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Commercial/Jazz

Winds

Trumpets

  • All Major Scales 
  • Sight-reading
  • Required Pieces: Miles Davis’ solo on "Freddie Freeloader" (pdf), trumpet part to Stevie Wonder’s "Superstition," mm. 21-36 (pdf)
  • Soloists: improvise at least 3 choruses over a 12 bar blues in F or Bb
  • Lead players: Perform the Shout Chorus to Basie’s "April in Paris", mm. 65 - end (pdf)
  • Optional: play the melody and improvise 1 chorus over a jazz ballad of your choice

 Saxes

  • All Major Scales.
  • Blues Scales (all 12 keys)
  • Sight-reading
  • The blues etude (pdf) and the rhythm changes etude (pdf).  Tempos need not be as fast as marked.
  • Play the melody of "Body & Soul" in a ballad style.
  • Improvise over a 12-bar blues for several choruses, either F or Bb.

 Trombones

  • All Major Scales
  • Sight-reading
  • Perform “Body and Soul” in a lyrical ballad style
  • Perform Wycliffe Gordon transcription (pdf)
  • Soloists: improvise at least 3 choruses over a 12 bar blues in F or Bb 

Voice

  • Please perform one selection from the Great American Songbook (ie. Porter, Gershwin, Lerner/Loewe, Rodgers/Hart, etc).
  • A piano accompanist will be provided for your audition. Please bring piano music for your selected song, placed in a three-ring binder.

Rhythm Section

Piano, Guitar, and Electric Bass

  • All major scales
  • Sight-reading: single-note melody, interpret chord changes over rhythm slashes, chord changes with notated rhythms (sample pdf). 
  • Perform melody, improvise and comp on “Billie’s Bounce” (pdf - melody is first twelve measures)
  • A solo piece of student’s choosing in a jazz or commercial style (non-classical solo piece)

Double Bass

  • In addition to the above requirements, please have one arco piece prepared