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AUDITIONS HAVE CONCLUDED FOR THE 2022-23 SEASON. ARE YOU A OBOE OR BASSOON PLAYER AND ARE INTERESTED? E-MAIL US AT JSUBANDS@JSUMS.EDU

Band Scholarships and
Band Participation Audition Standards

IMPORTANT NOTE: The JSU Bands Audition Campaign for Winds (Brass and Woodwind) has begun and will end on May 1, 2022.  PERCUSSION audition deadline is February 24! All students must be admitted into the University prior to auditioning; Apply today while scholarships are available!!! 

A. The potential band student must be in good standing with their high school band director(s)/program. Your high school band director may be contacted by the JSU Band Staff.

B. Outstanding tone quality/quality of sound

C. Chromatic Scale: Practical range of the instrument

D. Major Scales: C, F, G, Bb, D, Eb, A, Ab, E, B, Db, and Gb (Practical range of the instrument)

E. Minor Scales: A, D, E, G, and C (Natural Minor)

F. Prepared Material: Etude (Study) and/or Solo Grade 4 or higher, honor band etudes are acceptable (this does not include concert band literature, standard wind band marches, nor contemporary pop tunes)

G. (Percussion Only) Successfully complete all content in the Drumline Packet, successfully pass round 2, successful sightreading, and successful prepared piece(s) on mallet percussion and timpani. (PERCUSSION PACKET)

H. Sight-reading performed at a very high/proficient level (provided by JSU Band Staff)

A. The potential band student must be in good standing with their high school band director(s)/program. Your high school band director may be contacted by the JSU Band Staff.

B. Outstanding tone quality/quality of sound

C. Chromatic Scale: Practical range of the instrument

D. Major Scales: C, F, G, Bb, D, Eb, A, Ab, E, B, Db, and Gb (Practical range of the instrument)

E. Prepared Material: Etude (Study) and/or Solo Grade 4 or higher, honor band etudes are acceptable (this does not include concert band literature, standard wind band marches, nor contemporary pop tunes)

F. (Percussion Only) Successfully complete all content in the Drumline Packet, successfully pass round 2, successful sightreading, and successful prepared piece(s) on mallet percussion and timpani. (PERCUSSION PACKET)

G. Sight-reading performed at a very high/proficient level (provided by JSU Band Staff)

A. The potential band student must be in good standing with their high school band director(s)/program. Your high school band director may be contacted by the JSU Band Staff. A letter of recommendation from your band director(s) is/are preferred but not required.

B. (Percussion Only) Successfully complete all content in the Drumline Packet and successfully pass round 2. (PERCUSSION PACKET)

Note:

1. Minimum tempo for scales, chords, and thirds; Level I Priority, quarter note=96, Level II Priority, quarter note=88, and Level III, Band Participation, quarter note=60 using eight notes or sixteen notes

2. All scales must encompass the practical range of the instrument. Scales must be tongued ascending and slurred descending.

AUDITION INFORMATION FOR PERCUSSIONIST

There will be two rounds for an aspiring percussionists.  For round 1, the student will have to download (see button below), prepare, and record themselves playing the packet (only for the instrument they would like to play).  If the student does well enough on round 1, they will advance to round 2 which will be in-person/on campus. We understand that our process is challenging but we expect the best at JSU and our audition process must reflect that.  See below for deadlines and other information. Good luck!

-Rd 1.- Submit percussion packet video (February 25, 2022- deadline extended)
-Rd. 2 (if you pass Rd. 1)- On-campus audition that will include: Sight
Reading, prepared piece (optional for
scholarship), form and ability observations (March 11-12, 2022)
-Selection of who made it (April 15, 2022)

 

Attributes we look for in a member:
1. Character
2. Discipline
3. Musicianship
4. Physical Ability
5. Mental Toughness
6. Fast learning curb and high retention
7. Proper form and technique


THEE SUMMA CUM LAUDE OF BANDS

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