Each high school band director in Michigan may nominate as many as four of his or her best players for participation in the 120-member John Mackey All-Star Band which will rehearse and perform in Miller Auditorium on spring conference day. Additional nominees will participate in the conference's Richard Suddendorf Repetory Band. This ensemble will read newly published and classic works for band including at least one work by John Mackey who will spend time with the ensemble. Band directors must mail their all-star nomination form and registration form no later than Friday, March 7.
Recorded audition recommended
We encourage each nominee to send a recorded audition (CD preferred). First chair aspirants must include a recorded audition. A recorded audition will be especially helpful to an outstanding student who has not participated regularly in solo/ensemble festivals (one of the main criterion for selection). An individual CD for each candidate is required if a recorded audition is sent.
Recordings should include a "contest" solo. Recordings will be returned on April 10 (or by mail if the student is not present). All nominated students will be notified, at their home addresses, of their participation status no later than March 21. John Mackey All-Star Band winners will receive music to prepare; All-Star Repertory Band winners will not need music in advance. All participants will be asked to pay a $10 fee when they arrive on April 10. Nominated students not placed in the all-star bands may still attend the conference free of charge.