To join the ensemble, you must own your own instrument (percussionists excepted), and participate in a ten-minute placement interview/audition. The purpose of these interviews/auditions is to determine seating placement within the sections, and to ensure that our potential new members are a good fit for the ensemble. You will be auditioned by two or three members of the band executive. Your audition will be ten minutes long, and consist of a short interview about yourself and your musical background, followed by your performance of the scales and excerpts from the audition packages below.
Please do not let these auditions deter you from joining! Yes, we do play more advanced repertoire than the typical community band, but we’ve yet to turn anyone away due to playing ability. If you’re up for the challenge are willing to put in the work, you’ll find that we are quite welcoming!
Our major round of September auditions is now complete, but we are still accepting members. Auditions will take place between 7 – 7:30 PM on Thursdays (before rehearsal). To sign up, please fill out the following form:
What to Prepare
You should prepare:
- one major scale (two octaves)
- one minor scale (one octave)
- one chromatic scale (two octaves)
Scales can be in the key of your choice (the different scales can be in different keys, if you choose).
Below, you will find the excerpt packages for your instrument. You should prepare two of the excerpts for the audition. The excerpts you choose should be in contrasting styles (i.e. one more technical, one more lyrical). Be sure to observe the tempo, dynamics, and style markings. Links to a recording of each piece have been provided for your reference.