time on the INNOVA label and is co-author of a vocal jazz improvisation series titled Approaching the Standards, published by Warner Bros., and Meet the Great Jazz Legend, published by Alfred. He is currently touring The Langston Hughes Project, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz. The multimedia presentation features a jazz quartet, spoken-word performance and images from the Harlem Renaissance. McCurdy is in demand as a guest clinician, soloist, speaker, director of honor jazz ensembles and choirs.

McCurdy is a consultant to the GRAMMY Foundation educational programs, including serving as director of the Grammy Jazz Choir and Combo. He served as director of the Walt Disney All-American Summer College Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Singers in Orlando, Florida, for seven years and continues to serve as a consultant for the college program. He has also served as a member of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp faculty. McCurdy is a performing artist for the Yamaha International Corporation.

2019 JAZZ BAND REPERTOIRE to be selected from the following:

Birk’s Work by Dizzy Gillespie arr.  Mark Taylor published by Hal Leonard

Brazilian Love Affair by George Duke arr. Eric Richards published by Hal Leonard

My One And Only Love by Robert Mellin and Guy Wood arr. Lennie Niehaus published by Sierra

Manteca by Dizzy Gillespie arr Mike Tomaro published by Hal Leonard

It Is What It Is by Andy Farber published by Smart Chart Music

Moment’s Notice by John Coltrane Arr Alan Baylock published by Alfred Publishing Belwin Division

Too High by Stevie Wonder arr Mike Tomaro published by Hal Leonard


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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 Jazz Band 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

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 Jazz Band Drum Set Audition Style Patterns Selected

The All-State Jazz Band Drum set style patterns for 2019 will include pattern #1-"Fast Swing w/sticks" and pattern #3-"Swing w/brushes". The Jazz Band Drum Set Style Patterns must be played from memory.

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NOTE: *The auxiliary percussion and drum set auditions are two separate and distinct auditions. Students may choose to perform two separate auditions if they wish to be considered for both parts. The auxiliary percussionist selected will only play auxiliary percussion and will not play any drum kit at all.