Jazz Band of America Application/Audition Requirements
Jazz Band of America Application/Audition Requirements

Jazz Band of America Application/Audition Requirements

 2018 Jazz Band of America 

How to apply

To apply, complete the online application form at app.getacceptd.com/musicforall. Submit all information, audition fee and audition recording by the deadlines listed below.
• Deadline for all audition recordings submissions: October 1, 2017 ($45 application fee).

Application Requirements:

• To apply, the student must be a member of his/her school band or orchestra program if the school has a band or orchestra program. Homeschooled students are welcome to apply.
• Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school (American or international equivalent) or a certified program of home study and 19 years of age or younger as of March 17, 2018.
  • Audition recordings are to be submitted as video files online. Please submit your recordings at app.getacceptd.com/musicforall.
  • For questions, or if you have trouble applying and submitting your audition recording online, please call 800.848.2263 for assistance.

Audition Video and Audio Requirements:

Since this is the only chance for the student to be heard, the quality of the recording should be of utmost consideration. The quality of your recording will affect the evaluators’ ability to review and comment. A high quality audio and video recording is expected.
• Applicants must submit recordings online at app.getacceptd.com/musicforall.
• All submissions should not exceed 15 minutes which includes the selections in the order listed below.
• State your name, phone number, school, city and state at the beginning of the recording.
• Review your recording(s) before you submit to check the sound level and ensure the best audio quality.
• Be aware of the acoustic environment in which you record. Background noise and poor sound quality make your recording difficult to evaluate.
• Only unedited recordings can be accepted, and should be in high fidelity stereo.
• Dress for a performance. This is a professional audition. 

Wind Instrument Audition Requirements

  • Prepared Selection: Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce" - medium tempo with standard or alternate chord changes. Accompaniment may be live (preferred) or recorded. We also encourage the use of an interactive computer accompaniment program if live accompaniment is not avaialble. (3 choruses of improvisation optional)
  • Swing Selection (Jazz Standard): Play a jazz classic or standard song in any jazz style, including the melody. If you are auditioning for a Jazz Chair - include improviastion on this selection, minimum two choruses/maximum of three on this particular piece.
  • Lead/Section Trumpet, Section/Bass Trombone, or Baritone Saxiphone ONLY: Choose an ensemble excerpt or jazz etude designed for your instrument in addition to the swing selection melody excerpt above that demonstrates your proficiency (style, technique, range - high for trumpet; low for bass trombone and baritone saxophone). 

 

Rhythm Section Instruments (All) Audition Requirements

  • You may also use a computer accompaniment program. (3 choruses of improvisation maximum)
  • Selections #2-4 are your choice and composers to consider are Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Wayne Shorter, Tito Puente, Milton Nascimento, Antonio Carlos Jobim, David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, as appropriate to styles indicated.
1) Prepared Selection: Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce.” Accompaniment may be live (preferred) or recorded, medium tempo with standard or alternate chord changes. 

Piano/Guitar/Vibes: Melody, 3 choruses of comping, 3 choruses of improvisation.

Bass: Melody, 3 choruses of walking, 3 choruses of improvisation. 

2) Swing Selection: Play a jazz classic or standard song in any jazz style. 

Piano/Guitar/Vibes: Melody, 2 choruses of comping as appropriate to style, minimum 2 choruses/maximum of three of improvisation.

Bass: Melody, walk for 2 choruses, minimum 2 choruses/maximum of three of improvisation.

3) Straight Eighth Selection (Brazilian/Afro-Cuban/Funk) Selection of your choice.

Piano/Guitar/Vibes: Melody, two choruses of comping as appropriate to style, minimum 2 choruses/maximum of three of improvisation.

Bass: Melody, two choruses of an appropriate bass line in the chosen style, minimum 2 choruses/maximum of three of improvisation.

4) Ballad Selection:

Piano/Guitar/Vibes: Melody, comping as appropriate to style for two choruses, minimum 2 choruses/maximum of three of improvisation.

Bass: Bass line as appropriate to style for two choruses instead of comping, optional improvisation-minimum 2 choruses/ maximum of three.

Drum Set Audition Requirements

1) Play the following “Billie’s Bounce” blues choruses: 4 choruses of time, 2 choruses of trading 4s, 2 choruses of solo, repeat 2 choruses of time. Accompaniment may be live (strongly preferred) or recorded. 
2) Demonstrate time in: Latin, Ballad (brushes), Hip Hop/Funk and Up-Tempo Swing. Play on song forms 1 minute each style. Include 1 chorus of improvisation for each style. 
3) Include a 2 to 5-minute video segment playing time with a big band (not soloing). Live preferred but if not available, play-alongs accepted include materials authored by Steve Houghton and/or Gordon Goodwin.
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