High School Jazz Band

High School Jazz Band

2018-19

Jazz Audition Material

For all instruments except drumset: A New Approach to Jazz Improvisation, Volume 7, "Miles Davis" Volume 7 by Jamey Aebersold.

For drumset: "Rhythm Section Workout" Volume 30B by Jamey Aebersold.

Horn Auditions (Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone)
  1. Chromatic scale, using quarter notes at exactly quarter note equals 120. Students are to slur up and tongue down the full range of the instrument.
  2. "Four" - Play melody through one time (first five lines), including first and second endings, total of 32 measures. Then improvise for one full chorus, (32 measures) if you wish, for the optional improvisation portion of the audition.
  3. "Milestones" - Play melody one time through; including the repeat of the first eight measures.
  4. Sight Reading

Optional Lead Trumpet Audition (in addition to above material)
  1. Set the metronome to 80 and play a one-octave F major scale ascending in quarter notes, starting on the top line of the staff.
  2. Play provided lead trumpet part (contact district Jazz chair for part).

Bass Trombone Audition (in addition to above material)
  1. Set the metronome to 80 and play a one-octave B-flat major scale, descending in quarter notes, starting on second-line B-flat.
  2. Play provided bass trombone part (contact district Jazz chair for part).

Rhythm Section Auditions

Piano
  1. "Four" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play written melody and provide a chordal accompaniment for one full chorus; then play one full chorus (32 measures) of an improvised solo.
  2. "Milestones" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play one full chorus (32 measures) of the written melody with the right hand while providing an appropriate chordal accompaniment with the left hand.
  3. Sight reading

Guitar
  1. "Four" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play written melody for one full chorus (32 measures); then provide a chordal accompaniment for one full chorus; and finally, play one full chorus (32 measures) of an improvised solo.
  2. "Milestones" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play written melody for one full chorus (32 measures); then play a chordal accompaniment for one chorus.
  3. Sight reading

Bass
  1. "Four" - Using the right channel only (piano & drums), play written melody only for one full chorus (32 measures); then provide a walking bass line for one full chorus; and finally, play one full chorus of an improvised solo.
  2. "Milestones" - Using the right channel only (piano & drums), play one chorus of a bass line (appropriate to accompany the melody).
  3. Sight reading

Drums
Using the right channel only of Jamie Aebersold Volume 30B, play the following excerpts:
  1. "Tippin' Time" - Play the first two choruses (24 measures)
  2. "Fast Mode Al" - Play the first melody chorus only (40 measures)
  3. "Reflection" - Using brushes, play the beginning to letter B (8 measures)
  4. "Samba de Luvsme" - Play the introduction, first melody chorus, and the introduction restatement.
  5. Sight reading
 
Chairperson
Joel Wagoner
Overland Park Blue Valley North HS
12200 Lamar Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66209
c: 620-245-4211


Assistant Chair: Cheryl Lee