Jazz band rehearsing

Audition Information for Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble placement auditions take place in the fall the first week of school for placement for the academic year.

 

Ensemble Meeting Times

  • Concert Jazz Band (MTWRF  12:00-12:50 PM)
  • Repertory Jazz Orchestra (MTWR  2:00-2:50 PM)
  • Jazz Band III (TR  3:00-4:20 PM)
  • Jazz Band IV (TR  4:30-5:20 PM)
  • Latin Jazz Ensemble (MW  4:00-4:50 PM)
  • Jazz Guitar Ensemble (F  4:00-5:50 PM)
  • Jazz Saxophone Ensemble (F 2:00-3:50 PM)
  • Jazz Trombone Ensembles (MW  6:00-7:20 PM / 7:30-8:50 PM)
  • Jazz Vocal Ensemble (MW  3:00-4:50 PM)
  • Small Jazz Ensembles/Combos (various times)

 

GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION
FALL 2019 - NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS 

Contact the individual studio teacher for your voice/instrument if you have a question.  There will be sign-up sheets on faculty doors in Smith Memorial Hall for you to sign up for an audition day/time.
 

SAXOPHONE AUDITION INFORMATION
Contact Chip McNeill

The audition will consist of sight-reading some jazz charts and improvising on a blues in the key of your choice and improvising on one of these jazz standards: “All The Things You Are” in A-flat, “Just Friends” in F or G, “Stella By Starlight” in B-flat.

JAZZ VOICE AUDITION INFORMATION
Contact Barrington Coleman

Jazz Voice Information and Form (to be filled in and brought to the audition).

Auditions for the JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE, vocal combos, and possible placement in a big band or Latin Jazz Ensemble are scheduled by appointment with Barrington Coleman.   

BRASS AUDITION INFORMATION
TRUMPETS: Contact Tito Carrillo
TROMBONES: Contact Jim Pugh

The audition will consist of a prepared piece of your choice (can be a classical or jazz etude, performance piece, etc…), sight-reading drawn from typical big band charts and improvisation (if you wish improvising is optional). Some scales may be asked for as well.

PIANO/VIBES AUDITION INFORMATION
Contact John “Chip” Stephens

The audition will consist of sight-reading some jazz charts and improvising on one of these jazz standards: “All The Things You Are” in A-flat, “Just Friends” in F or G, and “Stella By Starlight” in B-flat. The following repertoire is required of all students auditioning:

  • Blues in the key of F - melody plus improvising & comping.
  • B-flat Rhythm changes – melody plus improvising & comping. (Pianists, guitarist and vibraphonists must demonstrate their ability to comp effectively on the above material.  Bassists must demonstrate their ability to walk bass lines on the above material.
  • A solo composition of your choice; jazz standard, ballad, original etc.
  • Sight reading

GUITAR AUDITION INFORMATION
Contact Larry Gray

There is an amplifier in the room for your use, so please do not bring one.

Audition repertoire, please prepare to the best of your abilities:

  • Gone with the Wind
  • Wave
  • Ornithology
  • Sight-reading

BASS AUDITION INFORMATION
Contact Larry Gray

Electric bassists do not need to bring an amp; one will be provided at the audition.

Audition repertoire, please prepare the following the best of your abilities. For each tune, present a full performamce- walk, solo, head unless otherwise indicated. (For #1 and #2 play in 2 and in 4 along with solo and head).

  • All The Things You Are
  • Softly As In a Morning Sunrise
  • Rhythm Changes (up tempo walking only) (Oleo is one example)
  • Sight-reading

DRUMS/PERCUSSION AUDITION INFORMATION
Contact Joel Spencer

Audition Materials:

  • Be prepared to play in a variety of styles, tempi, and time signatures, including jazz, rock, funk, waltz time and other odd meters, and various Latin styles.
  • Demonstrate current ability to play over various song forms including trading and soloing.
  • Perform sight-reading demonstrations from large and small jazz ensemble charts and lead sheets.
  • Demonstrate current familiarity with jazz literature.
  • Demonstrate current brush techniques.

Please bring cymbals, sticks, and brushes to your audition. Drums and hardware are provided.  Additionally, prospective ensemble members may be asked to perform in sample rhythm sections with bass, piano, and/or guitar players for ensemble placement.