There will be three parts to the audition. I will ask you to play two major scales of your choice (minimum of two octaves), a short prepared piece (see box below) and a short sightreading selection. Those interested in auditioning for combo or for a solo chair in one of the big bands will also be asked to improvise.
Rhythm players will also have an additional component to the audition appropriate to their instrument. Pianists and guitarists will be asked to comp the chord changes to the prepared piece. Bassists will be asked to play a walking bass line on the changes to the prepared piece. Drum set players do not have to play the prepared piece, but will be asked to play time in a variety of styles (swing, rock, latin) and will be asked to sight read. For rhythm section players who do not know how to comp or play a walking bass line, please audition anyway-most of the time I can still find a place for you to play.
Music for the prepared piece can be found on this page. It is your responsibility to print out the music and bring it to your audition.
If you would like to play on a secondary instrument (for example, you play clarinet but would like to try saxophone in jazz), audition on your primary instrument and we'll get you started on the new one after auditions.
Please do not be intimidated by the audition process. These auditions are very low key and are not intended to be scary or intimidating. Their primary function is to give me a chance to meet everyone and evaluate your playing.
Audition results will be posted on this page on Friday evening, August 22.
The first rehearsal for those of you in Jazz Ensemble I will be Monday, August 25 at noon and Jazz Ensemble II will be Tuesday, August 26 at noon. Combo rehearsal times will be posted along with the audition results on Friday. Combo rehearsals will begin the week of August 25, so please check this page and the jazz board for results.
DRURY JAZZ ENSEMBLES AUDITION RESULTS
Tara Bray-alto 1
Ben Huggins-alto 2
Nathan Pearl-tenor 1
Regina Bruner-tenor 2
First rehearsal Monday, Aug. 25 2014
5-6pm on Thursdays
First rehearsal Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Jazz Ensemble I and II information
JAZZ ENSEMBLE I/II JAZZ COMBO
MUSC 141/137 MUSIC 143
Dr. Tina Claussen
Jazz Ensemble I and II are each 15-20 member ensembles that are dedicated to performing music for large jazz ensembles. Combos are smaller, improvisation based ensembles that meet once per week-reherasal times TBA.
Jazz Ensembles and Combos are open to any Drury student, regardless of major, although students must be able to read music to participate, and must complete an audition the first week of classes.
Jazz Ensemble I meets three hours per week on Mon., Wed. and Fri. from 12-12:50 pm.
Jazz Enesmble II meets two hours per week on Tues. and Thu. from 12-12:50pm
Jazz Combos will meet one hour per week. Time and day will be set at a time that works for all members of the ensemble.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE PRIOR JAZZ EXPERIENCE TO PLAY IN THE DRURY JAZZ ENSEMBLES!
Prepare the excerpt below for your instrument. Remember bass will also need to walk on the changes and piano and guitar will need to comp as well as play the written line. If you can't do all of that, it's OK, just do as much as you can. Also print the information form, fill it out and bring it to your audition.
Please sign up for an audition time on the bulliten board outside O'Bannon 101. Audition dates will be as follows:
August 19 11:30-1:30
August 20 11:30-1:30
August 21 11:30-1:30
August 22 11:30-1:30
Students intersted in performing in a combo should bring a copy of their class and work schedules to their audition.
If you have any questions about the jazz program at Drury or the audition process, please see me, and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have. My contact information is listed below.
Dr. Tina Claussen
Director of Jazz Studies
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