2008 All-State Jazz Band

Clinician Info

Dr. Robert Washut

Dr. Washut is Professor of Music at the University of Northern Iowa, where he served as Director of Jazz Studies from 1980 – 2002. An accomplished jazz composer and arranger, Washut has received numerous commissions from collegiate jazz ensembles, professional jazz artists, and symphony orchestras. Many of his works are published by the UNC Jazz Press (Greeley,CO), Walrus Music Publishing (Pismo Beach, CA), C.L. Barnhouse (Oskaloosa, IA), and Heritage JazzWorks (Lorenz Corp – Dayton, OH).

During his 22 years as director of the award-winning UNI Jazz Band One, Washut recorded 11 CDs (two of which earned 5-star ratings from DownBeat magazine), toured Europe three times, consistently received “Outstanding Band” recognition at collegiate jazz festivals throughout the Midwest, and was awarded three “Outstanding Performance” citations in DownBeat’s Annual Student Music Awards.

He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the country and is an active jazz pianist, who founded the Latin jazz band, Orquesta Alto Maiz . He recorded and released a jazz trio CD entitled Songbook ( Sea Breeze Jazz : SB-3036) in 1999. Washut was inducted into the Iowa IAJE Hall of Fame in 2003 and was selected as Outstanding Teacher at UNI in 1996.

James Ketch

Professor Ketch enjoys a varied career as both professional trumpeter and educator. As a Bach trumpet artist and clinician for the Selmer Corporation, Mr. Ketch is in demand as both a classical and jazz artist. As Music Director of the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra (NCJRO) he has established himself as an outstanding performer in both traditional and contemporary jazz styles. His leadership of the NCJRO has resulted in three compact disc recordings Holiday Jazz Blizzard (1998), Benny Goodman: The Swing Collection (1999) and Duke Ellington: A Centennial Collection (1999) and two statewide PBS-TV broadcasts Duke Ellington: A Concert of Sacred Music (1995-1996) and This is Jazz! (1997). The NCJRO and Professor Ketch have received praise from nationally known figures including Wynton Marsalis, John Edward Hasse, David Berger, Mark Tucker, and David Baker.

Equally adept as a classical musician, Mr. Ketch has been featured soloist in performances of the most significant works for the trumpet including the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and the Concertos of Haydn and Hummel. He has performed in over a dozen conferences of the International Trumpet Guild and has chaired several events at those conferences including the 1998 Jazz Improvisation Competition at the University of Kentucky-Lexington. As a freelance musician he is frequently heard with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, in pit orchestras for touring Broadway productions and the North Carolina Theater, with singing groups like The Temptations, The Four Tops, Ben E. King, and the Manhattan Transfer, and with school bands and jazz ensembles across the country.

As an educator, Mr. Ketch has been the recipient of the two highest teaching awards presented on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – the Tanner Award (1992) and a Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship (1993-1996). In 1995 he was selected by a university committee of students and administrators to serve as the Mid-Winter Commencement Speaker at the Dean E. Smith Center. As Director of Jazz Studies, Professor Ketch has spearheaded a program that now includes two big bands and five combos as well as courses in jazz history, theory/harmony, improvisation, and composing and arranging. The program has produced two compact discs See The World (1999) and Passages – Europe 2000 (2000). On the strength of those performances the UNC Jazz Band was invited to perform at three of Europe’s most prestigious jazz festivals in the summer of 2000 including, Jazz a Vienne (France), The Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), and The North Sea Jazz Festival (The Netherlands). Professor Ketch and his jazz students are commended for their work by Wynton Marsalis in the publication Sweet Swing Blues on the Road.
As both artist and teacher James Ketch’s career reveals a deep commitment and passion for both the performance and teaching of music.

Jazz Ensemble Roster

The SCBDA 2008 All-State Jazz Ensembles are two 
bands of equal strength, named for their clinicians.

2008 ALL-STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Jim Ketch, Clinician
Alto Sax I Chris Mitchell Northwestern High School
Alto Sax II Kelly Machado Charleston School of the Arts
Tenor Sax I Ricky Quinones Charleston School of the Arts
Tenor Sax II Chris Edel Aiken High School
Bari Sax Emma Ostapeck Charleston School of the Arts
Trumpet I – Split Will O’Dell Chapin High School
Joshnua Billingsly Socastee High School
Solo Chair Wei-Huan Chen DW Daniel High School
Trumpet III J. P. Taylor Socastee High School
Trumpet IV Ashley Marshall Pickens High School
Trombone I Giff Waltz Wando High School
Trombone II Jesse Hildreth Charleston School of the Arts
Trombone III Jonathan Griggs Hartsville High School
Trombone IV Judge Kelly Wando High School
Guitar Cameron Sutton Mauldin High School
Piano Jessie McGinty Charleston School of the Arts
Vibraphone Jamaal Perry Charleston School of the Arts
Bass Stephen Bohnstengel Wando High School
Drum Set Jason Piers Northwestern High School
Aux. Perc. John Crimminger Charleston School of the Arts


2008 ALL-STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Dr. Bob Washut, Clinician
Alto Sax I Zee Slaughter Irmo High School
Alto Sax II Robert Montgomery Wando High School
Tenor Sax I Zach Thames Charleston School of the Arts
Tenor Sax II Caitlin Wilson Blythewood High School
Bari Sax Stephen Dinda Carolina Forest High School
Lead Trumpet  Spencer Nance Spartanburg High School
Solo Chair Reggie Bain Irmo High School
Trumpet III Michael Mai Socastee High School
Trumpet IV Trey Robison West Florence High School
Trumpet V Taylor Edwards Summerville High School
Trombone I Wesley Day DW Daniel High School
Trombone II Weston Olencki Woodruff High School
Trombone III Corey Allen DW Daniel High School
Trombone IV Daniel Imholz Wando High School
Guitar Adam Fallen Charleston School of the Arts
Piano Colin Campbell Providence Christian Academy
Bass Robert Widlowski Charleston School of the Arts
Drum Set Josh Hoover Wando High School
Aux. Perc. Layne Mauldin Northwestern High School

Audition Resources


1. Diatonic Major Scales (60 second time limit):

All major diatonic scales should be memorized. Students will be asked to play FIVE chromatically adjacent scales in their audition. If a scale is played incorrectly, it may be attempted at the end of the sequence, if there is time remaining in the 60 second time limit. If there is time left, the judge will announce those scales for which full credit has not been given.

All Saxophones:
2 Octaves Bb, B, C, C#, D, Eb, E, F
1 Octave F#, G, Ab, A

2 Octaves F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C
1 Octave C#, D, Eb, E, F

2 Octaves E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb
1 Octave B, C, C#, D, Eb
(Students auditioning on Bass Trombone will play the Ab scale (2 octaves) beginning on pedal Ab)

Guitar, Piano and Bass:
2 Octaves Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C, C#, D

2. Chromatic Scale: Each student should play an open-ended chromatic scale (ascending and descending) to show their full playing range. Rhythm is at the discretion of the student, but should be consistent throughout. The Senior All-State chromatic ranges would be the minimum for the winds. Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Vibes should play the full range of their instrument.

3. Prepared Etude: All etudes are selected from the “Jazz Conception” books by Jim Snidero, published by Advance Music. Books come with demo CDs (for study purposes only), and are available for: Alto/Bari Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Drums. At the audition, the etudes must be performed without accompaniment at the listed tempo.  Students auditioning on Bass Trombone may play their etude from either the Tenor Trombone or Bass Trombone Book. 

All-State Jazz Audition ETUDES for 2008

All solos from “Jazz Conception” by Jim Snidero, published by Advance Music. Books with CD’s available for: Eb Alto/Bari Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, Bb Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass, and Drums.

All Saxes:

IND Line, pg. 24-25, track 12, Play beginning through ms. 31

Trumpet: Amen, pg. 8, track 4. Start at ms. 33 and play to the end. 
(Potential lead players should play 8va from ms. 33-49)
Trombone: Rose, pg. 16, track 8. Play ms.1-31. Do not play intro. 
(Play either octave when notated)
Bass Trombone: Rose, pg. 16, track 8. Play ms.1-31. Do not play intro. 
(Play either octave when notated) 
Guitar/(Vibes): A Doll, pg. 10, track 5. Play beginning to beat 3 of ms. 32 
(do not play pickup to ms. 33)
Piano: (Use the Solo Etudes, not the Piano Comping book)
A Doll, pg. 12, track 3. Play beginning to beat 3 of ms. 32 
(do not play pickup to ms. 33)
Bass: (Use the Solo Etudes, not the Bass Lines book)
A Doll, pg. 10, track 5. Play beginning to beat 3 of ms. 32 
(do not play pickup to ms. 33)
Drumset: (Play the Solo, not the Lead Sheet)
Rose, pg. 38, track 6, Play all

4. Sightreading: Students will sightread in two contrasting styles. One style will be swing and the other will be chosen from ballad, Latin, or rock. Drum set players have a different procedure. Please review the SCBDA Handbook for details. 

5. Improvisation: Students will show their improvisational skills by playing along with a CD…Track #8 of “Blues in F” of the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long CD-Volume One–“How to Improvise.” This can be ordered from any music dealer or directly from Jamey Aebersold at 1-800-456-1388, or online at www.jazzbooks.com.

*All Band Directors should consult the SCBDA Handbook for further details about any facet of the All-State Jazz Auditions or State Jazz Festival registration and participation requirements.