Jazz Band Auditions

Jazz Band on Stage

 

Thank you for your interest in the Bellevue College Jazz program. There are performance opportunities in both large and small ensembles.
To schedule an audition, please contact me via email at: jim.sisko@bellevuecolleg.edu

 

2013 Auditions will be held on September 18th and 19th from 12 noon – 4pm.

ALL NEW AND RETURNING INSTRUMENTALISTS ARE REQUIRED TO AUDITION.

The audition requirements are as follows:

Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone

  1. Perform a melody, a jazz etude or a solo transcription that most appropriately represents your skill set as a horn player. It should be no more than 3 minutes in length.
  2. Play two major and two minor (Dorian, melodic or harmonic) scales, two octaves, in 8th notes at any tempo above 80 beats per measure.
  3. You will be asked to sight-read two excerpts. One in a swing style and one in a Latin or rock style.

Optional: If you improvise, prepare one tune of any style. Play the melody and improvise over two choruses of the tune. Please bring a play-along CD for accompaniment.

Piano/Guitar/Bass

  1. Prepare and perform a jazz standard. Demonstrate your ability to interpret the melody and to accompany a soloist.
  2. Play two major and two minor (Dorian, melodic or harmonic) scales, two octaves, in 8th notes at any tempo above 80 beats per measure.
  3. You will be asked to sight-read two excerpts. One in a swing style and one in a Latin or rock style.

Optional: If you improvise, prepare one tune of any style. Play the melody and improvise over two choruses of the tune. If necessary, please bring a play-along CD for accompaniment.

Drums

  1. Demonstrate your ability to play the following styles at a variety of tempos: Swing, Bossa Nova, ¾ Jazz Waltz, and Rock/Funk.
  2. See attachment. Play comping rhythms page 1 with your left hand on the snare drum while playing a standard swing beat (right hand ride cymbal, bass drum softly on all 4 beats, hi-hat with left foot on 2 and 4).
  3. You will be asked to sight-read two excerpts. One in a swing style and one in a Latin or rock style.