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Audition Information

 

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 27.

The first meeting for those of you in Jazz Ensemble I will be Monday, August 30 at noon and Jazz Ensemble II will be Thursday, August 31 at noon.  Combo rehearsal times will be posted along with the audition results on Friday.  

 

 

Audition Results

DRURY JAZZ ENSEMBLES AUDITION RESULTS

FALL 2021

JAZZ I

First rehearsal Wednesday, Aug. 30 2021

SAXES

Emily Dobson-alto

Sarah Franks-tenor

Hailey Frazier-tenor

Maddie Curtis-bari

BONES (parts TBA)

Joey Dale

John Cox

Collin Jess


TRUMPETS (parts TBA)

Nick Heizer

Jacob Spangler

RHYTHM

Logan Garner-drums

TBA-bass

Jali Purcell-piano

JAZZ II

First rehearsal Thursday, Aug. 31, 2021

SAXES

Allyson Roberts-alto

Bethany Riley-alto

Seb Gonzalez

Hannah Parker-bari

BONES (parts TBA)

Cody Lewis

Michael Spangenberg

TRUMPETS (parts TBA)

Marshall Severson

Ethan Armour

RHYTHM

Jack Baumgart-drums

Brayden O’Neal-drums

TBA-bass

Rachelle VerDuin-piano

COMBO I

Rehearsals TBA

Joey Dale-trombone

Captain Sibley-bass

Logan Garner-drums

Sean Lowry-guitar

If you auditioned and don’t see your name on the list, let me know ASAP!

AUDITION PROCEDURE

AUDITION MATERIALS DUE NO LATER THAN 1PM (the end of rehearsal) ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 25!

1.  Sign up for an audition time outside of the jazz rehearsal room (O'Bannon 101).  Everyone must complete an audition (both new AND returning students) by Friday, August 27 at 1pm.  Please contact me ASAP if the times on the sign up sheets won't work for you.

2. Download and prepare the audition piece appropriate for your instrument below (everyone except drums)

3. Print and download the "audition form" on this page.  Fill it out and bring it with you to your audition.

4. Read the box below for audition requirements for each instrument.

5. I will be available much of the first week of classes in my office (OBannon 203), or via email cclaussen@drury.edu.  Stop by if you have questions, or just to say hi!

6. Watch your email Friday the 27th when audition results are posted and during the first few days of classes-I may have questions about class conflicts, instrument assignments, etc.

8.  Check audition results the end of the day Friday, August 27.

 

 

 

AUDITION MATERIALS

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

ALL saxes, trumpet and trombone: 

               1.  Two major scales of your choice, minimum 2 octaves.

                2.  Required excerpt (see below)

Piano, vibes and guitar (amps will be provided for guitar)

               1.  Two major scales of your choice, minimum 2 octaves.

                2.  Required excerpt (see below)

                3.  OPTIONAL: Comp chord changes using chords given on the required excerpt. 

Bass-acoustic and electric (amp will be provided)               

1.  Two major scales of your choice, minimum 2 octaves.

                2.  Required excerpt (see below)

                3.  OPTIONAL:  Walk a bass line using chords given on the required excerpt. 

Drumset

You will be asked to play each of the following grooves (you DO NOT have to prepare a piece of music).  

                          -medium swing

                          -up tempo swing

                          -bossa or latin groove of your choice 

                          -a pop/rock/funk groove of your choice. 

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!

 

Combo/Improvisation schedules

Students intersted in performing in a combo or in taking Jazz Improvisation should bring a copy of their class and work schedules to their audition.

Questions?

 

 

 

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

 

O’Bannon 203

417-873-4078 (work)

417-840-5683 (cell)

cclaussen@drury.edu

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