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70th Annual Colorado All-State Band 

March 25-27, 2021 | Greeley, Colorado

Presented by the University of Northern Colorado School of Music, Colorado Music Educators Association, Colorado Bandmasters Association, Colorado High School Activities Association

Colorado All-State Concert Band

Dr. David Fullmer, Guest Conductor

Retired Director of Bands, Snow College (Utah)Conn-Selmer Educational Support Manager, Western RegionandColorado

All-State Symphonic Band

Dr. Russell Mikkelson, Guest Conductor

Director of Bands, The Ohio State University


At this time we are planning for an in-person event, March 25-27, 2021. A decision to cancel the event will not be made until early 2021, and will be based on the latest health department guidelines and recommendations. If the event is canceled, selected students will receive recognition as a member of the “Colorado All State Band” to include a certificate and/or patch and/or T-Shirt. Substitute virtual participation will be offered if possible. Students are encouraged to audition!

The 110-piece Concert Band is open only to students from high schools of 1,100 or fewer students[based on “enrollment” count in 2019-2020 CHSAA Directory](Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors)

The 110-piece Symphonic Band is open to students from all schools. (Juniors and Seniors only)


Fees and Procedures

A $25.00 fee will be charged for each auditioning student. Audition materials and procedures will be the same for both bands 


All-State Weekend

March 25-27, 2021(Greeley, Colorado)


All-State Auditions

Auditions for the 2021 Colorado All State Band will be submitted electronically and are due by December 3, 2020.

Colorado All State Band Eligibility Requirements

Adopted August 26, 2020

Membership in All-State Band is limited to students who are members of a curricular Colorado high school band for the entire school year, and who’s directors are current members of the Colorado Music Educators Association and the Colorado Bandmasters Association.  Director and Administrator approval are necessary to audition and participate.  At the time of the audition and the festival, students must be eligible under the rules of the Colorado High School Activities Association;  the student’s director is responsible for ensuring academic eligibility.

If no curricular band class exists at the school, students must still receive administrative and music teacher approval;  the music teacher (or if none exists another school official) must be a member of CMEA and CBA.  Home schooled students must be enrolled in a local public or private school band.  

2020-2021 COVID Exceptions / Addendum

  1. No matter the circumstances, director and administrative approval is still required to audition and participate.
  2. If a COVID related schedule change or remote learning situation makes it impossible for the student to be enrolled in a concert band or jazz band at their school, then the director canstill approve participation in All State and waive the school band requirement.  It is expected that the student would have been eligible in the 2019-2020 school year (except possibly their grade in school).
  3. It is expected that those that audition would be willing to attend the event if accepted.  These events would only be held if safe to do so and able to meet local and state health requirements.



UNC Bands
Frasier 18, Campus Box 28
Greeley, CO 80639
Phone: (970) 351-2273
Fax: (970) 351-2639
Email: coloradoallstateband@gmail.com

Audition Process



Audition Process

  • Step 1 - Director Registration

    Step 1 - Director Registration (ASAP)

    Director should register on the Colorado All State Band Audition Platform. (Join or renew CBA and CMEA Memberships prior to registering). 

    RegisterPrior to sharing the registration link with students, determine payment method. The audition platform is set-up for each student to submit audition fee payment with their registration (students can pay by check or credit card), or indicate that the school will pay by check or credit card. Be sure students know if they are to pay or if the school will be paying!

  • Step 2 - Student Regtistration & Payment

    Step 2 - Student Regtistration & Payment (ASAP) 

    After the director has registered on the Colorado All State Band Audition Platform, students should register themselves (the recording is not uploaded with the student registration – that is done by the director later). Payment must be made with student registration - $25 per audition. A payment link will direct you to the Colorado Bandmasters Association website to pay via credit card or check payment. If you know for certain that the school is paying, you may indicate that when you register.


  • Step 3- Director Confirmation

    Step 3- Director Confirmation

    Directors will receive an email each time a student registers. The director must certify each student registration (this can be done as they occur, or in bulk with a visit to the Audition Platform website, Director Section). If the School is paying, directors will need to pay via the CBA Website so that payment arrives before December 3rd.

    Pay Registration Fees

  • Step 4 - Director Uploads Audition Recordings

    Step 4 - Director Uploads Audition Recordings

    Prior to December 3rd, DIRECTORmust upload all student recordings (and complete payment if school is paying). 

    Upload Audition Recordings

    Late recordings cannot be accepted. The uploaded recordings must be ONE mp3 file (no other format accepted – use Garageband or Audacity to convert to an mp3 file as needed). THE REQUIREMENT IS THAT THE STUDENT’S RECORDING BE OF ALL AUDITION MATERIAL PERFORMED IN ONE TAKE WITHOUT CUTS OR EDITS, as if the audition was live. The uploaded mp3 file MUST include the following, performed straight through in ONE take:

    1. Announce Student name, instrument, grade and school.
    2. Major Scale
    3. Harmonic Minor Scale
    4. Chromatic Scale
    5. Audition Etudes (in the same order as listed on the UNC Website).

    *as much as possible adhere to marked tempos, but do NOT record with a metronome!

    ALL STEPS ABOVE, including registrations (director and student), payments, and audition recording uploads must be complete and received by December 3rd.

    Recording Suggestions/Instructions

    The submitted recording MUST be done in one take, as if a live audition. Any edits, cuts, or electronic manipulation of the recording will result in the audition being disqualified. Use the best microphone and recording equipment available. It is possible to get a good recording with the internal microphone on a phone, but experiment with device placement, distance, etc. Brass players should not point directly at the recording device. Use no unnatural reverb or processing of the audio.

Download a PDF of the Audition Procedures

Audition Repertoire

Downoad a PDF of the Audition Repertoire


Major Scale of your choice: 2 octaves, in 16th notes, quarter-note = 112Harmonic Minor Scale of your choice: 2 octaves, in 8th notes, quarter-note = 120Chromatic Scale of your choice: 2 octaves, in 8th notes, quarter-note = 80


Will be drawn from the following readily available books. Students proficient on more than one instrument within the same family (flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, high clarinet/low clarinet, all the saxophones, trombone/euphonium, etc.) are strongly encouraged to submit an audition on each instrument, using separate audition files and entries

  • Flute/Piccolo

    • Köhler 25 Romantic Etudes for Flute, Op. 66 (use the Kalmus edition!)
      • p. 21, No. 20–all (quarter note = 72-80)
    • Andersen –24 Etudes for the Flute, Op. 33 (use the C. Fischer edition!)
      • p.14, No. 14, m. 17-end (quarter note= 54)
  • Oboe/English Horn

    • Voxman -Selected Studies (Rubank)
      • p.19, beginning through m. 16, downbeat (dotted quarter-note = 63)
      • p.15, beginning through m. 16 (dotted quarter note = 72)
  • Bassoon

    • Voxman-Gower - Advanced Method, Vol. 1 (Rubank)
      • p.70, No.4, m9-end [no repeats] (quarter-note = 52)
      • p.53, No.30, all (quarter-note = 132)
  • High Clarinet

    • Rose -32 Etudes (C. Fischer)
      • p.9, No. 8, top through 2nd bar of 6th line [no repeat] (quarter-note = 108)
      • p.14, No. 13, top through 3rd bar of 5th line (quarter-note = 63)


    • Rose –32 Etudes for Clarinet (C. Fischer) Revised Edition
      • p. 12, No. 8, top through 2nd bar of 6th line [no repeat] (quarter-note = 108)
      • p. 17, No. 13, top through 1st bar of 6th line (quarter-note = 63)
  • Low Clarinet

    •  Weissenborn/Rhoads - Advanced Studies (Southern)
      • p.7, No. 11, 1st 4 lines (quarter-note = 72)
      • p.7, No. 11, lines 5 through 8 [no repeats] (dotted-half-note = 60)
  • Saxophone

    • Voxman - Selected Studies (Rubank)
      • p. 9, beginning to downbeat of m. 20 (quarter-note = 104)
      • p. 29, first 5 lines (eighth note = 80)
  • Trumpet/Cornet

    • Snedecor – Lyrical Etudes (PAS Music)
      • p.16 Etude XI, beginning to m. 32, 1st note (dotted quarter-note = 84)
      • p.20 Etude XIV, beginning to bar before C, 3rd beat [high C in m. 19 preferred (quarter-note = 88)
  • Horn

    • Langey - Carl Fischer Tutor for French Horn (Carl Fischer), or free download from https://archive.org/stream/ottolangeysnewly00lang#page/98/mode/2up
      • p. 98, Belloli Theme and Variations, Variation 2, (quarter-note = 76-84)
      • p. 98, Belloli Theme and Variations, Variation 3, (quarter-note = 76-84)
      • p. 98, Belloli Theme and Variations, Variation 4, (eighth-note = 84-100)
  • Trombone/Euphonium

    • Voxman - Selected Studies for Trombone (Rubank)
      • p.18, beginning through measure 47 (dotted half -note = 66)
      • p.16, beginning through measure 17 (dotted quarter-note = 52)

    [Treble-clef baritone must either transpose these etudes or play the trumpet etudes]

  • Bass Trombone

    • Ostrander - Method for Bass Trombone (C. Fischer)
      • p. 40, No. 2, all [no repeats] (quarter note = 96)
      • p. 40, No. 3, all [no repeats] (quarter note = 132)
  • Tuba

    • Sheridan – Performance Studies for Tuba (De Haske)
      • p. 22-23 (“Tuba Rag”), all [take 2nd ending, no repeat] (quarter note = 96)
  • String Bass

    • Piece(s) of your choice, demonstrating technique and musicality.
  • Percussion

    You must audition in all three areas and on the music listed below.


    • Whaley - Recital Pieces for Mallets (J. R. Publications)
      • p.8, “Allemande,” top – 6th line, downbeat of 2nd bar [no repeat] (8th note = 116-120)

    Snare Drum

    • Cirone - Portraits in Rhythm (Belwin-Mills)
      • [All rolls in concert style - multiple bounce]
      • p.8, No. 6, all (tempi as marked)


    • Whaley - Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist (J.R. Publications)
      • p.21, all [play on 3 drums] (tempo as marked)