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

January 10-12, 2018
as part of the Indiana Education Music Association 2018 State Conference
Grand Wayne Convention Center / Embassy Theatre - Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Patrick Langham- All-State High School Jazz Ensemble

Patrick Langham is an experienced educator and performer with a 13-year career at the University of the Pacific. As Professor and Director of Jazz Studies, Langham has developed the University’s jazz studies degree programs from scratch. Under his leadership, Pacific has added three degree tracks in jazz - the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance and the BM in Jazz Composition, as well as the 3 Year Honors degree in Jazz Performance - and a Minor in Jazz Studies. Langham was also a co-founder in the creation of the Take Five Jazz Club in Stockton, and he is a regular performer at the club and throughout the region. He is also a sought-after clinician and adjudicator at high school and college jazz festivals across northern California.

Langham has worked closely with the Brubeck Institute during his time at Pacific, teaching classes to Brubeck Fellows, serving as a faculty member at the Brubeck Colony and the BI Jazz Camp, and serving as Education Director for the Institute during 2005-2006. In addition, Langham has helped coordinate guest artists for students in both the Jazz Studies program and BI Fellowship program.

Langham holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, both with a concentration in jazz studies, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before coming to Pacific, he taught at University of South Carolina Upstate (Spartanburg, SC) and Tusculum College (Knoxville, TN). As a saxophonist, he has performed with many distinguished jazz artists, including Lewis Nash, Bob Hurst, Donald Brown, Tom Harrell, Essiet Essiet, Terell Stafford, and Louis Hayes.

Josh Weirich– Junior All-State Jazz Ensemble

Saxophonist Josh Weirich is currently in his 17th year of teaching band at Zionsville Middle School.  As a graduate of both Ball State University and Butler University, Josh has been active in music education as well as the music performance community.  Prior to teaching in Zionsville, Josh played professionally for Carnival Cruise Lines and Cedar Point Amusement Park.  He has performed with the Temptations, The O’Jays, George Clinton & Parliament, The Four Freshmen, Sandi Patty, Randy Brecker, Five By Design, Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, MidCoast Swing Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Lawrence Welk Orchestra and many others.  In the Summer of 2000, Josh was a selected performer at the World Saxophone Congress in Montreal Quebec.  In 2001, he received a Grammy nomination for his performance of “Backburner” by Frank Ticheli on “Tribute to Adolf Sax” which was released by Arizona University Recordings. 

Josh spent 15 years as a member and featured soloist with the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra.  He continues to performs with rock and jazz groups all over the mid-west.  As a teacher Josh serves as band director and music department chair. He has been recognized as Zionsville Middle School’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2010, named a “Most Valuable Educator” in 2013 and 2014, and named “Most Influential Teacher” in 2013 and 2015 and recognized by the Indiana Association of School Principals as “Outstanding Educator” in 2016.  Josh was also a finalist for the Indiana Music Educator Association “Music Educator of the Year” in 2013.  During his tenure, Zionsville Middle School Bands have performed at festivals and competitions in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Florida.  In 2009 the ZMS Jazz Ensemble performed at the closing ceremony for the National Middle School Educator’s Conference.  They performed at the IMEA Professional Development Conference in 2009 and 2016. In addition to Josh’s teaching duties, he regularly assists with the Butler University Youth Jazz Program and currently serves as the Jazz Division chair on the IMEA board of Directors.  Josh loves spending time with his wife Katie, his three busy kids Brandt, Ethan and Cassie, and his trusty dog Dexter.

Audition Information

Audition Procedure

  • Directors must be members of IJEA in good standing
  • Students (with director and/or parental assistance) are to fill out the online registration form and pay the audition fee ($15 by check or $16 when using a credit card online).
ALL-STATE Jazz Application Form
(Available October 23rd)
JUNIOR ALL-STATE Jazz Application Form
(Available October 23rd)


  • Complete and detailed instruction on how to record and submit your recordings, please click on the document below:
All-State Jazz Ensemble Audition
and Recording Instructions
Junior All-State Jazz Ensemble Audition
and Recording Instructions
  • For students who do not have access to recording technology at their home or school, arrangements can be made to allow you to complete the audition. Several directors have already volunteered their services in this regard. To make these arrangements, please contact Pete Sampson at

Audition Timeline

October 23 - November 3, 2017: 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 20th.

All-State Audition Materials:

  • Please read the information contained in the PDFs below.  Please be sure to read the Audition Requirements listed above to make sure you include all of the required components listed in your recordings.
All-State Alto/Bari Sax
All-State Tenor Sax
All-State Trumpet
All-State Bass Trombone
All-State Guitar
All-State Piano
All-State Double Bass
All-State Vibraphone
High School All-State Backing track generously provided by
Audition Backing Track


Junior All-State Audition Materials:

  • Please read the information contained in the PDFs below.  Please be sure to read the Audition Requirements listed above to make sure you include all of the required components listed in your recordings.
Junior All-State Alto/Bari Sax
Junior All-State Tenor Sax
Junior All-State Trumpet
Junior All-State Piano
Junior All-State Guitar
Junior All-State Double Bass
Junior All-State Vibraphone
Wind Players
Audition Backing Track
Rhythm Section
Audition Backing Track

Performing Member Information

Coming Soon!