Montage:  2014 Cal Poly All-State Music Festival


High school musicians from across California participate in 21st annual event

Each year, Cal Poly invites the best high school musicians in California to audition for a spot in one of the regions top honor band festivals. Organized by university faculty members Andrew McMahan and Paul Rinzler, the 2014 festival featured over 80 student musicians from 63 different high schools across the state. This included 55 new participants, selected from over 100 auditions.

Based upon student preference and audition, each musician is placed into one of two performing ensembles: The festival wind orchestra (a large symphonic band) or the festival jazz band. The festival wind orchestra was conducted by Dr. Thomas Lee, professor emeritus and recently retired director of bands at the University of California, Los Angeles. The festival jazz band was directed by Mary Fettig, a successful saxophonist and jazz educator based in San Francisco.

Participants arrive on Friday afternoon and enjoy a concert by the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble and University Jazz Band I. Saturday consists of rehearsals and other activities such as the optional solo competition. The festival concludes with a private banquet on campus followed by a performance featuring the two festival ensembles in the beautiful San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center. Students stay Friday and Saturday night at the new San Luis Obispo Hampton Inn and Suites and are shuttled to and from campus by Silverado and AmericanStar coach services.

The Cal Poly Iota Pi chapter of the honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi coordinates the festival and provides logistical support for the entire weekend. The festival coordinator this year was Alex Jacobius and the assistant festival coordinator was Rose Doylemason.

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