HS Jazz Band Audition Excerpts

2019-20

Audition Music Requirements

For all instruments except drumset: A New Approach to Jazz Improvisation, Volume 43, "Groovin' High" and "A Night in Tunisia" by Jamey Aebersold, 1211 Aebersold Drive, New Albany, IN 47150.

For drumset: "Rhythm Section Workout" Volume 30B by Jamey Aebersold.

All auditions will be performed with accompaniment play along recordings.

Horn Auditions (Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone)
  1. Chromatic scale - Play quarter notes (120 bpm). Students are to slur up and tongue down the full range of the instrument.
  2. "Groovin' High" - Play written melody from the beginning to the double bar after the second ending (32 bars).
    For optional improvisation audition: Let the recording continue and improvise for one full chorus (32 bars).
  3. "A Night in Tunisia" - Start playing written melody after the 8 bar introduction beginning at the second line playing through the Swing section and Interlude ending at the 4 bar solo break prior to the solos.
Rhythm Section Auditions

Piano
  1. "Groovin' High" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play written right-hand melody and provide a left-hand chordal accompaniment for one full chorus (32 measures). * Left hand required for "Groovin' High" *
  2. "A Night in Tunisia" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play the written right-hand melody and if able provide a left-hand chordal accompaniment for one full chorus (32 measures) - left hand encouraged for "A Night in Tunisia" , but optional.
Guitar
  1. "Groovin' High" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play written melody for one full chorus (32 measures); then provide a chordal accompaniment (comp) for one full chorus (32 more measures).
  2. "A Night in Tunisia" - Using the left channel only (bass & drums), play written melody for one full chorus (32 bars).
Bass
  1. "Groovin' High" - Using the right channel only (piano & drums), play written melody only for one full chorus (32 measures); then provide a walking bass line for one full chorus (32 more measures).
  2. "A Night in Tunisia" - Using the right channel only (piano & drums), play one chorus (32 measures) of a bass line appropriate to accompany the melody.
Drums
"Rhythm Section Workout" Volume 30B by Jamey Aebersold With the drum channel turned off, play the following excerpts:
  1. #3 "Bye, Bye, Boston" - (31 measures) one time through
  2. #6 "Lady's Bounce" - (40 measures) one time through
  3. #7 "Scott's Waltz" - (32 measures) one time through
 
Chairperson
Jeffrey Poort
Pratt HS