TRI-STATE BAND FESTIVAL AND CONDUCTING CONFERENCE

DECEMBER 2
to DECEMBER 5

This annual event is designed to provide rewarding musical experiences for high school band students and their directors.

The 40th annual Florida State University Tri-State Band Festival and Conducting Conference is designed to provide rewarding musical experiences for high school band students and their directors. The festival features nationally and internationally renowned guest conductors and resident Florida State University faculty in a busy schedule of concerts, master classes, and professional clinics.

Tri-State has specific tracks for Concert Bands, the Honors Jazz Ensemble, and our incredible Tri-State Conducting Clinic for a limited number of attending High School Band Directors. 

Participation Costs

Registration Prices for the 2021 Tri-State Festival
  • $395.00 for overnight students
  • $295.00 for local/commuter students
Participation Cost Covers
  • Lodging (For overnight students only)
  • All meals during the Tri-State timeline,
  • Transpiration to and from rehearsals and concerts, instructional expenses including masterclass, rehearsals, and performance, t-shirt, and recording of concerts.

Students selected for the Tri-State Festival must provide their own transportation to and from Tallahassee.

Students will be chaperoned at all times by FSU faculty, graduate assistants, and staff. 

Contact Us

Band Office Phone - 850-644-3507 
EmailCM-tristatefestival@fsu.edu
Rachel Sorenson - Tri-State Administrator
Nick Doshier - Assistant Tri-State Administrator

For Students

Tri-State Concert Band

Acceptance into one of the Tri-State Concert Bands is a once in a lifetime experience for high school band students throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Students accepted to the Tri-State Band Conference will participate in one of three superb concert bands, conducted by a nationally renowned collegiate wind band director. Students will engage in three days of exciting rehearsals and will attend concerts designed to expose them to diverse and thrilling wind band literature. On the final day of the conference, students will present a concert to highlight their hard work.

11th and 12th grade students who would like to attend Tri-State should make sure that their high school band directors nominate them by October 4th!

Talk to your band director to be nominated for the Tri-State Band. Band Directors must submit all their nominees by Oct. 4th.

Honors Jazz Ensemble

The Honors Jazz Ensemble provides a unique opportunity for students seeking to develop their jazz performance skills and work with renowned jazz artists and FSU jazz faculty. Participants are selected from recorded auditions that you submit through your high school band director. The Honors Jazz Ensemble experience will feature multiple performance opportunities, as members take the stage on Saturday night to perform for directors, family, friends, and all Tri-State Band Festival participants.

Auditions must be a video recording of the content for instrument as indicated below.

 Submissions should be sent by your Band Director along with the nomination of each student to CM-TriStateFestival@fsu.edu by October 10, 2021.

Saxophone
  • Students should prepare the 2021 jazz saxophone etude (download below)
Trumpet
  • Students should prepare the jazz trumpet chart, entitled "Hot House." Excerpt should be played at quarter note = 170. Students should play the melody down one time and then take a solo for one chorus over the chord changes, then play the melody down one more time.
Trombone
  • Improvisation: Students should video record themselves playing a melody and at the least three choruses of blues in F (concert). Melody examples: Billie’s Bounce, Now’s the Time, Sonnymoon for Two. 
  • Students must also play the prepared etude (download below).
Bass
  • Students should play F Major, G Major, D minor, and E minor scales in 2 octaves. 
  • Students must also play the prepared etude. (download below)
Drums
  • Play the prepared piece with the following guidelines (attached to this email)
    • Play the written figures with the left hand (or comping hand, whichever one) while playing swing (jazz) time on the ride cymbal, 2&4 hi-hat, and feathering time on bass drum at the tempo marking.
    • Play the figures as if you are orchestrating ensemble hits in a big band (you can mix comping some patterns and setting up some rhythm hits).
  • Other audition requirements:
    • Play swing at quarter = 60, 90, 180, 240 (for 1 minute each).  During the swing at 180, trade fours with yourself.
    • Play a Bossa Nova Groove for 30 seconds (whatever tempo)
    • Play a Samba Groove for 30 seconds (whatever tempo)
    • Play a funk groove for 30 seconds (whatever tempo)
    • Play a rock groove for 30 seconds (whatever tempo)
    • Play an Afro-Cuban (12/8) groove for 30 seconds (any tempo)
    • Play a Mambo Groove for 30 seconds (any tempo)
    • Demonstrate your ability to play these rudiments: 5-stroke roll (slow to fast to slow), Flam Paradiddles (slow, fast, slow), Double Ratamacues (slow, fast, slow)

Audition Excerpts

Student Registration - Due Nov 4th

Once notified of your acceptance to Tri-State, students should complete their online registration immediately. The Student Release Form, as well as your registration fee for Tri-State, must be received at FSU no later than Thursday, November 4th.

Failure to complete any portion of registration (online registration, Student Release Form, and payment) by Thursday, November 4th will result in loss of your spot in the Tri-State Festival.

For Band Directors

Nominating Concert Band Students - Due Oct. 4th

 If you are a high school band director in the state of Florida, Georgia, or Alabama and have not received an email with information about the nomination process, please call the FSU band office at 850-644-3507 or email at CM-Tristatefestival@fsu.edu to receive the nomination link.

  • Only directors may nominate a student.
  • Students must be in 11th or 12th grade to participate.
  • Please complete a separate nomination for each student.
  • Nominations are due online no later than Friday, October 4th.

When nominating more than one student, please must “rank” them by order, and do not duplicate numbers. For instance, when nominating five students, rank them on the nomination form in the order for which you would like them to be considered, such that the “top” student is number 1, next is number 2, etc. If a rank is duplicated, such as nominating more than one student as number “1” for your school, it will cause problems with the software that we use to organize the information for this event. In the past such problems have resulted in students being left out of the festival. Please be aware of this when nominating students so that we can avoid any mistakes.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent mid-October, and at which point both director and students will need to complete two steps to be registered:

  1. Complete the online registration form (a “registration” link will be added to the page at that time).
  2. Mail in payment (by school or individually.)

Students are not officially registered until the registration is completed on the website and their payment has been received. 

Nominating Honors Jazz Ensemble  - Due Oct. 10th

The Honors Jazz Ensemble will provide a unique opportunity for students seeking to develop their jazz performance skills and work with renowned jazz artists and FSU jazz faculty. Participants will be selected from recorded auditions to complete the instrumentation for a standard big band. The Honors Jazz Ensemble experience will feature multiple performance opportunities, as members take the stage on Saturday night to perform for directors, family, friends, and all Tri-State Band Festival participants.

Honors Jazz Ensemble audition recordings are due by Sunday, October 10th.  These auditions should be both audio and video recorded.  Please send these electronically to CM-TriStateFestival@fsu.edu.  Audition excerpts can be found under the student audition section.

Students interested in the Honors Jazz Ensemble may also be nominated for the concert band festival. However, if selected, these students must perform with the jazz ensemble in order to allow another concert band member the opportunity to attend the Tri-State Festival. Visit the Tri- State Festival website for audition requirements and other pertinent information.

2021 Tri-State Conducting Clinic Application

Now accepting applications for participation in the 2019 Tri-State Conducting Clinic!

This clinic is open to all Band Directors attending the Tri-State Music Festival. Selected participants will conduct the FSU Wind Orchestra and received feedback from Professor Richard Clary, Senior Wind Band Conductor at FSU.

We will accept 3-4 participants.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a short resume and summary of formal conducting studies via email to Professor Richard Clary at  rclary@admin.fsu.edu

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