Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone Auditions:
Sight reading music in ballad, medium and fast swing, and in straight eighth funk/Latin styles.
Evaluations are in areas of tone quality, intonation, time feel, note accuracy, and jazz conception.
Jazz Chairs (Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone):
By permission only (after having passed the reading audition). Evaluations are based upon improvisational skills.
Sight reading of chord symbols and single-note melodies, improvisation, and prepared chord solos.
Students should: a.) prepare a solo piano selection of their own choice, b) be able to voice chords using inversions, c) read from chord symbols and written notes, d) demonstrate improvisational ability on a given tune (by sight with a play-along recording).
Bring acoustic and electric basses (if both are played). Play bass lines and/or solo in swing, Latin, ballad, and funk styles. Students are evaluated on their ability to read chords symbols and notes, and on their ability to play with a good sound and feel.
Students perform an initial sightreading audition and a preliminary playing audition with a Lab Band. For complete details, see the Percussion Lab Band Auditions sheet available from the Percussion Department.
Auditioning by Sections:
Sectional auditions are scheduled as needed to resolve placement of students in the higher bands.