All-State Jazz


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.

Results are posted below.

2017 Results

1/2A All-State Jazz Band Selected 2017

Austin Griswold (Earlham) – 1/2A Selected Lead Alto

Cecelia Hemsworth (Winfield-Mt. Union) – 1/2A Selected 2nd Alto

Johnny Hartleip (Hudson) – 1/2A Selected Lead Tenor

Hannah Roberts (Okoboji) – 1/2A Selected 2nd Tenor

Niomie Egesdal (Okoboji) – 1/2A Selected Bari Sax

Benjamin (Maple Valley-Anthon Oto) – 1/2A Selected Trumpet 1

Luke Thompson (Okoboji) – 1/2A Selected Trumpet 2

Abby Kraemer (Alta-Aurelia) – 1/2A Selected Trumpet 3

Ashley Kruse (Winfield-Mt. Union) – 1/2A Selected Trumpet 4

Drew Werkmeister (South O'Brien) – 1/2A Selected Trumpet 5

Joseph Kovarna (Maple Valley-Anthon Oto) – 1/2A Selected 1st Bone

Ty Waters (Mid-Prairie) – 1/2A Selected 2nd Bone

Kaylie Clow (Manson Northwest Webster) – 1/2A Selected 3rd Bone

Natthanial Devick (Woodward-Granger) – 1/2A Selected 4th Bone

Kameron Brown (St. Edmond Catholic) – 1/2A Selected 5th Bone

Madeleine Hartleip (Hudson)​ – 1/2A Selected Piano

April Welle (Okoboji)​ – 1/2A Selected Vibes

Gage Wiggins (Tri-Center)​ – 1/2A Selected Guitar

Stephen Woolcott (Earlham)​ – 1/2A Selected Bass

Jac Munson (North Mahaska)​ – 1/2A Selected Drum Set

1/2A Alternates All-State Jazz Band 2017:​

Marie Ohlinger (Tri-Center)​ – 1/2A Alternate Alto

Alexis Stuhrenberg (Manson Northwest Webster)​ – 1/2A Alternate Tenor

NiKayla Aguirre (Maple Valley-Anthon Oto)​ – 1/2A Bari Sax Alternate

Jason Hinkeldey (Alta-Aurelia)​ – 1/2A Alternate Trumpet

Joel Whitmore (Calamus-Wheatland)​ – 1/2A Alternate Vibes

Lydia Lee (West Lyon)​ – 1/2A Alternate Piano

3A All-State Jazz Band Selected 2017

Aminn Ellis (Mt. Pleasant) – ​3A Selected Alto Sax 1

Alan Holloway (Harlan) – ​3A Selected Alto Sax 2

Everett Wegge (Decorah) – ​3A Selected Tenor Sax 1

Trever Linkin (Mt. Pleasant) – ​3A Selected Tenor Sax 2

Fidel Martinez-Greer (Harlan) – ​3A Selected Bari Sax

John Hammes (Oskaloosa) – ​3A Selected Trumpet 1

Andrew Piper (Marion) – ​3A Selected Trumpet 2

Jenny Weisenborn (Harlan) – ​3A Selected Trumpet 3

Caleb Burken (Xavier) – ​3A Selected Trumpet 4

Caroline Reyner (Independence) – ​3A Selected Trumpet 5

Hayden Wahlstrom (Marion) – ​3A Selected Lead Bone

Xavier Smith (Harlan) – ​3A Selected 2nd Bone

Cameron Blom (Pella) – ​3A Selected 3rd Bone

Kellen Schmidt (Algona) – ​3A Selected 4th Bone

Jonah Crilly(Dallas Center-Grimes) – ​3A Selected Bass Bone

Holly Reyner (Independence) – ​3A Selected Piano

Paul Zelle (Waverly Shell Rock) – ​3A Selected Guitar

McKenna Wilson (Independence) – ​3A Selected Vibes

Dawson Schmidt (Marion) – ​3A Selected Bass

Fay Porter (Harlan) – ​3A Selected #1 Drum Set

Quinton Nespor (Gilbert) – ​3A Selected #2 Drum Set

3A Alternates All-State Jazz Band 2017:​

Austin Piper (Marion) – ​3A Alternate Alto Sax

Gabe Madson (Harlan) – ​3A Alternate Tenor Sax

Jamie Thompson (Vinton-Shellsburg) – ​3A Alternate Bone

Anderson Coates (Marion) – ​3A Alternate Guitar

Anna Cox (Algona) – ​3A Alternate Vibes

Martin Benesh (Mount Vernon) – ​3A Alternate Bass

Logan Musel (Clear Lake) – ​3A Alternate Drum Set

4A All-State Jazz Band 2017

Cole Peterson (Valley) – ​4A Selected Alto 1

Kyle Burgess (Johnston) – ​4A Selected Alto 2

Noah Welch (Valley) – ​4A Selected Tenor Sax 1

Elliott Britt (Waukee) – ​4A Selected Tenor Sax 2

Noah Berthusen (Waukee) – ​4A Selected Bari Sax

Mason O'Brien (Valley) – ​4A Selected Split-Lead Trumpet

Joey Schnoebelen (Iowa City High) – ​4A Selected Split-Lead Trumpet

Caleb Kleman (CR Washington) – ​4A Selected Trumpet 3

Davis Dalton (Waukee) – ​4A Selected Trumpet 4

Kaelyn Brooks (Waukee) – ​4A Selected Trumpet 5

Alex Ertl (Waukee) – ​4A Selected 1st Bone

Joseph Stoltz (Iowa City High) – ​4A Selected 2nd Bone

Robert Kaman (Urbandale) – ​4A Selected 3rd Bone

Ben Dunkerton (Waterloo West) – ​4A Selected 4th Bone

Daniel Slaughter (Waukee) – ​4A Selected Bass Bone

Ned Furlong (Iowa City West) – ​4A Selected Piano

Daniel Burgess (Iowa City West) – ​4A Selected Guitar

Jilly Cooke (Iowa City High) – ​4A Selected Vibes

Michael Gedden (Johnston) – ​4A Selected Bass

Andrew Gjersvik (SE Polk) – ​4A Selected #1 Drum Set

Jakhari Durham (Valley) – ​4A Selected #2 Drum Set

4A Alternates for All-State Jazz 2017​

Quinn Adajar (SC North) – ​4A Alternate Alto

Tom Altier (Johnston) – ​4A Alternate Tenor Sax

William Sims (Cedar Falls) – ​4A Alternate Bari Sax

Matthew Polson (SE Polk) – ​4A Alternate Trumpet

Kolbe Schnoebelen (Iowa City High) – ​4A Alternate Section Bone

Wade Carter (Iowa City High) – ​4A Alternate Bass Bone

Levi Pugh (Iowa City High) – ​4A Alternate Piano

Sean Chi (Iowa City West) – ​4A Alternate Vibes

Sophie Roberts (Ames) – ​4A Alternate Bass

Brandon Fox (Waterloo West) – ​4A Alternate Drum Set


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1A-2A Band
3A Band

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”.

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.