Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble require audition (and for incoming 6th graders, recommendation by elementary school music teacher). Anyone who opts not to audition will be placed in Concert Band, for which no audition is required.
Jazz 1 is by audition only. Students not placed in Jazz I will be placed in Jazz 2; students who don't want to audition will be placed in Jazz 2 (no audition is required for Jazz 2). All Jazz participants must also play in Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble.
Jazz 1 instrumentation: Saxophones (alto, tenor, and baritone), Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, String Bass, Percussion
Jazz 2 instrumentation: all band instruments
Where: Robert Eagle Staff Middle School
When: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble: week of June 17 and June 24, sign up here. Download materials, and see below for details on how to prepare for your audition.
Jazz I: materials will be posted by the end of June, audition dates to-be-determined.
Please note that memorization of these excerpts is NOT required. Students are welcome to read off of their sheet during the audition and can annotate it to their advantage. Students must pay close attention to note/rhythm accuracy, tempo markings, articulations, dynamics, and other musical markings.
Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Excerpt #1: Scales and rhythm studies to be performed at 100 beats per minute.
Excerpt #2: Symphonic Band - one song, tempo markings indicated on music).
Wind Ensemble - two songs. Song #1 at Andante (about 76 bpm); Song #2 at Moderato (about 108 bpm)
Sight reading: Students will be given the excerpts the day of the audition. Students must pay close attention to note/rhythm accuracy ,temp markings, articulations, dynamics, and other musical markings.