If you want to play in the CDHS Senior or Junior Jazz Ensemble, you need to sign up outside the music room for a brief meeting with Mr. Noble where you will play a short passage of music on your instrument. This is to try to ensure we put the everyone in a group that is at your appropriate level. Don’t be freaked out - you only play for Mr. Noble and he tries (depending on numbers) to find a spot for everyone.
If you have no experience on your instrument, sign up for a meeting anyway (you won’t play) and we’ll discuss whether you would be better suited for the Junior Jazz Ensemble or a Beginner Jazz Ensemble.
If you want to be in the Junior Jazz Ensemble, you just need to show some ability to read music and play your instrument by playing a couple lines from the audition piece. You don’t need to have much experience (in fact even if you have little but you have desire, we can sometimes make it happen).
If you want to be in the Senior Jazz Ensemble, prepare for the audition and try to work out the toughest spots in the music. An audition is NOT expected to be perfect, so relax, do the best you can, and get ready for some great times in a jazz ensemble.
If you have experience and aren’t sure which jazz ensemble you’ll get into, you are encouraged to audition for the senior group. You don’t need to audition for both groups.
Remember that no matter which group you are in, the most important thing is that we’re looking for people who are willing to put in effort and be team players so that we can enjoy amazing music and have fun.
AUDITION DETAILS (all groups):
Jazz Ensemble Auditions will take place Monday-Tuesday Sept. 21-22 after school from 3:00 to 7:00 at five minute intervals. You must sign up for a time on the signup sheet outside the music room. There will be no lunch auditions please -- there are too many students auditioning to make that possible. Please see Mr. Noble if you have any questions.
JUNIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE This is a credit course (you earn two credits if you take the core music class and this class — however you don’t have to take it as a credit) which runs two times a week in the morning (7-8:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday). Entrance is by audition. You should be prepared to take the group seriously (including having a music stand, metronome and tuner for practicing - available from us). You must be willing to practice 15 minutes a day. Members should also realize that this band typically travels and that fundraising is required. As always, effort, enthusiasm, teamwork and preparation are the most important qualities for membership in this group. Gr. 9’s are encouraged to audition (although if a Gr. 9 student has no experience on an instrument they might be better suited to the Beginner Jazz Ensemble — we’ll discuss this in the meeting).
THE JUNIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITION Play Moanin’ (check out the recording in a recent post on cdhsmusic.com). Pick a part that suits your range -- if you can play somewhat high then you might choose 1st or 2nd, or if you play lower then 3rd. Play what you can - even if only one line. Don’t play any parts marked SOLO. Piano only needs to play right hand. Jazz Ensembles include the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, drums (if you don’t play one of those instruments, see Mrs. Noble) Remember an audition isn’t expected to be perfect. Just do what you can do.
SENIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE This is a credit course (you earn two credits if you take the core music class and this class — however you don’t have to take it as a credit) which runs three times a week in the mornings (7-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). Entrance is by audition. Members of this group should be prepared to take things very seriously (including having your own stand, metronome, and tuner for practice - available from us) so that we can play great music. Regular practice is mandatory. Members should also realize that this band typically travels and that fundraising is required. As always, effort, enthusiasm, teamwork and preparation are the most important qualities for membership in this group. NOTE: There are no age restrictions so everyone is encouraged to try out, even if you are in Gr. 9.
THE SENIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITION Play Whiplash - as much as you can (better to do a couple lines really well) (check out the recording in a recent post on cdhsmusic.com). It is in 7/4 time, which just means count to 7 in each bar (or count to 4 and then 3 in each bar) Pick a part that suits your range -- if you can play somewhat high then you might choose 1st or 2nd, or if you play lower then 3rd or 4th. Check out the tough spots if you can. Articulate as written! There will be lots of changes in the band so the more you prepare the better chance you’ll have. Listen to the recording a few times to get the feel. Drummers -- you need to check it out for fills etc. to show me that you can do it. Again, remember that an audition isn’t expected to be perfect. Make sure you show me what you can do by preparing as well as you can. Just do the best you can do.
Good luck! Looking forward to 2015/16!