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Jazz Audition Information

Updated for Winter 2023

Syncopation, Jazz Legacy, Synthesis, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Lab Band

All continue in the Winter semester with the same personnel that was in the band during the previous Fall semester. Occasionally, there are spots that open up in those groups at the semester break. In such cases, auditions are held by invitation via the directors and/or studio teachers to to fill those spots.

Combo Auditions

Jazz combos or somewhat reorganized at the semester. Those who played in a combo during the previous Fall semester just need to fill out the new audition form, which will ask about their availability; they do not need to re-audition if they are participating on the same instrument that they played on during the Fall semester. Those who would like to play in a combo Winter semester, who were not in a combo during the Fall semester, need to fill out the audition form and submit a link to an audition when they fill out the audition form. Due by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 11th.

Audition Form

Video Audition Info for Combos

Horn players and singers, please video record yourself playing or singing the melody and then improvising a two chorus solo on Autumn Leaves. Please use a backing track. Guitarists and pianists should also comp the chords for one chorus and bassist should walk a bass line for one chorus, in addition to playing the melody and improvising a two chorus solo. Drummers should demonstrate a swing groove and a bossa nova groove for 32 bars at both a medium and fast tempo. Drummers should also improvise a solo over Autumn Leaves at the medium tempo. Please share your audition video link below. The link should be for a youtube video. The video can be set to unlisted but not set to private. Due by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 11th.

Jazz Ensembles

Synthesis (Big Band)

Meets MW 3:00 - 4:50

Jazz Ensemble (Big Band)

Meets T/TH 5:00 – 6:50

Jazz Lab Band (Big Band)

Meets Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:50

Jazz Legacy Band

Pre-bebop / traditional and early eras of jazz focus – meets MW 12:00 – 12:50


Vocal Jazz Ensemble (with Rhythm Section Combo) - Meets T/TH 12:00 - 1:50


Mainstream Jazz, Salsa, and Commercial Music
(TBD - combos meet at various times, which are determined by participants’ availability and experience level)