Selection process overview

General Timeline

Late July

Symphonic Band: TCCBDA holds an organizational meeting at the Texas Bandmasters Association clinic in San Antonio. Audition etudes for the are selected from the TMEA All-State etudes.

Mid-August

Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble etude lists are posted on this website.


October 20thSymphonic Band: Each school records their student auditions and submits the sound files (along with audition fees and other required items) to the Vice-President, who forwards them to members who have volunteered to assemble a qualified panel of judges to adjudicate a specific instrument.  If October 20 falls on a weekend, payment may be postmarked the following Monday, but all paperwork and files should be sent to the vice-president by midnight, October 20.


November 3rd Jazz Ensemble: Each school records their student auditions and submits the sound files (along with audition fees and other required items) to the Vice-President, who forwards them to members who have volunteered to assemble a qualified panel of judges to adjudicate a specific instrument.  If November 3rdd falls on a weekend, payment may be postmarked the following Monday, but all paperwork and files should be sent to the vice-president by midnight, November 3rd.


Mid-November

Symphonic Band: Results of the auditions (without seating/part assignments) are circulated to members via email from the Vice-President.

Jazz Ensemble: Results of the auditions (including part assignments) are circulated to members via email from the Vice-President.


January

Symphonic Band: The Symphonic Band Music Organizer sends sponsoring directors the music selections that will be used for seating placement auditions. A list of the pieces ("Symphonic Band Repertoire") is posted on this website. Note: During the seating auditions, students may also be asked to perform any of the audition etudes.
Jazz Ensemble: The Jazz Organizer sends sponsoring directors the music selections.


Mid-February
(at the TMEA clinic/conference in San Antonio)

Symphonic Band: (Wednesday at convention) Seating auditions for the Symphonic Band are held at the host hotel. Directors with participating students must be present at 2:00 p.m. to assist with auditions. Symphonic Band rehearsals begin that evening.

Jazz Ensemble: (Wednesday at convention) Jazz Ensemble members are asked to assist with Symphonic Band seating auditions at 2:00 p.m. Jazz Ensemble rehearsals begin that evening

Saturday: Concerts by both groups are performed in the afternoon. Directors must be present to assist with equipment moves.