All-State High School and Junior All-State Jazz Ensemble

January 15-17, 2020
as part of the Indiana Education Music Association 2020 State Conference
Grand Wayne Convention Center / Embassy Theatre - Ft. Wayne, Indiana


Scott Belck- All-State High School Jazz Ensemble

Dr. Scott Belck currently serves as the Director of Jazz Studies, the Division Head of Ensembles and Conducting, and Professor of Music at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he directs the CCM Jazz Orchestra and teaches applied Jazz Trumpet. He is a founding member of critically acclaimed Tromba Mundi contemporary trumpet ensemble and has toured as a member of Grammy Award winning funk legend Bootsy Collins’ Funk Unity Band as lead trumpet. He has served as trumpet and cornet soloist with the Air Force Band of Flight in Dayton, Ohio where he also held the post of musical director for the Air Force Night Flight Jazz Ensemble.

He is the Founding the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. On Monday nights in Cincinnati, he serves as lead trumpet and musical director for the new Flying Circus Big Band featuring drummer “Baron” John Von Ohlen. His playing credits include recordings lead trumpet/guest soloist with the Cincinnati Pops featuring the Manhattan Transfer and John Pizzarelli, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Van Dells, and jazz soloist with the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band with whom he recorded four CDs as jazz soloist and section trumpet.


Mark O'Connor – Junior All-State Jazz Ensemble

Since 1996, University of Indianapolis Director of Jazz Studies Mark O'Connor has been an active performer, composer, and educator throughout the Midwest. His current CD, Suspended Reality, has received airplay throughout the U.S. and Europe garnering such praise as "O'Connor and colleagues, heard on Suspended Reality are sophisticated soloists and ensemble players. He shows great skill as a saxophonist and is someone to keep an eye on in future." - Michael Steinman, Cadence Magazine, and "O'Connor's tenor is meaty enough to channel the jazz tradition, but modern enough to capture the yearning vulnerabilities of his own time" - Neil Tesser, Chicago Jazz Music Examiner. In addition to performing at such venues as the Jazz Education Network Annual Conference, the Jazz Kitchen, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, and the Jazz Showcase, O'Connor has shared the stage with Bob Mintzer, Rufus Reid, Arturo Sandoval, Dan Haerle, Kenny Phelps, and many more.

O' Connor has served as guest artist and clinician for the jazz programs at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as many Chicago, St Louis, and Indianapolis area high schools. O'Connor holds a Doctorate degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, a Master's degree in Saxophone Performance from Eastern Illinois University, and a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. O'Connor's former teachers include Maynard Ferguson alums Chip McNeill and Chip Stephens, world-renown jazz educators Dan Haerle and Fred Hamilton, New Orleans piano luminary Henry Butler, and Chicago pianist and producer of Suspended Reality, Mark Maegdlin.



Audition Information

Audition Timeline

The Audition Window Has Passed!

October 21 - November 8, 2019: All All-State Jazz Audition recordings and applications will be accepted. (late auditions will NOT be accepted!!)

Results from selection committee will be posted on website on or around November 25th.


Performing Member Information


Congratulation to all of the students that auditioned for the 2020 IJEA All-State Jazz Bands.

2020 All-State Jazz Bands Roster

2020 Junior All-State Music

2020 All-State Music