Fellow Members of MMEA:
As more and more schools are unfortunately moving to some form of remote learning, the MMEA Auditions Committee recognizes this will likely create a significant challenge for percussion students in recording the Tanner multiple percussion solo for the BOC All-State audition. In an effort to encourage students to submit audition videos and to provide an equitable opportunity, the Board has approved the following change to the percussion audition requirement:
- The Tanner solo is OPTIONAL.
- All-State acceptance in percussion will ONLY be based on the main instrument score: snare, timpani or mallet.
- Students can submit the Tanner solo for judge feedback and the managers may use these results for part assignment for the virtual piece(s).
To implement this change, the percussion judges will listen to the Tanner solo and give feedback only AFTER the percussion roster has been made based on the main instrument solo audition. This would allow judges to be more objective in their scoring and not take the additional information into consideration. After the roster has been made, the Tanner recording could help the manager assign parts, but not hinder a student’s chances of making it into the ensemble in the first place.
If you have any questions about this change, please contact Band VP, Bill Buzza: firstname.lastname@example.org.