Jazz Band


Please make certain you are using a NEW (2018-19 version) of ATSSB All State Jazz Audition Set “C” from Mattei Music. https://www.matteimusicservices.com/

The audition material has been edited this year. Prior editions are incorrect and will probably not line up with the recorded tracks. Also please make certain you DO NOT use the MIDI track accompaniments. All accompaniments should be from the CD (or New MP3 Downloads), furthermore, they should be marked as “AUDITION CUTS” for the specific instrument. Printed audition parts are marked as USE THIS PART FOR AUDITION. Please do not use any of the parts marked “NOT FOR AUDITION”.  This year’s selections include Every Now and Zen, Sweat Zoot, and Bb Blues for Improv.


Mark De Hertogh to conduct the 2024 TPSMEA All-State Jazz Band


Mark De Hertogh, a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, is an Associate Director of the Jazz Program and MS Jazz Coordinator at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. Prior to GPFAA, Mark served in the same capacity at Plano Senior HS in Plano, TX and Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas. The Paschal Jazz Ensemble, under De Hertogh’s direction, performed by invitation at the prestigious 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, The Jazz Educators Network Conference as well as performing live on FOX 4’s Good Day program.

Mr. De Hertogh earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. While at the University of North Texas, Mark served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in Jazz Saxophone and Jazz Chamber Music as well as touring the U.S. and Europe as a member of the six-time GRAMMY nominated UNT One O’Clock Lab Band. In addition, Mark has performed with numerous artists and entertainers including John Mosca, Denis DiBlasio, Lyle Mays, Wayne Bergeron, Tim Ries, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Darcy James Argue, Ravi Coltrane, Bob Curnow, George Colligan, Justin Stanton, and the Tommy Dorsey

Mark’s recordings include the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band’s Lab 2010 and Lab 2011, The UNT Zebra’s Flamenco Jazz Project (DownBeat Award Winner), and The Sax Chamber Orchestra’s America Remembers.

De Hertogh has twice presented clinics on jazz pedagogy and advocacy at TMEA and is a Past President of the Texas Jazz Educators Association and Chair of the TMEA All-State Jazz Tenor Saxophone panel. In addition to his teaching duties, Mark created the Plano Jazz Invitational which became a premiere jazz festival in North Texas. Mark continues to be an active clinician and in-demand professional saxophonist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and serves as an Educational
Ambassador for JL Woodwinds in New York City.

Mark resides in Plano, TX with his wife Kelly (Director of Bands at Lebanon Trail HS in Frisco) and their three cats Murphy, Marbles and Arroyo.


TPSMEA 2023-2024 All State Jazz Audition Music Cuts from Year C


Track 1-Every Now and Zen.

Play from the beginning through measure 63.


Track 2 Sweat Zoot.

Play from the beginning through measure 56.


Track 3-Bb Blues for Improv.

Please note that the audition parts for Riff Rovisation are marked as “C-Instrument”, “Bb-Instrument”, “Eb-Instrument”, “Bass-Clef Instrument” and “Drum Set”.   

Drummers should follow the chart from the beginning to the end, following instructions on the chart (Intro, Play time 1st chorus m13, Catch Figures, Solo 12 Bars on 2nd Chorus, Catch Horn Figures on 3rd Chorus Solo Fill in between, Fill and Button the last measure.



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Additional Information:

Submission deadline date and other info will be posted in August/September

All recordings should be made so that the judges can hear both the student and the background tracks. Please use the appropriate track for each instrument as marked on the CD that came with your music set.

There are various ways of recording your students that will yield an acceptable audition. I use a handheld digital recorder and play the accompaniment CD over the band hall stereo. A trial run will let the student know how to adjust his or her volume level. My recorder allows me to dump all tracks into iTunes, where I group them by student, select the appropriate tracks, make a playlist and upload the audition. Please remember to test-play all of your final audition once you have upload them to OpusEvent.

Use OpusEvent to register and upload your mp3 files for the audition

Send money/checks to Ron and please notate that it’s for All State Jazz Band Auditions

TPSMEA Jazz Vice President

For information about All-State Jazz Try-outs contact:

Jeremy Knight

Prestonwood Christian Academy North