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Audition Information


There will be three parts to the audition.  I will ask you to play one to two major scales of your choice (minimum of two octaves), a short prepared piece (see box below) and a short sightreading selection.  Drummers will not have a prepared piece-you will be asked to sightread and play in a variety of grooves.  Those interested in auditioning for combo or for a solo chair in one of the big bands may 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.   For rhythm section players who do not know how to comp or play a walking bass line, please audition anyway (just play the written melody for your audition)-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 23.

The first rehearsal for those of you in Jazz Ensemble I will be Monday, August 26 at noon and Jazz Ensemble II will be Tuesday, August 27 at noon.  Combo rehearsal times will be posted along with the audition results on Friday.  Combo rehearsals will begin the week of August 276 so please check this page and the jazz board for results.





Audition results will be posted both here and outside O'Bannon 101 in the late afternoon/early evening of Friday August 23.




FALL 2019



First rehearsal Monday, Aug. 26 2019


Nick Larsen-alto 1

Mariah Skelly-alto 2

Emily Dobson-alto 2

Jake Stahlhut-tenor 1

Trenton Wells-tenor 2

Christopher Kollmeyer-bari


BONES (parts TBA)

Lauren Barclay

Cianna Quick

Joey Dale


Justin Shaw

Max Head

Jordan Toliver

Katelyn Zach



Jackson Adams-drums/percussion

Logan Garner-drums/percussion

Casey Denton-bass

Charly Griesinger-bass

Laura Blankenship-piano





First rehearsal Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2017


Emily Little-alto

Abagail Martin-alto

Jacob Stauch-tenor 1

Mikayla Dickenhaus-tenor 1

Sarah Franks-tenor 2

Abby Texeira-tenor 2

Hannah Parker-bari


BONES (parts TBA)

John Cox

Michael Spangenberg



Max Head

Nick Larsen

Jake Stahlhut

Forest Swisher?



Teresa Hoefeldt-drums

Jennifer Shannon-drums/bass

Darci Ray-bass

Rorry White-piano

Renee Robinson-piano

Grace Jones-guitar







Rehearsals Tuesday 11-12 (assuming Charly can move work schedule around)

Nick Larsen-saxophone

Max Head-trumpet

Charly Griesinger-bass

Logan Garner-drums

Michael Arat-drums

Laura Blankenship-piano



Rehearsals Wednesdays 5-6pm

Joey Dale-trombone

Shelby Johnson-bass

Theresa Hofeldt-drums

Hayden Vaughn-piano

Grace Jones-guitar





  • Everyone who auditioned should be placed in atleast one ensemble.  If you auditioned but don’t see your name, please contact me immediately-there was an error and I will get you added to the list.


  • Read the audition results lists carefully-the date and time of the first rehearsal for each group is listed right under the name of the group.  There will be lots of important information at your first rehearsals-please read these carefully and mark your calendars!


  • We are still in need of 1-2 trumpets and trombones in each band.  If you are interested (or know someone who is) let me know ASAP.  My email is and my office is O’Bannon 203.


Congratulations to everyone-I look forward to seeing you all at rehearsals next week!


1. Sign up for an audition time on the board outside of O'Bannon 101 as soon as you return to/arrive at Drury.  Auditions for new AND returning students will happen during the first week of classes (primarily during rehearsal times, though there will be limited other times available).

2.  Read this page for detailed information about the audition process.

3.  Print and prepare the audition music posted on this page.

4. Print and fill out the "audition information" form posted on this page.

5.  Audition at the time you signed up for and bring the following things with you:

  •       completed audition information form found on this page
  •       prepared audition music found on this page
  •       your instrument, including patch cords for guitar and bass and drumsticks for drummers (we will provide amps and drums/cymbals)
  •       a copy of your schedule if you are interested in playing in combo or are taking Jazz Improvisation

6.  Check either this site or the board outside O'Bannon 101on Friday, August 23 to see which enesemble or ensembles you'll be playing in.

7.  Check with me BEFORE your first rehearsal if you need an instrument.

8.  Show up to your first rehearsal!  see info to the left for more information on times/dates for first rehearsals.


Prepare the excerpt below for your instrument. Everyone (except drums) should be prepared to play the melody. In addition (if you are able-don't worry if you're not!) bassists should walk a bass line on the changes given and pianists and guitartists should comp to the chord changes.  Drums do not need to prepare music-you will be asked to play in a variety of styles (swing, latin, funk, etc) instead. All students will be asked to perform a short sightreading selection.  Also print the information form, fill it out and bring it to your audition.



Jazz Ensemble I and II information


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.




Please sign up for an audition time on the bulliten board outside O'Bannon 101. Audition dates will be as follows:


August 21   11:00-1:00

August 22  11:00-1:00

August 23   11:00-1:00

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.


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



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