CWU has four full jazz bands with approximately 18 positions in each band. Positions in each group are acquired by competition for a specific slot (such as Bari Sax, or Trumpet 4), where the student must out perform the other people auditioning for that slot.ALL PLAYERS NEED TO SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT ON the JAZZ BOARD!
Auditions for all positions will include these materials:
TROMBONES 7:00-9:00pm Bruya's office
Thursday, Sept 26
All Rhythm section players 12-1:00pm Jazz RoomTRUMPETS 7:00-10:00pm Bruya's office
Friday, Sept 27
All Band 1 horn players (selected from the audition times above)
All Rhythm Section players (selected from the audition times above)
Noon to 1:00 in the jazz room to finalize the rhythm section selections.Post all jazz bands and rhythm sections by late afternoon on Friday, Sept. 27.
The following pages contain music that will be used for jazz auditions, two selections for each instrument. Find the pages for your instrument type, note the tempo, style, and key. In some cases you will only need to prepare the music between the brackets. If no brackets , be ready to play the entire page.
All players will want to check out the videos above for style, tempo and dynamic clues.
In addition to prepared selections, there will be sightreading as part of the audition process. For horn players this will happen during the audition time slot. For rhythm section players, this will happen throughout the audition process.
You will be asked to play a chromatic scale from your lowest to highest note then back down. The purpose of this scale to is hear your pitch and tone consistency throughout your range as well as to be able to get some idea of your playable range.
To demonstrate improvisation abilities, horn players will have the option to improvise with Aebersold tracks during the audition. Be ready to play one chorus of Bb Rhythm Changes at a medium tempo, two choruses of F blues at a medium tempo. All rhythm section players are expected to improvise as part of the audition process over these same standard changes as well as within the context of the charts attached and sightreading materials.
Additional Stuff for Drummers
All drummers need to be ready to play the following time patterns
Fast swing with both sticks and brushes
Medium swing with both sticks and brushes
Medium jazz waltz with both sticks and brushes
Bossa, samba, Afro-cuban 6/8
Jazz Band meeting times for 2013-14
• Jazz Band 1, Norm Wallen (fall quarter), Chris Bruya (winter/spring qtrs.), 12:00 MWF
• Jazz Band 2, John Harbaugh, 11:00 MWF
• Jazz Band 3, Brennan Baglio, 11:00 MWF
• Jazz Band 4, Chris Bruya (winter and spring qtrs. ONLY) 1:00 MWF
Vocal Jazz meeting times or 2013-14
• Vocal Jazz 1, Vijay Singh, 1:00 MTWF
• Vocal Jazz 2, Vijay Singh, 5:30-6:50 T Th
• Vocal Jazz 3, Brennan Baglio, 5:30-6:50 M W
• Combocation will be weekly on Thursdays at 11:00am. There are no music class conflicts with this time, so everyone should be able to attend.
• To be in a combo, you must enroll for MUS 218/418. Interested players should attend the Combo Info meeting on Thursday, September 26th, 11:00am in the Jazz Room.
• Auditions are separate for combos. Jazz Combo auditions will be on Monday, September 30, 8pm, in the Jazz Room (directly following Convocation). If you are interested in playing in a jazz combo, show up with your instrument during this time and be ready to play in a combo setting (i.e. together with other players, like a jam session) the following tunes: Doxy in Bb
Due to the planned absence of Prof. Bruya this fall quarter, and the number of available grad students and faculty to coach combos, there will be only 4 combos offered this term. We expect to be able to accommodate the usual 6 to 8 combos (as we have in the past) for winter and spring terms.
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