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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Congratulations to our new officers for the 2014-15 membership year:

President-elect - Matthew Seifert
Secretary - Alan Black
Director - Aric Schneller

They will begin their term on July 1, the beginning of the new membership year. And many (and continued) thanks to our outgoing officers, Aric Schneller, President; Matthew Seifert, Secretary; and Roland Sandoval, Director.

Respectfully submitted,
Greg Ball and Cathy Benford
2014 Nomination Committee

Friday, February 28, 2014
Hello everyone,

We are soliciting jazz etudes for the following instruments:

Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, and Baritone will use the same etudes) Trumpet Tenor Trombone Bass Trombone Guitar Piano Bass

Etudes are needed in the following styles:

- Swing
- Ballad
- Latin
- Funk

Etudes should be relatively brief. Past etudes have ranged in length from approximately 16 to 40 measures. Etudes should contain rhythmic, technical and range challenges (within reason) that allow judges to differentiate the playing ability of those auditioning.

Etudes should be based on traditional jazz chord progressions e.g. blues or standards. Include chord symbols with your etude. (It is our intention to make available mp3 files in that will allow students to practice the etudes with accompaniment. These accompaniments will NOT be used in the actual auditions.) Include tempo/style markings, dynamics, and articulations with your etude. Etudes for tenor trombone and trumpet may be written in such a manner that the first two thirds of the etude will be of moderate difficulty and range with the last third reserved for more difficulty and higher range. This will allow a region to use the material at local auditions for students who may not possess the skills for the State level, but may be interested in the Region level.

Etudes for guitar, piano and bass should include sections that are fully-notated as well as sections with just chord symbols.

Etudes should be notated with a computer notation program (preferably Finale or Sibelius), or can be neatly handwritten and scanned.

Etudes should be sent to Alex Parker at

The deadline for submission is March 14th.

Thanks everyone and get those etudes in ASAP!


Next TJEA General Membership Meeting:

Texas Bandmasters Association Convention
July, 2014

Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

for more information

contact Cathy Benford, TJEA Webmaster


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