Audition Information

•Audition material for saxophones/trumpets/trombones/other non-rhythm section instruments:
1)
Prepare an etude/transcription/melody that best demonstrates you current musical and technical ability on you instrument, preferably in the jazz style. I suggest a jazz solo transcription such as from the Charlie Parker Omnibook or a jazz style exercise such as those by Lennie Niehaus. Anything will do, but this is your chance to pick something you are comfortable with in order to show off.
2) Play selected passage(s) from required audition piece. (Available in music office Monday Spetember 15, 2003)
3) Sight read one or two passages from standard big band/jazz ensemble repertoire.
4) Play an improvised solo over your pick of changes. I would prefer Blues in B-flat or F. This is optional, but encouraged. I will accompany you on piano or vibes.

•Pianists and guitarists will be asked to do the above with the addition of sight reading single lines as well as chord symbols. A guitar amp will be provided. Please bring your own cords.

•Bassists will be asked to do the above with the addition of sight reading written bass lines and constructing bass lines over chord changes. A bass amp will be provided. Please bring your own cords.

•Drummers will be asked to do the following (a drumset will be provided but please bring your own sticks):
1) Play selected passage(s) from required audition piece. (Available in music office at start of quarter.)
2) Sight reading from the standard big band/jazz ensemble repertoire.
3) Play a variety of styles (bossa, swing, samba, mambo, rock/funk, etc.)
4) Trade 4šs and 8šs in both jazz and rock styles
5) Play a short improvised drum solo (optional)

•Vocalists will be auditioned during the first full week of school. I would like for you to prepare two songs of differing styles. Scat singing is optional but encouraged. You must bring lead sheets in your key for me to accompany you. If this is a problem, please contact the director.