All-State Jazz

Etudes are posted below; postmark deadline for all audition submissions will be March 1.


The Iowa All State Jazz Bands sponsored by JEI have provided hundreds of students an opportunity to interact with America's leading jazz educators and master musicians. Over the years, our Iowa All State Jazz Bands have served jazz students with a "spring board" to numerous exciting careers in the music field. Selection to these groups is by recorded (blind) audition. Students interested in applying will submit recordings of their playing using a prescribed - downloadable - etude, samples of improvisation and scales of their choosing.

Auditions must be postmarked March 1, 2017.

Application and Information

All State Jazz Audition Instructions 2016-17 (.docx)

All State Jazz Audition Instructions 2016-17 (.pdf)

All State Jazz Student Application Form - must be typed - Click Here (.docx)

All State Jazz Student Application Form - must be typed - Click Here (.pdf)


3A Band
4A Band
1A-2A Band

Tom Garling


Tom Garling’s career started at the age of twenty, when he joined Buddy Rich’s Big Band in 1986. Later, he joined Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1992, and in 1995 became Maynard’s Music Director until 1998. He maintains a busy performing schedule at premier jazz clubs and large venues in Chicago and around the world. His cutting edge playing and writing can be heard on numerous albums by Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, and more recently the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and the Chicago Yestet, to name a few. He has been in high demand in the music scene for almost 30 years as a performer, composer, arranger, director, recording artist, teacher and clinician.

John Kizilarmut


John Kizilarmut has performed with a wide range of artists and groups including Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Matt Wilson, Branford Marsalis, Logan Richardson, Clark Terry, New York Voices, Ana Gasteyer, Conspirare, Shirley Jones, DJ Starscream, and the Des Moines Symphony. He is a frequent guest performer, clinician, and adjudicator at percussion and jazz festivals throughout the midwest, including Texas, Iowa, and Nebraska Days of Percussion; Tallcorn, Cherokee, and Iowa City Jazz Festivals. In 2013, John was a featured artist along with with TOCA artist Jamal Mohamed and Marimba One artist Matthew Coley at the PASIC convention. He is also an active composer and arranger, and his works have been featured by many award winning music programs including the 2013 State Jazz champion Waukee High School Jazz Ensemble, Lake Central High School Band, several DCI Drum Corps, and the University of Texas percussion ensemble. As an educator, John has served as an adjunct faculty member at Drake University, Grinnell College, and Northwest Missouri State University. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife Nicole and son Evan. To find out more information or to contact John, visit

David Kobberdahl


David received his B.M.E. from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 1988 and his Master's degree at the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. He currently works as a Jazz Ensemble Director and Instrumental Music Instructor for the West Des Moines Comm. School District. In addition, David plays trumpet professionally as a member of the “Des Moines Big Band”, the Latin Jazz Group, “Ashanti”, the “Fred Gazzo Band” the Blues Band, “Old School”, and the Dance Band “Gruve”.