Auditions

2014-2015 Jazz Ensembles Audition Procedure:

Step 1: Schedule your audition

Audition date for Jazz Ensembles: Friday, September 5, 2014.

Click here to Schedule your audition time. (You may need to used the University VPN to use this link)

Step 2: Prepare your audition materials

Please note: Audition materials will be posted in August. A Boston University user name and kerboros password is required. If you do not have one, click here for “Early Bird” registration to obtain one.

 

Trumpet: Play the solo transcription of “Sandu”. Note for lead players: Prepare to improvise a solo over “Solar” with backing track. Be prepared to sightread a selection at the audition.

“Sandu” solo transcription Bb

“Solar” backing track | “Solar” Bb lead sheet

Trombone: Play the solo transcription of “Four”. (If auditioning for lead trombone, play the selection 8va. If auditioning for bass trombone, play the selection 8vb.) Note for lead players: Prepare to improvise a solo over “Solar” with backing track. Be prepared to sightread a selection at the audition.

“Four” solo transcription

“Solar” backing track | “Solar” concert lead sheet

Bb Tenor Saxophone: Play the solo transcription of “St. Thomas”. Note for lead players: Prepare to improvise a solo over “Solar” with backing track. Be prepared to sightread a selection at the audition.

“St. Thomas” solo transcription Bb

“Solar” backing track | “Solar” Bb lead sheet

Eb Alto/Baritone Saxophone: Play the solo transcription of “All Blues”. Note for lead players: Prepare to improvise a solo over “Solar” with backing track. Be prepared to sightread a selection at the audition.

“All Blues” solo transcription Eb

“Solar” backing track | “Solar” Eb lead sheet

Piano: Play the melody to “Solar” and comp the chords (in time). Improvise a solo over “Solar” with backing track. Be prepared to sightread a selection at the audition.

“Four” backing track“Four” lead sheet

“Solar” backing track | “Solar” concert lead sheet

Guitar: Play the solo transcription of “St. Thomas”. Comp chords over the changes to “St. Thomas”. Improvise a solo over “Solar” with backing track. Be prepared to sightread the melody and chords of a selection at the audition.

“St. Thomas” solo transcription concert

“Solar” backing track | “Solar” concert lead sheet

Bass: Improvise a walking bassline over “Four” with backing track. Prepare to improvise a solo over “Solar” with backing track. Be prepared to sightread a selection at the audition.

“Four” backing track | “Four” lead sheet

“Solar” backing track | “Solar” concert lead sheet

Drums: Play along with “I’ll Remember April” utilizing both Latin and Swing feels. Option for soloists: Prepare to improvise a solo over “Solar” with backing track. Be prepared to sightread a selection at the audition.

“I’ll Remember April” backing track | “I’ll Remember April” lead sheet

“Solar” backing track | “Solar” concert lead sheet