Middle School Band
The unison audition excerpts are now included in the SWKMEA Guidelines Notebook.
Please refer to the Chromatic Scale Examples page for PDF resources.
Cycle 1 - Even Years
Cycle 2 - Odd Years
For the 2018-19 school year, make sure you are using Cycle 1 - Even Years
Festival Scores - Audition Event Tags
Directors, you will need to activate the following Event Tags in your
in order to upload audition entries. The upload deadline is Sep 30, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM (CST). Late entries are not allowed.
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- Students will audition via mp3 recording through
Audition recordings must be uploaded by the audition deadline.
- Please fill out your student profiles as completely as you can. This is the only way the Chairman
can get the correct information to each school and student.
- Audition material for all instruments will be taken from the Essential
Technique for Band. These materials are selected on a two-year cycle.
- A chromatic scale will also be played in addition to the etude.
It is written out for each instrument and provided on the website.
The scale must be slurred up and tongued down on wind instruments at 120 bpm.
This also includes mallet percussion.
- Snare drum percussionists will play the exercise with a multiple bounce
buzz roll. Quarter note at 120.
- Timpani percussionists will record tuning the timpani followed by the
exercise with no fermatas. Quarter note at 120.
- Bell lyre, orchestra bells, xylophone, and the marimba are acceptable for
mallet auditions. Mallet percussionists will play the same chromatic scale as
listed above for wind instruments in addition to the etude. Please record the
scale first followed by the etude.
- Each percussion instrument audition must be on a separate recording.
- Directors, please listen to the recordings before submitting them. In the
past, background noise or incorrect recording has ruined a recording for a