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Band Audition Tips

The Director of Bands and staff will hold auditions in the band room located in the Morrison Fine Arts Building, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  University Ambassadors will escort students to the Fine Arts Building immediately following the opening program.


The audition will consist of major scales, optional minor scales

chromatic scales, sight reading and optional solo. 


The following items will be needed to audition on Saturday:

  • Instrument
  • Ink pen
  • Solo or concert band music, if available)


TIPS & CONSIDERATIONS:

Brass Audition 

  •  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

          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 (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)