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2014 Jazz Ensemble Auditions
Individual audition packets can be found outside Rob Tapper's Office (mus 013) or you can download them here:
 
Auditions will be held August 25-29, 2014 (see schedule below)
 

Audition Times
Monday, August 25, 2014
1:00pm - INFORMATIONAL MEETING (Required for all Participants!)
 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - BIG BANDS
1:00pm - TROMBONE
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -BIG BANDS
1:00pm - TRUMPET
7:00PM - SAXOPHONE
 
Thursday, August 28, 2014-BIG BANDS
1:00pm - RHYTHM SECTION
 
Friday, August 29, 2014 -SMALL GROUPS
1:00pm - NEW MEMBERS Auditioning for SMALL GROUPS
 
If you can not make these times, please see Rob Tapper ASAP.  If you have questions please call (509) 280-2284.

2014 Jazz Ensemble Auditions
 
Saxophones, Trumpets & Trombones
  1. Prepared ensemble excerpts (learn all parts if possible) - be able to play with a section
  2. Sight reading - from a chart we will provide
  3. Individual Solo/Transcription - Any prepared tune, transcription, solo or etude (1-2 minutes). First year players this can be classical or jazz, transcription for returning students)
  4. Improvisation on a Bb Blues

*Trumpet Players - Starting in low 'C', plan an ascending chromatic scale as comfortably high as possible and descending back to low 'C'.

*Bass Trombone - Starting on a low Bb, play a descending chromatic scale as comfortably low as you can go and ascending back to low Bb.

 

Rhythm Section
(ForFour Big Bands)
 
Drumset
  1. Prepared excerpts/pieces (see Individual Audition Requirements) - Looking for time & kicks
  2. Sight reading - from a chart we will provide (looking for time & kicks)
  3. Styles, Trading & Phrasing - swing, shuffle, bossa nova, samba, ballad, funk, etc...(4 & 8 Bars)
  4. Trio or Quartet playing a blues (for feel and groove)
  5. Optional Prepared Solo/Transcription - Any prepared tune, transcription, solo or etude
Piano/Guitar/Vibes
  1. Prepared excerpts/pieces (see Individual Audition Requirements) - looking for making the changes' and playing written figures
  2. Sight reading - from a chart we will provide (same as above)
  3. Trio or Quartet playing the blues (for feel and groove)
  4. Optional Prepared Solo/Transcription - Any prepared tune, transcription, solo or etude
Bass (Ability to play both acoustic & electric is preferred)
  1. Prepared excerpts/pieces (see Individual Audition Requirements) - Ability to 'walk' bass lines, style & playing written figures
  2. Sight reading - from a chart we will provide (same as above)
  3. Trio or Quartet playing the blues - Ability to 'walk' bass line (for feel and groove)
  4. Optional Prepared Solo/Transcription - Any prepared tune, transcription, solo or etude

JAZZ SMALL GROUP
Audition & Placement
*FOR NEW MEMBERS ONLY*
Friday, August 29, 2014 (1:00pm)
 
Please be ready to play ONE of the following tunes & BLUES HEAD (listed below) from memory
 
  • A Train
  • All the Things  You Are
  • Solar
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • Recordame
  • Oleo
  • There will Never Be Another You

PLEASE PREPARE A BLUES HEAD FROM MEMORY

If you have questions, please see Rob Tapper in Music Room 013

There will be a maximum of six (6) small groups coached by faculty and teaching assistants.