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Audition Tips from The Director of Bands



The Director of Bands and staff will hold an in-depth Q/A Session in the band room located in the Morrison Fine Arts Building, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  Transportation will be provided to the Fine Arts Building immediately following the opening program.


Due to time restraints, formal auditions may not be offered to all students on this day.  The Director of Bands will however schedule auditions at schools in various cities.  Students may also set appointments for campus auditions, or audition via SKYPE with the Director.


Brass Audition Requirement

  •  Twelve major scales (memorized)
  •   Concert C harmonic scale
  •   Concert A melodic scale
  • Chromatic Scale from low concert F to high concert F
  •  Lip Slur Exercises
  • Any exercise from your state’s all-state requirements or a solo from your state’s approved list
  •  An excerpt from a grade 3 or higher method book
  •  Sight-reading (Provided by the AAMU Band Staff)

 



Woodwind Audition Requirement

          Twelve major scales (memorized)

          Concert C harmonic scale

          Concert A melodic scale

          Chromatic Scale from low concert F to high concert F

          Trill Exercises

          Any exercise from your state’s all-state requirements or

a solo from your state’s approved list

          An excerpt from a grade 3 or higher method book

          Sight-reading (Provided by the AAMU Band Staff)

 
 Percussion Audition Requirements (Students must audition on snare drum, tympani, and mallets).

                 


Snare Drum
  • 26 Essential Rudiments or Hybrid Rudiments
  •   Solo from your state’s approved list

  • Sight Reading (Provided by the AAMU Band Staff)

 

Tympani

  • Tune: Major second, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, and Perfect octave
  • Execute proper rolling technique from drum to drum
  • Sight reading (Provided by the AAMU Band Staff)

 

Mallets

 

  •  Chromatic from the lowest, to the highest note on marimba/
      xylophone 
  •     Twelve major scales, two octaves
  • Any exercise or etude from your state’s all-state requirements
  •  Any excerpt from a grade or higher method book
  • Sight-reading (Provided by the AAMU Band Staff)



 
ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED, FRIDAY
NOVEMBER 8, 2013 AT
5:00  P.M.