Jazz Band Auditions for 2019-2020 school year

Placement auditions for the 2019-2020 Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Jazz Bands are now LIVE! Auditions will be held on September 9th-13th from 4PM-6PM. Please note that the information below is the audition materials for Jazz I. Students who do not successfully audition into Jazz I will automatically be placed in Jazz II. Students who also do not want to audition, but want to be a part of the Jazz program will automatically be placed in Jazz II. Please read the information below carefully:

 INSTRUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

For Jazz I (standard big band instrumentation):
- Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, String Bass, Percussion

For Jazz II:

- All band instruments, Guitar, Piano, String Bass


AUDITION MATERIALS
https://seattleschools-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/jcaguilar_seattleschools_org/El4m0uqy32RLjZkSEIkl1wcB5RUgf-ANnsYlJxVWF3tGuw?e=6uSSAb

 

SIGN-UP TIMES

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0549aeac2ba5f85-eagle

Time slots are in increments of 10 minutes. Please choose which time slot works best for you and your student. Auditions are closed-door.

 

PREPARED EXCERPTS

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.

 

1. Major Blues Scales

For Woodwinds/Brass/Rhythm Section:

  • Perform each of the scales at 120 bpm

 

2. Rhythm Figures

For Woodwinds/Brass/Guitar/Piano/Bass:

  • Perform each of the 4 figures at 120 bpm on a concert Bb pitch

  • Pay close attention to the written articulations and how it affects the note lengths, releases, and style

  • Pay close attention to the stylistic markings above each figure (straight vs. swing)

For Drumset:

  • Perform each of the 3 figures at 120 bpm

  • Pay close attention to the stylistic markings above each figure (rock vs. bossa vs. swing)

  • Add fills at the end of each figure that are appropriate for the marked styles

 

3. Jazz Standard Excerpt (I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart – Duke Ellington)

For Woodwinds/Brass/Bass:

  • Perform the excerpt with accompanying backtrack

  • Students are free to add embellishments to the melody/rhythms and add interpretive articulations (-, ., >, ^) that are appropriate to the “swing” style and chord changes

  • Students are free to improvise the chorus the second time around – NOT REQUIRED. Points will not be deducted for not improvising.

For Guitar/Piano/Drumset:

  • Perform the excerpt with accompanying backtrack

  • Perform the excerpt in a “comping” style – play the written chords/cues in appropriate rhythms and countermelodies that support the melody line

  • Piano players only: Do not play the melody on the right hand. It is there for reference only. Perform the piece in a comping style with both hands

  • Drumset players only: The cued rhythms are the reference for the melody. Perform a steady swing groove that compliments and accentuates the melody’s rhythms

 

Best of luck!

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Band Auditions for fall school year placement

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

Audition info

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 August, audition dates to-be-determined.

Prepared Excerpts

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.