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2019 All-State Band Audition Guide

Welcome from the creator, Tyler Vahldick

Welcome to my new website! This guide to the All-State Band audition process is meant for both students and parents. I will walk you through each required étude and every aspect of your technical, musical and mental preparation, and I'll provide insight into what to expect on the day of the audition and in the weeks leading up to it. 

I started this project several years ago to show students how local professional musicians prepare and execute the All-State Band audition études. Everything you hear is a live recording and similar to an audition environment.  I’m truly thankful and humbled by my Kansas City Symphony St. Louis, and UMKC colleagues who took the time to practice and record for this project. It’s a rare opportunity to be able to watch and listen to these world class musicians “audition” live, just like you will for All-District, All-Suburban, and All-State this December. I take with great pride that I went through the Missouri All-State Band audition process all four years of high school, and I've found that the personal gains I made in the process have continued to benefit me throughout my career. I hope the same will be true for you! 



My former student Tyler Vahldick has created a great resource for any high school musician who aspires to become an All-State player. These live recordings by my extraordinary musician colleagues are great model for any young player, and helpful suggestions are provided to aid in preparation for the All-State audition. Listen and learn, and let Tyler help you become a member of one of your state’s fantastic All-State ensembles!
— Roger Oyster, Principal Trombone, Kansas City Symphony, Professor of Trombone/Euphonium, University of Central Missouri

This set of recordings is a tremendous resource for area band directors and students. Tyler lays out some very helpful tips on how to approach the individual etudes and the audition process as a whole. Getting started early with a proper concept of the end goal is crucial in making the all-state ensemble and Tyler serves it up on a silver platter. I highly recommend this valuable resource!  
— Eric Matzat, President, Palen Music Center, Inc. (and Tyler's high school band director)
Spread the word! This is a terrific resource for high school trombonists. Tyler Vahldick has filled a need that has existed for a long time. The recordings of the audition pieces are first-rate. It’s good to not only hear them played perfectly, but also to see how a professional trombonist uses his trombone. The practice guidance that he writes is outstanding.I will tell every high school trombonist and band director I know that this is THE resource for trombonists who are auditioning for the Missouri All-State ensembles.
— Tim Myers, Principal Trombone, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra