Jazz Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for Fall semester 2013 will take place during the first week of classes.   Saxophones will audition on Monday, August 26  from 2-5 PM and brass/percussion will audition on Tuesday, August 27 from 2-5 PM.

Membership in the West Liberty Jazz Ensemble is by audition only, although students of all majors are encouraged to audition. Auditions for Fall semester 2013 will take place during the first week of classes.   Saxophones will audition on Monday, August 26  from 2-5 PM and brass/percussion will audition on Tuesday, August 27 from 2-5 PM. Interested students may sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board in the music wing of the Fine Arts building.  If you are also auditioning for Wind Ensemble, please sign up for a second time slot for your jazz audition.

 

Jazz Ensemble’s first rehearsal will take place at 12 PM on Thursday, August 29.

 

Audition Instructions

See below for audition music and instructions for your specific instrument:

Saxophones:

1. Play “Hank’s Blues 4.5″

download PDF Alto Saxophone

download PDF Tenor Saxophone

download PDF Baritone Saxophone

2.  Sight-Reading (required)

3. OPTIONAL: Improvise two choruses of blues in Bb Concert

download Bb blues accompaniment

Trumpets:

1. Play “Hank’s Blues 4.5″

download PDF Trumpet

2.  Sight-Reading (required)

3. OPTIONAL: Improvise two choruses of blues in Bb Concert

download Bb blues accompaniment

Trombones:

1. Play “Hank’s Blues 4.5″

download PDF Trombone

2. OPTIONAL: Improvise two choruses of blues in Bb Concert

download Bb blues accompaniment

Piano and Guitar:

1. Play “Hank’s Blues 4.5″

download PDF Piano

download PDF Guitar

2.  Sight-Reading (required)

3.  Comp two choruses of Bb Blues (swing, quarter note = 120)

download PDF Bb Blues Changes

4. OPTIONAL: Improvise two choruses of blues in Bb Concert

download Bb blues accompaniment

Bass:

1. Play “Hank’s Blues 4.5″

download PDF Bass

2.  Sight-Reading (required)

3.  Comp two choruses of Bb Blues (swing, quarter note = 120)

download PDF Bb Blues Changes

4. OPTIONAL: Improvise two choruses of blues in Bb Concert

download Bb blues accompaniment

Drum Set:

1. Play “Hank’s Blues 4.5″

download PDF Drum Set

2.  Sight-Reading (required)

3. Styles: Demonstrate 8 bars each of the following styles

a.    Medium-Up Swing (quarter note = 180)
b.    Bossa (quarter note = 132)
c.    Samba (half note = 104)
d.    Funk/Rock (quarter note = 120)
e.    Ballad (with brushes, quarter note = 60)

4. Trading/Soloing:  Play 32 bars of Medium Swing (quarter note = 120), alternating 4 bars of time with 4 bars of soloing.

Vocalists:

The WLU Jazz Ensemble will not be using a vocalist in Fall 2013. Check back soon for information about possible vocal jazz opportunities with the WLU Jazz Ensemble in Spring 2014.