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Instrumental Auditions for Fall 2016


Auditions are required if you want to enroll in the advanced level Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Honors Jazz Band, or Jazz Lab Band. Contact Michelle_Roberts@mcpsmd.org if you have any questions about these classes.

Auditions are not required if you want to enroll in the intermediate level Concert Orchestra or Concert Band. Contact Michelle_Roberts@mcpsmd.org if you have any questions about these classes.

Placement will be emailed to you within 30 days.

Information for Incoming 9th Grade Students:

Ms. Roberts will be coming to selected middle schools to hear auditions. Check with your teacher for more details.

Auditions for students attending other middle schools will be held at MBHS. To schedule an audition, please send Ms. Roberts an email.

Information for Current MBHS Students:

To schedule an audition, please send Ms. Roberts an email.

What to Bring and Prepare:

  • Bring your completed Information Sheet with you to your audition.
  • Prepare the excerpts for your instrument(s) listed below. You may audition for more than one instrument and more than one ensemble.
  • You may be asked to perform scales (up to 4 sharps and 4 flats).
  • You may be asked to perform sight-reading.

Symphonic Band and Symphonic Orchestra Excerpts:

Links to the excerpts to be prepared for each instrument are below. Where there are two or three excerpts listed (as in "1, 2"), all should be prepared. Note: These are pdf files ranging in size from 201KB to 375KB. Allow time for downloading!
Brass and Percussion Strings Winds
French Horn 1, 2
Trombone & Baritone 1, 2
Trumpet 1, 2
Tuba 1, 2
Percussion 1, 2, 3
Bass 1, 2
Cello 1, 2
Viola 1, 2
Violin 1, 2
Bassoon 1, 2
Clarinet 1, 2
Flute 1, 2
Oboe 1, 2
Saxophone 1, 2

Jazz Lab and Honors Jazz Excerpts/Requirements:

Students who play non-traditional jazz instruments (ex. flute, clarinet, violin, tuba, etc.) are welcome to audition for the Jazz Lab Band.

  1. Blues Scale Study (Vocalists sing on syllable 'do')
  2. Prepared Selections:
  3. Improvisation (optional): 12-Bar Blues in B-flat ex. Jamey Aebersold, Nothin' But Blues
  4. Rhythm Section Groove Requirements
    • Guitar, Piano, Bass, Vibes:
    •      Blues changes in the key of B♭.
               Swing mm = 100
               Swing mm = 240
       
    • Drum Set:
    •      12 bars of time in the following styles:
               Swing mm = 100
               Swing mm = 240
               Latin (bossa nova) mm = 100
               Funk mm = 92
       
           4 bars of solo in the following styles:
               Swing mm = 100
               Swing mm = 240
               Latin (bossa nova) mm = 100
               Funk mm = 92
  5. Sight Reading

Information on this page was updated May 10, 2016.

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