Band Auditions

All videos turned in on time will an additional 30 points for submitting them on time.

Audition videos are due by April 29, 2020. All videos turned in on time will an additional 30 points for submitting them on time. Remember, your video does not have to be perfect. Record each take, and submit your best efforts by April 20.

Please submit your audition here via an unlisted YouTube link using the following Google Form: Your recording should include:
1) 2 mins for scale test (3 points per scale)
2) chromatic scale (20 points plus bonus options)
3) etude (50 points)
4) quick study etude (50 points) – available on Sunday, April 18

You may record your videos as many times as you’d like. When you are finished, upload your videos to YouTube and set the listing as “Unlisted.” An unlisted video is only viewable if someone has the link to the video. Please title your video as follows: Audition section_First Name_Last Name. (ex., Scales_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Chromatic_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Etude_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Quick Study_Alfonzo_Scruggs).

Submit your video using the following Google Form. Once you have submitted your audition please join the appropriate Google Classroom:

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Double Reeds: c7nztte

Clarinet: jfoc3k7

Alto Saxophone: vlqfhl2

Low Reed: flpujjv

Color Guard: prqlndk

Trumpet: erql6bl

Mellophone: 3mugrdt

Trombone: giruam6

Baritone: giruam6

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Percussion: bxp3z4z

Below, more detailed information about what to include in your videos:

2 mins scales test (Winds and Percussion):

Please perform as many major/minor scales as you can in 2 minutes. The scales do not have to be memorized. Students will receive a maximum of 3 points per octave that is performed correctly (1 point ascending, 1 point descending, and 1 point for the arpeggio.) Mistakes may be corrected but you only have 2 minutes to complete their scales. If time runs out in the middle of a scale, you may finish that scale for full credit but will be finished at the end of that scale. Articulation and rhythm does not matter for scales, but note accuracy is imperative. Keep in mind: your scale score is not limited by anything except time. You can really earn a lot of points in this category if you practice diligently. It is rare, but not unheard of for students to perform 12 major and 12 minor scales, 2 octaves in a 2 minute period. Are you up for the challenge?

Chromatic Scale (Winds and Percussion):

Students are encouraged to demonstrate their full range by performing their chromatic scale. The chromatic scale does not have to be memorized. GMEA has requirements for recommended ranges for students who are auditioning for district honor band. Their recommendation is a great starting goal. The scale should be performed in an even rhythm both ascending and descending. Points for the chromatic scale will be awarded as follows:

Perform the Junior High School required ranges for a total of 20 points
Flute Low C to High F
Oboe Low C to High C
Bassoon Low Bb to High F
Soprano Clarinet Low E to High D above High C
Bb Low Clarinet Low E to High A Bb
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet Low E to High A
Alto Sax Low C to High D
Baritone Sax Low C to High D
Tenor Sax Low C to High D
Trumpet Low F# to High G
French Horn Low F to High F
Trombone Low E to High F
Baritone (BC) Low E to High F
Baritone (TC) Low F# to High G
Tuba Low E to High F
Percussion – Full range of the instrument

For each additional note added to the range students may earn an additional point for their Chromatic Scale.
Bonus points: There is no specified tempo, but the evaluator has the discretion to award up to 10 bonus points for performing the scale with quality tone in all registers, speed, and exceptional evenness of the performance.

Etude (Winds and Percussion):

Download and print off your etude by following the appropriate link below:

The etude will be graded based on all of the elements of music: tone, pitch, tempo, rhythm, technique, articulations, dynamics, musicality, expression, style, etc. A compelling performance of the etude can earn you 50 points. Be sure to pay attention to the time signature, tempo marking, and key signature.

Quick Study Etude (Winds and Percussion):

Unfortunately, this format does not allow us to test sight-reading, so we are following the All-State requirements, which included a quick study etude. Students will receive access to the etude on Sunday, April 24, 2021. This etude will be similar in length to previous sight-reading examples. The percussion quick study etude will be a snare drum etude. Download the quick study etude here.

REVIEW

Audition videos are due by April 29, 2020. Remember, your video does not have to be perfect. Record each take, and submit your best efforts by April 29.

All videos turned in on time will an additional 30 points for submitting them on time.

Please submit your audition here via an unlisted YouTube link using the following Google Form: Your recording should include:
1) 2 mins for scale test (3 points per scale)
2) chromatic scale (20 points plus bonus options)
3) etude (50 points)
4) quick study etude (50 points) – available on Sunday, April 25

You may record your videos as many times as you’d like. When you are finished, upload your videos to YouTube and set the listing as “Unlisted.” An unlisted video is only viewable if someone has the link to the video. Please title your video as follows: Audition section_First Name_Last Name. (ex., Scales_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Chromatic_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Etude_Alfonzo_Scruggs, Quick Study_Alfonzo_Scruggs).

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