Audition Excerpts

Student musicians are encouraged to review the performances of these requirements on YouTube for guidance.

Big Jazz

Wind Players

1.  Prepared music (40 points) “A Question of Hope”  Antonio J. Garcia
2.  Improvisation (20 points) – Jamey Aebersold Vol 6, Track 1 – Now’s The Time/Billie’s Bounce 
     **ALL STUDENTS WILL IMPROVISE TWO CHORUSES OFF THIS TRACK
3.  Sight-reading (10 points)
4.  Stylistic Accuracy, Tone Quality and Intonation (30 points – 10 points per category)
5.  Players will be asked to perform a major scales to demonstrate range capabilities

Piano & Bass

1.  Prepared music (40 points)
2.  Improvisation (20 points) – Pianists should play self-accompanied solos, blues progression in the keys of Bb and F.  Bass players should also play alone. 
3.  Sight-reading (10 points) – Includes both written out part and chord symbol parts. 
4.  Stylistic Accuracy (10 points)
5.  Rhythmic Stability (20 points)

Guitar & Vibes

1.  Prepared music (40 points) “A Question of Hope”  Antonio J. Garcia
2.  Improvisation (20 points) – Follow same procedure as jazz winds.
3.  Sight-reading (10 points) – Includes both written out part and chord symbol parts. 
4.  Stylistic Accuracy (10 points)
5.  Rhythmic Stability (20 points) – Demonstrate ability to comp in swing and rock styles

Drums

1.  Prepared music (40 points) “A Question of Hope”  Antonio J. Garcia
2.  Improvisation (20 points)  Drummers will demonstrate improvisational ability by playing a medium fast, swing drum solo in a 12 bar blues format. The student should play four measures of swing followed by four measures of solo, going through at least two choruses.
3.  Sight-reading (10 points) Test will include at least two styles: Swing, Rock, Latin
4.  Stylistic Accuracy (10 points)
5.  Rhythmic Stability (20 points) – Demonstrate Swing (fast and slow), Latin (samba and bossa), Brushes (medium swing and ballads) and Funk 

Audition Excerpts