It’s finally time to provide you with some info about “jazz band” AKA bigband. I hope that you are still interested. If by chance you aren't, please let me know. Lots of info here, so please read it carefully and let me know if you have any questions.
Everyone has to audition but it’s super low key and not a big deal at all. If it’s a big enough thing where it makes you not want to do it, let’s talk. Email or come see me.
This year jazz auditions will be recorded by you and sent to me by Friday, November 22. We will announce the personnel of the bands sometime during the Thanksgiving vacation week and rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, December 4. Times will be 230-430 and 430-630 depending on which band you are in. Reminder that bigband rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays.
More information about how to record will be sent later on.
In the meantime, the auditions are on the Count Basie chart “It’s Oh So Nice”. Below are the specific parts you’ll need to record.
Some general info: -Audition for the part you want. For example, if you want ALTO SAXOPHONE 1, learn the ALTO SAXOPHONE 1 part. If you want to play Trumpet 3, learn Trumpet 3. If you audition on Trumpet 3 and the directors listening to your audition think you’d be better suited on Trumpet 2 or 1, that’s where you’ll be. -If you play the saxophone, you aren’t guaranteed to be assigned to a specific saxophone type. Someone auditioning on alto could be placed on baritone or tenor, and vice versa. -The parts aren’t tiered by ability. Alto 2 is no “easier” or “harder” than Alto 1. Trumpet 4 is no easier than Trumpet 4. The sections aren’t assigned from “best to worst”. Bigband jazz is played one to a part and each part requires a certain quality of musician. Trumpet 1 and Trombone 1 are higher parts than Trumpet 4 and Trombone 4. With brass it has to do with your range. -If you aren't sure what part you want to play, email or see me and I can help you.
I’d like to schedule a morning or two before school where anyone who’s interested comes to the music room at 730 and plays the tune together.
Please listen to it as you prepare. The Count Basie Band is incredible, arguably the best bigband to have ever existed.
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. I'm happy to help.
Saxophone audition: chromatic scale full range of saxophone or as much as you can do, ascending and descending. Beginning to 7 before E. 2 before F to the end.
Trombone audition: chromatic scale as high as you can go or as much as you can do, ascending and descending. 8 after A to 4 before C. Measure before D to 7 before E. two before F to H.
Trombonists looking to play lead trombone or solo trombone should play the solo at E, either as written or as played on the recording.
Trumpet audition: chromatic scale as high as you can go or as much as you can do, ascending and descending. 5 after C to 7 before E. 2 before F to H.
Guitar audition: opening 3 bars. Measure before A to D. G to the end. Play the head and then comp for one chorus to There Will Never Be Another You.
Piano audition: opening 3 bars. Measure before A to D. G to the end. Play the head and then comp for one chorus to There Will Never Be Another You.
Bass audition: beginning to D. Play the head and then comp for one chorus to There Will Never Be Another You. I will give you a bass clef pdf scan on Tuesday.
Drum audition: A to E. F to the end. Play the head and then comp for one chorus to There Will Never Be Another You.