High School Jazz Band

High School Jazz Band Audition Excerpts

2020-21

For all instruments except drumset: A New Approach to Jazz Improvisation, Volume 13, Cannonball Adderley, by Jamey Aebersold, 1211 Aebersold Drive, New Albany, IN 47150.

For drumset: Ultimate Drumset Reading Anthology, by Steve Houghton (Alfred Publications) All auditions will be performed with accompaniment play along recordings.


Horn Auditions

  1. Chromatic scale, using quarter notes at the metronome marking of 120 beats per minute. Students are to slur up and tongue down the full range of the instrument.
  2. "Unit 7" - Play melody one time through.
  3. "Work Song" - Play the melody twice through.
  4. Optional Improvisation on "Work Song" - After playing the melody twice through, continue for two full improvised choruses. This effort is optional, but highly encouraged.
  5. Sightreading
Optional Lead Trumpet Audition (in addition to above material)
  1. Play a one-octave F major scale ascending in quarter notes at quarter note equals MM 80, starting on the top line of the staff.
  2. Play provided lead trumpet part (Download)
Optional Bass Trombone Audition (in addition to above material)
  1. Play a one-octave B-flat major scale, descending in quarter notes at quarter note equals MM 80, starting on second-line B-flat.
  2. Play provided bass trombone part (Download)

Rhythm Section Auditions

Piano
  1. "Unit 7" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums) of the stereo play along recording, play one chorus of right-hand melody with left-hand accompaniment, followed by one chorus of two-handed chordal accompaniment.
  2. "Work Song" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play two choruses of the right-handed melody with an appropriate left-hand chordal accompaniment. Optional: Continue for two more choruses of improvisation.
  3. Sight reading
Guitar
  1. "Unit 7" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play the melody for one chorus, followed by one chorus of appropriate chordal accompaniment.
  2. "Work Song" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play a chordal accompaniment for two choruses. Start at the beginning of the track again; this time using left and right channels; play the melody twice through. Optional: Continue for two more choruses of improvisation.
  3. Sight reading
Bass
  1. "Unit 7" - Using only the right channel (piano & drums), play the melody for one chorus followed by an appropriate bass line for one chorus.
  2. "Work Song" - Using the right channel only (piano & drums), play two times through the melody then two choruses of a bass line (appropriate to accompany the melody). Optional: Continue for two choruses with an improvised solo.
  3. Sight reading
Drums
Play the following with the accompaniment CD (turn the drum channel off).
  1. "Basie, Straight Ahead" - Play from the beginning to letter F.
  2. "I'll Never Smile Again" - Play from the beginning through measure 34.
  3. "Rio Rhythm" - Play the first 32 measures.
  4. "Fall Leaves" - Play the first 32 measures.
  5. "Voyage Home" - Play from the beginning through the first ending.
  6. Sight reading
 
Chairperson
Joel Wagoner
Overland Park Blue Valley North HS
12200 Lamar Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66209
c: 620-245-4211

Important Dates - HS Jazz Band
Sep. 8, 2020 - Tue
Annual Business Meeting
Gardner-Edgerton HS
Oct. 13, 2020 - Tue
Registration deadline — HS Band/Jazz, 7th/8th Band
Oct. 27, 2020 - Tue
Audition registration - Late deadline #1 — HS Band, HS Jazz
Nov. 4, 2020 - Wed
Audition registration - Late deadline #2 — All HS Ensembles
Video entries due by this date (late entries will not be accepted)
Nov. 4, 2020 - Wed
HS Honor Group Video Audition Entry Deadline
Late entries will not be accepted
Nov. 7, 2020 - Sat
HS Honor Group Recorded Audition Judging
Gardner-Edgerton HS
ECKMEA chairs, judges, room monitors, & tabulators only (no students)
Dec. 5, 2020 - Sat
ECKMEA Mini-Conventions
Choir: Shawnee Mission NWHS
Orchestra: Olathe West HS (new site)
Band: Blue Valley HS

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