2020 All-State Jazz Band

 2020 Nebraska All-State Jazz Band Update:

Audition and Virtual Ensemble Guidelines:  Please read carefully.

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)

Audition Information

Please note:  The NMEA auditions manual will be undergoing revisions to address the needs of our 2020 convention and All-State ensembles.  It is recommended that you do not refer to previous editions of audition manuals as they will not reflect what is happening in our current audition situation.  More information will be made available as we work through this process.



T.K. by Eric Richards



August 17      Registration for All-State Auditions, regular fee of $20 through Sept. 7

September 8   Late Registration ($40 fee) for All-State Auditions through Sept. 14

September 16 Instrumental audition window opens at 8:00 AM; closes Sept. 28 at 5:00 PM*

October 19     Announcement of Selected Ensembles at 8:00 am

*On September 24 Opus experienced a major slow down of their servers. This was due to many states closing auditions this weekend, and their servers were just overloaded. They have taken measures to alleviate the situation, but there is no guarantee that it won't happen again. Given the unique situations that many schools find themselves in due to COVID-19, and to ensure fairness to all students auditioning, NMEA is extending the audition deadline for all ensembles to Monday, September 28 at 5:00 pm. If you have any questions or concerns please email Rick Mitchell at ricmitchell@kearneycats.com.




2020 Auditions Manual (click to download)

2020 Jazz Band Audition Manual (click to download) 



NMEA will again utilize the services of OpusEvent to collect student auditions.  The format and procedures will be much the same as last year and will include:

Link to All-State Jazz Scale Patterns (Drum Kit Style Patterns for Drummers): https://unomaha.box.com/s/n4lkf7f8nphub85e9usy9hrgpkvqxrje

Link to All-State Jazz Audition Etude D-1: https://unomaha.box.com/s/82xeb25fphvtapag57d1wg1k9ab6u2eu

Link to All-State Jazz Audition Etude D-2: https://unomaha.box.com/s/pyzhm6fh9q8nlbixkxfvkuhkeujf28dk



On October 19, students will be notified of their acceptance into the All-State Jazz Band.  The size of the Nebraska All-State Jazz Band will allow for a limited in-person experience with appropriate social distancing. On Saturday, November 21 All-State Jazz Band students will meet by section at the Strauss Performing Art Center on the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) campus. There will never be more than 7 individuals (including staff and teachers) in a given room at the same time in order to comply with all CDC and UNO health guidelines. The in-person experience will include a one-hour sectional coached by a professional jazz musician immediately followed by a one-hour recording session in UNO’s brand new state of the art recording studio. Each section will record their parts to Eric Richards’ composition entitled T.K.  A professional videographer will film the recording sessions then compile and edit the video into a final product – The 2020 Nebraska All-State Virtual Jazz Band! The audio portion of the project will be professionally recorded, edited, and mixed by UNO music technology faculty. A detailed schedule for the day and further instructions will be released after October 19. Selected students will receive a pdf of their part upon selection to the ensemble and a YouTube link of a reference recording performed by the USAF Academy Falconaires.