BAND AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Record your MP3 or M4A in this specific order ONLY and follow the specific tempos.  Your audition will be judged on how closely you can follow directions! Record in one session and upload a single file containing these elements….

Woodwinds & Brass

  1. Chromatic Scale
    Chromatic scale at mm=96 (in eighth notes) ascending and descending, articulation: slurred (To demonstrate range – begin on your lowest note and play up to the highest note of your range.)
  2. Concert F Major scale
    Concert F Major scale (2 octaves) in eighth notes at mm=96 – two slurred, two tongued. (Tenor Sax – Concert E♭ scale)
  3. Two Contrasting Pieces
    TWO contrasting pieces, or one study showing contrasting styles. Your chosen selection should demonstrate your ability to play with lyricism, playing slowly with a beautiful tone and expressiveness; the other piece/section should showcase your technical ability, playing quickly with control. You do not have to play an entire piece; usually 32 measures of either selection is enough. Select sections that show off your best playing!

Percussion

  1. Keyboard percussion – Concert E♭ Major scale (2 octaves at mm=96)
  2. Snare Drum buzz roll (roll from pp to ff and diminuendo to pp)
  3. Three Solos/Études
    Three solos or études (one each on Timpani, Snare Drum and Keyboard Percussion). You do not have to play an entire piece; usually 32 measures of either selection is enough. Select sections that show off your best playing!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please ensure that you have recorded all necessary materials by listening to your own recording.

These are anonymous auditions when presented to the selection committee DO NOT say your name or identify the performer in any way in the recording. When you are ready to submit your audition on the SMEA website, make sure you have saved your file as: <FirstName><LastName><Instrument or Voice>.mp3 (ex: JohnSmithAltoSax.mp3)

Online Application Form/MP3 or M4A file must be received no later than May 15, 2018 (pending launch of new SMEA website)