UMEA Jazz All-State

For more information, contact UMEA Jazz Vice President Timothy Kidder,

Timothy Kidder
Jazz Vice-President

2018 All-State Jazz Band

February 2-3, 2018
Dixie Center
St. George, Utah


Auditions must be submited by November 17, 2017. See audition materials below.

Submit your digital audition

Audition Materials

Follow directions on the Getacceptd site. Audition links are below: (They are also accessable at the Getacceptd website.):

Rhythm Section

Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone



Students will be asked to provide their director's e-mail address. Acceptd will then e-mail the director to verify the student's eligibility. Students must be a member in good standing of their corresponding school ensemble, and the student must be registered more than half-time at the school. The student may qualify for an "Offical Exemption," if their main source of education does not offer an ensemble for the student's musical discipline.

AUDITION PROCEDURE: Auditions for the All-State Jazz Band will be submitted via video online with "Acceptd." Accepted will collect student information including student name, address, etc. accompanied by a video audition which students will upload and submit. Students will use their own video device to record their audition and will then upload the video to the Acceptd website. Acceptd will walk the student through the audition upload and application process. There is tech support, if needed. Acceptd will accept any video file type and size. It is suggested that you do this several days ahead of the Nov. 17th deadline in case you run into technical difficulties.

Alan Blaylock

20218 Utah All-State Jazz Conductor

Alan Baylock (BMEd, Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University, 1990; MM, UNT, 1995) is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most creative young voices in the music business today. He is in demand as a composer, arranger, conductor, producer, instrumentalist, and educator. Based in Washington, DC, Alan is the chief arranger for the USAF Airmen of Note jazz ensemble (the premier jazz band of the U.S. Air Force) and is the leader of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra (formed in 2001). The orchestra currently has 6 UNT alums (Antonio Orta, BM; Luis Hernandez, BM; Tyler Kuebler, BM/MM; Doug Morgan, BM; Ben Patterson, BM; Jeff Martin, BM). Since 2012, Baylock has been jazz composer-in-residence at Shenandoah University, where he teaches jazz arranging and jazz pedagogy and co-directs the conservatory jazz ensemble. Mr. Baylock's music has been performed and/or recorded by jazz greats Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling, Freddie Hubbard, Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, David Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Bobby Shew, Kenny Werner, Paquito D'Rivera, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Werner, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Nnenna Freelon, Tierney Sutton, and many more. His eclectic talents have also led him to writing music for Roy Clark, Lee Greenwood, Wynonna, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Spyro Gyra, Ronan Tynan, and symphony orchestras here and abroad. An inspiring educator, Alan continues to write music for high school and collegiate level jazz ensembles, much of which is published by Alfred. Alan is regularly featured as guest artist, clinician and adjudicator at jazz festivals, universities and high schools across the country. Two Seconds to Midnight, the debut recording of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra (ABJO), was released in October 2003 on Seabreeze Records. After receiving international critical acclaim, the CD spent eight weeks on the JazzWeek national jazz radio top 40 chart. In January 2007, the Airmen of Note released Out in Front, a recording that features 13 of Mr. Baylock's arrangements. The ABJO released Eastern Standard Time in 2008 and Prime Time with Doc Severinsen in 2014. "Alan Baylock has achieved a goal that many artists aspire to, but often fail to reach: he has developed his own distinct sound as a composer. His writing is fresh, and is imbued with a great sense of spirit and fun" (Gordon Goodwin, Grammy & Emmy Award-winning composer/bandleader). Baylock’s mastery of the art of jazz arranging and composition expresses itself in his incomparable technique, staggering virtuosity, and an unquenchable desire to challenge and surprise. Along with explosive energy, ingenious re-harmonizations, imaginative melodic, tonal and rhythmic expressions, Alan’s creations beam with a sense of joy and soulfulness, and are a glimpse into the depth of the human spirit. His arrangements were featured on numerous recordings by the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band, and he wrote the Liner Notes for Lab 2008.He is a substitute trumpet player for the Airmen of Note. He has had private study with Kenny Werner, Mike Crotty, and Neil Slater. Starting in fall 2016, Baylock will assume the director rule of the One O'Clock Lab Band full-time.

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