2009 All-State Jazz Band

Clinician Info

WILL CAMPBELL, Director of Jazz EnsemblesWill Campbell
(jazz improvisation, saxophone) 

Originally from North Carolina, Will Campbell is the Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone Instructor at UNC Charlotte. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance and Literature degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the of Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) and Master of Music (Saxophone Performance) from the University of North Texas. While attending UNT, he was a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band and directed the Three O’Clock Lab Band. From 1990 to 1994, he toured internationally as a member of the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra. Recording credits include Blue Light, Red LightWhen My Heart Finds Christmas, and The New York Big Band Concert (Video).  Dr. Campbell has performed with artists such as Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, Pete Christlieb, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Doc Severinsen, Louie Bellson, and ensembles such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, The Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  In 1995, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowship Grant, which allowed him to study privately with renowned saxophonist Dick Oatts in New York City. Since 1999, he has been a member of the University of North Texas Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty. Dr. Campbell has performed at conferences for the North American Saxophone Alliance, International Association for Jazz Education, and the World Saxophone Congress and has published two articles in the Jazz Education Journal. His arrangement of Pure Imagination for jazz ensemble is now available through UNC Jazz Press (University of Northern Colorado). Dr. Campbell is an Artist/Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company and plays Selmer saxophones exclusively.  

Ron CarterRonald CarterProfessor
Coordinator of Jazz Studies
Ronald Carter is Coordinator of the Jazz Studies Program and director of the world-renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble. 

Carter has presented workshops as guest conductor, artist, clinician, or adjudicator at 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, VanderCook College of Music, and Georgia State College.  He has performed these same duties at numerous high schools and at regional and national conferences.  He has also directed all-state jazz bands in Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky, Vermont, Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

Ron Carter spent over 18 years in the St. Louis metropolitan area as an educator and professional freelance musician on saxophone, clarinet, flute, and as a vocalist.  He co-directed the group Infiniti and performed with the George Hudson Orchestra.  Carter has also performed professionally with Clark Terry, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, the Jimmy Dorsey Band, Wallace Roney, Terell Stafford, the Temptations, the Dells, Oliver Lake, Hamiett Bluiett, Leon Thomas, Art Davis, Fareed Haque, Joseph Bowie, Frank Mantooth, Delbert Bernadella, Byron Bowie, Orbert Davis, Carl Allen, and many others. 

An abbreviated list of his honors and awards includes Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Educator’s 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. 

Carter’s current projects include serving as director of the Gallery 37-South Shore Cultural Center Summer Youth Jazz Ensemble in Chicago, International Consultant for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, Miles Davis 2001, St. Louis, Program Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy, member of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, author for Alfred Publications, and recently-elected vice president of the 11,000-member International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE).

Carter is currently a Conn/Selmer Instrument Artist Clinician/Educational Specialist.

Jazz Ensemble Roster

The SCBDA 2009 All-State Jazz Ensembles are two 
bands of equal strength, named for their clinicians.

2009 ALL-STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Will Campbell, Clinician
Alto 1 Chris Mitchell Northwestern High School
Alto 2 Wes Shorter Lexington High School
Tenor 1 Zachary Slaughter Governor’s School for the Arts
Tenor 2 Kevin Patton Fort Dorchester High School
Bari Sax Emma Ostapeck Charleston School of the Arts
Trumpet 1
Split Lead
Ben Donnor Wando High School
J.P. Taylor Socastee High School
Trumpet 2 Ashley Marshall Pickens High School 
Trumpet 3 Emily Campbell Fort Dorchester High School
Trumpet 4 Michael Mai Socastee High School
Trombone 1 Corey Allen D.W. Daniel High School
Trombone 2 Jonathan Griggs Hartsville High School
Trombone 3 Bryce Benning Sumter High School
Bass Trombone Ben Peele Sumter High School
Guitar Adam Fallon Charleston School of the Arts
Piano Trey Cooper Charleston School of the Arts
Bass Stephen Bohnstengel Wando High School
Drum Set Josh Hoover Wando High School
Aux. Perc. Martin Patrick Northwestern High School


2009 ALL-STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Ron Carter, Clinician
Alto 1 Joseph Weshefsky Carolina Forest High School
Alto 2 Lee McAbee Westside High School
Tenor 1 Eddy Stein T.L. Hanna High School
Tenor 2 Dillion Ashby Ridge View High School
Bari Sax Alex Francis Wando High School
Trumpet 1
Split Lead
Clay White Wando High School
Will O’Dell Chapin High School
Trumpet 2 Ryan Van Buren Wando High School
Trumpet 3 Adam Bailey Charleston School of the Arts
Trumpet 4 Ryan Puzerewski Wando High School
Trombone 1 Weston Olencki Woodruff High School
Trombone 2 Bradley Powers Goose Creek High School
Trombone 3 Robert Smith Cheraw High School
Bass Trombone Daniel Imholz Wando High School
Guitar Cameron Sutton Mauldin High School
Piano Hannah Herin Wando High School
Bass Robert Widlowski Charleston School of the Arts
Drum Set Jason Piers Rock Hill High School
Aux. Perc. Jay Addison Stratford 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)

Vibes, 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 2009 
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: 

Friends, pg. 32-33, track 16, Play ms 30, beat 4, to the end.


A Doll, pg. 10, track 5. Start at ms. 1 to beat 3 of ms 32. 
(Potential lead players should play 8va from ms. 26-32)


Joe’s Thing, pg. 18, track 9. Play ms.25-48.  
(Play either octave when notated)

Bass Trombone:

Joe’s Thing, pg. 18, track 9. Play ms. 25-48. 


Rose, pg. 16 & 17 track 8. Play beginning to beat 3 of ms 32 as written (do not play pickups to ms. 33) then 33 to the end comping using the chords provided with the etude.


(Use the Solo Etudesnot the Piano Comping book)
Rose, pg. 21-23, track 6. Play beginning to beat 3 of ms 32 as written (do not play pickups to ms. 33) then 33 to the end comping using the chords provided with the etude.


(Use the Solo Etudesnot the Bass Lines book)
Rose, pg. 16 & 17 track 8. Play beginning to beat 3 of ms 32 as written (do not play pickups to ms. 33) then 33 to the end with a walking bass line using the chord changes provide with the etude. 


(Play the Solo, then the Lead Sheet)
IND Line, Pg. 46, track 10.  Play from the solo page ms 1 through 32 as written.  Then play from the lead sheet on pg. 16 ms. 33 to the end in a swing style with the ensemble hits as notated.  (Students are encouraged to perform from the solo sheet to the lead sheet without stopping but will not be penalized if there is a brief pause to make the page turn.)

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.