All-State High School Jazz Ensemble

Clarence Hines, trombonist2025 ALL-STATE JAZZ CLINICIAN: Clarence Hines, trombonist, composer, arranger, educator

Clarence Hines is an accomplished trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator with a diverse musical career. He has performed alongside internationally acclaimed artists and groups including Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, John Pizzarelli, David Sanborn, Maceo Parker, Diane Schuur, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis, Josh Groban, The Temptations, The OJays, The Harry James Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Clarence has graced stages at renowned music festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and at venues around the world.

In addition to being a seasoned performer, Clarence is also a higly-respected composer and arranger whose arrangements have been recognized by DownBeat magazine. His music has been performed and recorded by both professional and collegiate ensembles around the world. His recent works were premiered at prestigious venues such as the Tanglewood Music Festival, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, World Association of Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference in Spain, and the Strings Music Festival in Colorado.

Clarence currently serves as the Director of the School of Music at the University of North Florida, where he also is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies. Clarence has previously taught at the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies and the Tritone Fantasy Jazz Camp. He is currently a jazz faculty member in the Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s Summer Music Academy. Clarence is an artist/clinician for Conn-Selmer and he plays C.G. Conn and King Trombones exclusively.

All-State Program for the Jazz Ensemble: TBA

LMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble – 2023

There is a single live monitored audition for All-State Jazz Ensemble. Auditions will be recorded by the District Director or the district’s Jazz Chair and submitted to the All-State Jazz Division Chair as an mp3 file for adjudication.

District directors will verify that teachers of all students participating in these auditions are current members of LMEA.

DEADLINES for 2024-25:

  • District Deadlines – District Directors will provide procedural information and set the deadline for receiving checks and student information from schools in their district. This deadline may be before the state’s deadline.
  • Saturday, September 28, 2024 – Deadline for completion of all auditions and the receipt of all student registrations and audition fees by the district director or his/her designee.
  • Monday, October 14, 2024 (by 11:59 pm) – Results for the High School All-State Jazz Ensemble will be posted online. Registration forms for students selected to an ensemble will be opened once rosters are posted.
  • Monday, October 28, 2024 (by 11:59pm) – Deadline for All-State registration for students selected to a high school ensemble must be completed. Academic Award forms (if eligible) are also due.

If you have a question that the district director cannot answer, please email Doug Stone, LMEA Jazz Division Chair, at