Audition Requirements Audition Requirements Music Festivals & Tours

Must be enrolled in high school Grades 9-12 for the 2018-19 school year

Applications for 2018 will start being accepted after January 15. This will give you time to get your audition prepared and recorded. Selections will be based on written application and submitted auditions via You Tube. We have rolling auditions deadlines. Slots by state and position are limited and can fill quickly. Apply early for the best chance of selection as openings by state and or instrument/position can close at anytime. First audition deadline is March 30, 2018. Other rolling audition dates are May 30, June 30, July 30, and August 30. Flutes and Piccolos are now closed.

Alumni, those students that were selected to the band previously and are still eligible, must apply by March 17 to be automatically accepted.  PLEASE DO NOT use the online or pdf application. You will receive an application in the mail that will have a special code on the form. If you submit an online or a pdf form that is not coded, we cannot guarantee that you will be accepted again as we may not be aware that you are an alumni since you submitted the incorrect form.

After this deadline, you will then have to go up against all new applicants. All auditions now must be posted on You Tube. Percussion, Flags, and Dancers, must post a Video audition. All wind players will submit a video audition on You Tube and in addition to the playing audition you will need to include some marching skills. Please see details below. CD's/DVD's are no longer accepted.  If you plan to password protect your audition, please be sure to provide the password on your application form.


Woodwind & Brass Instruments:

Woodwind and brass instrument players should submit a prepared solo or etude (minimum of 4 minutes, maximum of 7 minutes). You will be judged on technical proficiency, tone quality, and overall general musicianship. It is recommended that a Grade III-V level etude or solo be used as audition material.  You may or may not use an accompanist. That is your choice. Please select a solo that shows your technical skills as well as your range on the instrument. Mellophone Players should audition on the Mellophone and not French Horn. All auditions must be posted to You Tube. 

In addition to the etude, please demonstrate marching skills. For example, Horns Up, Horns Down, Marking Time, Forward and Backwards March (8 to 5 step size), Slides to the left and to the Right. Please play a scale while marching forward and backwards. We will look for nice horn angles, body carriage, roll step, on toes in backwards march, etc... Please see registration materials for further instructions.

Percussion:

ADDITIONAL PERCUSSION AUDITION INFORMATION (Please print this out for requirements. PDF format is available by clicking here.

Auditions must be in the form of a video and posted to You Tube. Please provide the link of the You Tube posting and password (if needed) on your Application Form. If selected, your You Tube presentation must remain posted until final selections and instrument assignments are made in the fall. If you are not selected, the audition may be removed at anytime.

Please video record the primary instrument you are auditioning for, making sure that your hands/sticks and feet are in clear, visible sight of the camera. Please be sure to identify yourself on your video by clearly stating your name, grade level, and school.

If you are interested in a secondary instrument if not selected on your primary, please indicate you second choice on your application. Should you not receive your first or second choice assignment and DO NOT want to be placed on any other instrument as a third choice, YOU MUST mark on your application: Not interested in in any other instrument. ALL AUDITIONS MUST BE ON THE INSTRUMENT AND NOT ON  A PAD.

The drumline will consist of snares, quads (quints), basses, and cymbals. While members are accepted throughout the year to the drumline, instrument assignments are not made until the fall when the entire line has been selected and videos are reviewed again. Please note that due to the quality of all selected candidates some students may be assigned an instrument that is not their first or second choice. For instance, you may mark snare or quad but be assigned bass or cymbals even though it was not your first or second choice. By submitting an audition you agree that you understand our placement policy.

Snare

  1. The following rudiments, slow-fast-slow: single stroke roll, double stroke roll, single paradiddles, flam drags.
  2. A rudimental snare solo of your choice (maximum 2 minutes). At least a portion of the solo must be performed marking time.

Quads (Quints)

  1. The following rudiments on the #2 drum, slow-fast-slow: single stroke roll, double stroke roll, single paradiddles, flam drags
  2. A solo of your choice, demonstrating your ability to play around the drums (maximum 2 minutes).  At least a portion of the solo must be performed marking time.
     

Bass (performed on a bass drum)

  1. The following rudiments, slow-fast-slow: single stroke roll, double stroke roll
  2. A solo of your choice, demonstrating your ability to play with good tempo and rhythm. At least a portion of the solo must be performed marking time.

Cymbals

  1. Basic crash technique, and any other sounds/techniques that you are familiar with.
  2. Any type of exercise that shows your ability to play while marking time.

** Optional for everyone - Feel free to include video excerpts of you performing with your high school drumline, drum corps, WGI drumline, etc.

Auxiliary: Flags & Dancers

Video Audition must be posted to You Tube.  Please see registration materials for instructions.

FLAG video should demonstrate 1) basic spins and slow slams (change of direction and use of both hands) as well as 2) flag work routine such as your marching band or winter guard flag work and 3) foot movement (including glide step marching movement). Equipment portion minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 minutes.

DANCERS video should include 3-5 minutes of solo dance routine to music showing jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and modern dance styles plus glide step marching paying attention to posture and tempo of foot movement.

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