NORCAL Honor Band, Choir, Jazz Weekend

Northern California Band and Choir Directors NorCal Honor Groups

The NCBCDA Honor Groups event takes place February 2 – 4, 2023 at the Green Music Center. This event will feature 250 talented high school musicians from throughout Northern California. Students will be involved in three days of intensive rehearsals, culminating in a concert performance Saturday February 4th in Weill Hall.

Jazz Choir and Jazz Band Concert Performance 2:00 pm

Concert Choir and Concert Band Performance 4:00 pm

No tickets required | Parking Daily is $5

2023 NCBCDA Honor Group Conductors

Andy Collinsworth formal headshot
Dr. Andy Collinsworth,
Sonoma State University
Concert Band
Jenny Bent formal headshot
Dr. Jenny Bent,
Sonoma State University
Concert Choir


Dave Eshelman headshot with trombone
Dave Eshelman,
CSU East Bay (ret.)
Jazz Band
Kerry Marsh headshot
Kerry Marsh,
University of Idaho
Vocal Jazz



Two Armenian Dances                              Aram Khachaturian, arr. Clark McAllister, ed. Collinsworth

One Life Beautiful                                     Julie Giroux

The Wind in the Willows                           Johan de Meij

The High School Cadets                          John Philip Sousa



Tshotsholoza                                            Jeffrey Ames

Tutto Lo Di                                                Orlando di Lasso

Throw Open Your Shutters                       Amy Bernon

How Lovely are the Messengers              Felix Mendelssohn

O Love                                                      Elaine Hagenberg

Swing Down Chariot                                 André Thomas



Jazz Choir:

Air on a G String                                        Kerry March

Hurting Each Other                                    Arr. Peter Eldridge

Satellite                                                      Kerry Marsh

September in the Rain                               Arr. Kerry March

Signed, Sealed Delivered                          Arr. Kerry Marsh



Mystique                                                     David Eshelman

Catch Me Up                                              David Eshelman

Cherokee Sketches/Easy To Love             Cole Porter/Arr. Charlie Young

Question and Answer                                 Pat Metheny/Arr. David Eshelman

Rockin' In Rhythm                                       Duke Ellington



Thursday February 2

11:30am     Registration – Schroeder Lobby
12:30pm     Adjudicator's meeting GMC 1027

1:00 – 3:00pm

Band Auditions
Warm-up                            GMC 1028
Flutes/Piccolo                     GMC 2044
Dbl Reeds/BCI/Saxes         GMC 1045
Clarinets                              GMC 1051
Trumpets                             Schroeder
Horns                                   GMC 2052
Trombone                            GMC 1027
Euphonium/Tuba                  GMC 1026
Percussion Sectional GMC Dressing room or Weill Lobby

Jazz Band  – Green Room
Choir – Weill Hall

Vocal Jazz – Privé Room


3:00 – 5:00pm

Band – Weill

Jazz Band – Green
Choir – Schroeder

Vocal Jazz – Privé


5:00 – 6:30pm          DINNER BREAK

6:30 – 9:00pm

Band – Weill

Jazz Band – GMC 1029
Choir – Schroeder (opt. sectionals)

Vocal Jazz – Privé


Friday February 3

9:00 – 11:30am

Band – Weill

Jazz Band – Green
Choir – Schroeder

Vocal Jazz – Privé


11:30 – 1:00pm          LUNCH BREAK

1:00 – 3:00pm

Band – Weill

Jazz Band – Green
Choir – Schroeder

Vocal Jazz – Privé


3:15 – 4:30pm          Performances by SSU Ensembles in Weill
3:15 – 3:45pm          SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble
4:00 – 4:30pm          SSU SonoVoce

5:00 – 7:00pm

Band – GMC 1028

Jazz Band – Green
Choir – Weill

Vocal Jazz – Privé


Saturday February 4

9:00 – 12:30pm

Band – GMC 1028 (9:00 – 12:30)
Choir – Schroeder (9:00 – 12:30)


9:00 – 10:30am

Jazz Band – Weill
Vocal Jazz – Privé


9:30 – 11:15am

NCBCDA General Session GMC 1027

11:00 – 12:30pm

Jazz Band – Green
Vocal Jazz – Weill


2:00 – 3:15          CONCERT: Vocal Jazz & Jazz Band – Weill

4:00 – 5:45          CONCERT: Choir & Band – Weill

Green Music Center
Date and Time Ticket Link
Thursday, February, 2, 2023, 3:00pm to Saturday, February, 4, 2023, 6:00pm