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Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA)

Each year the SCSBOA All-Southern California Honor Groups provide the finest young instrumentalists in southern California with opportunities to rehearse with some of the most outstanding music educators in the world.

Each year the SCSBOA All-Southern California Honor Groups provide the finest young instrumentalists in southern California with opportunities to rehearse with some of the most outstanding music educators in the world.

Auditions are in December for Middle and High School Band and February for Jazz. It will take several months of preparation if students are interested in auditioning.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Enrollment in School Music Groups
  • Participation is limited to regularly enrolled students of a public or private school who are officially enrolled in that school’s performance organizations at the time of application, acceptance, rehearsal, and performance of their respective Honor Groups. If a student attends a school where a performance organization/ensemble is not offered, that student’s private teacher may recommend and endorse that student’s application as long as the private teach is a member in good standing of the SCSBOA.

Grade Level

  • 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders may apply for all Middle School Honor Groups with the exception of Junior High School Honor Jazz which is open to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders.
  • 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th may apply for all High School Honor Groups with the exception of High School Honor Jazz which open to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.
  • 9th graders auditioning for a band or orchestral Honor Groups must choose to audition for either Middle School or High School, but not both.

Other Requirements

  • Participation is limited to those students who file properly completed official Honor Group applications along with the required application fees by the postmark deadline.
  • Participation is limited to those students whose directors/teachers are current SCSBOA members in good standing.
  • Participation is limited to those students who can commit to attend all Honor Group rehearsal and performances without exception.

California Band Directors Association (CBDA)

CBDA All-Southern Honor Group Audition Information

Online Applications will be available beginning on or before October 11, 2014.

Membership Application Deadline (to be included in the directory): January 22

IMPORTANT: All information must still be typed into the online forms, submitted to CBDA, forms printed for signatures, and mailed with CDs and application fees by the December 1, 2014 postmark deadline.

California offers a junior high (Grades 7-8) All State Honor Orchestra, two junior high (Grades 7-8) All-State Honor Bands, a junior high (Grades 7-8) All State Jazz Band, a high school (Grades 9-12) All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 3 high school (Grades 9-12) All State Honor Bands, a high school (Grades 9-12) All-State Jazz Band, and a high school (Grades 9-12) All State Honor Orchestra that will participate at the CBDA Convention in Fresno, February 19-22, 2015.

CBDA administers Woodwind, Brass and Percussion for the All-State Band and Orchestra Auditions

The California All-State Honor Orchestra takes place during the same weekend as the All-State Honor Bands in Fresno. All Woodwind, brass and percussion students submitting audition CDs will be asked to choose from three options. Option 1: "I am auditioning for either All-State Honor Band or the All-State Honor Orchestra." Option 2: "I am only auditioning for All-State Band." Option 3: "I am only auditioning for All-State Orchestra." Saxophone auditions will be considered for band only because there are no saxophone parts in the Orchestra music this year. All string players audition by going to www.codaorchestras.org and following the instructions on that website.

Parents: Please direct ALL questions to your music director.

Purchasing Honor Group Audition Music

The SCSBOA and CBDA honor group audition music may be available at your local music store.  You can also order the music online from a number of retailers such as:
JW Pepper
Hickey's Music Center
Sheet Music Plus


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