2018-19 PLACEMENT AUDITION INFO
Placement auditions are required for enrollment in 2018-19 ECHS band classes. Current freshman, sophomores, and juniors will audition for placement in Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble. A BALANCED instrumentation for Wind Ensemble will be capped at 54 students. Incoming freshman (current 8th graders) will also be asked to audition (on different materials than high school students) as an official sign-up for the Concert Band class.
There will be separate jazz auditions for placement in Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, and Jazz Lab. Jazz Ensemble and Workshop are highly specialized classes with limited instrumentation. Students must show a complete command of their instrument in order to be accepted into these classes. They are not the place to learn instrument fundamentals or how to read music. Concurrent enrollment in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Concert Band is required for Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, and Jazz Lab.
All auditions will be submitted via Dropbox. Students will record the etudes and scales and place in their Dropbox folder by the specified date. Students should track each portion of their audition as separate files and name each file appropriately. Example: John Doe; Etude, Jane Doe; A Major. Please note that current placement in Wind Ensemble or Jazz Ensemble does not guarantee your placement in those groups for the upcoming school year, so make sure you are well prepared for your placement audition!
ALL Auditions are due by Friday, March 9, 2018!
Instrumentation for each jazz band class is capped as follows:
- Alto Saxes: 2; Tenor Saxes: 2; Bari Sax: 1
- Trumpets: up to 5; Trombones: up to 5
- Drums: 1; Bass: 1; Piano: 1; Guitar: 1 *
* Up to two (2) drummers, bass, piano, and guitar players may be accepted into Jazz Workshop/Lab depending on the level of the student(s).
HIGH SCHOOL students should prepare the following:
- F Melodic Minor
- Etude 1
- Etude 2
Make sure to include all components of your audition in Dropbox. Make sure to follow all instructions on the etude, i.e. check the metronome markings, articulations, and dynamics!
MIDDLE SCHOOL students should prepare the following:
- E flat Major & G Major Scales
- A Piece of your Choosing