Jazz Band Auditions

How to Audition

Jazz band auditions will be held the first week of classes on Monday, August 27. Signups are posted outside Dr. Biggers’ office (Room 204)

Step 1: Sign Up for Your Audition

Sign up for an audition time on the board outside Dr. Biggers’ office (Room 204). If you cannot make any of the times listed or would like additional assistance signing up, please email Phil Sutherland, at twujazz@gmail.com.

Step 2: Prepare for Your Audition

All jazz auditions will be held in Dr. Biggers' office (Room 204).

  1.   All Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, Bass, Piano and Vibes:
    1. Prepare the provided excerpts below.
    2. Chromatic scale – lowest note to the highest note you can comfortably play in a swing style at 96 bpm.
    3. Improvisation – Play along with Aebersold Book, Vol. #25 All-Time Standards “A Foggy Day”
  2. Percussion:
    1. 16 bars of the following styles:
      1. Swing
      2. Funk
      3. Bossa Nova
      4. Samba
  3. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition to fill out a Band Audition Form.

Audition Excerpts

All audition excerpts for each instrument are available in pdf format below. Music will be provided at the audition, or you may bring your own copy.

Aebersold Excerpts

After the Audition

Audition results will be posted by the end of the first week of classes. The music office will handle all necessary schedule changes resulting from band placements during the first week of classes.

There is currently one jazz big band at TWU. All bands are open to all students at the university.

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BandCourse NumberMeeting Time
Jazz Ensemble MU 3571
MU 5571
Monday/Wednesday
12:30-1:50 p.m.

Page last updated 2:31 PM, August 2, 2018