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Proudly sponsored by Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society, the ensemble is a new auditioned outreach program for high school students in Las Cruces and the greater Mesilla Valley.


Directed by Pancho Romero and Roman Chip


Audition Criteria:

  1. Must be currently enrolled in a high school jazz program, orchestra or by private teacher recommendation if home-schooled or enrolled in a private school.

  2. Must maintain a minimum GPA of a 3.0.

  3. Must attend all rehearsals: Sundays 3-5 p.m., rehearsal location TBA.

  4. Students not in the rhythm section, must provide their own instruments. Drummer must provide cymbals.

  5. Please record your audition and upload it as a private YouTube video. Send and a link to the video. If you need assistance with creating a YouTube channel or uploading a video, please contact Dr. Romero (

  6. Audition material is that of NMMEA Jazz All State audition material for 2024.

    • Chromatic Scale, Swing, Funk, improvisation with backing tracks only.

    • We will also accept 2023 audition materials.


Please follow the links below to access the 2023/2024 All-State audition materials. à


Auditions are due no later than August 20th at midnight!


Instrumentation for the YJO:

Alto 1. Alto 2, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Bari. Sax

Bass (upright preferred)

Trombone 1, T-bone 2, T-bone 3, Bass Bone


Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trumpet 3, Trumpet 4



Aux. percussion including vibes

Cost: $20 per month paid biannually (scholarships available for those with financial need)

The first rehearsal is August 27th at 3 p.m. at the NMSU Jazz Rehearsal Room 204 in the Music Center.

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