New Albany High School

Wind Ensemble Auditions

2017-2018 School Year

 

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the NAHS Honors Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble is an elite group of instrumentalists who are very serious about performing difficult musical literature with tremendous precision, musicianship, style and energy. Membership in the Wind Ensemble is based upon successful results of an audition. While every effort is made to include as many interested students as possible, sometimes external factors may cause a student to not be selected. For example, in order to create a balanced ensemble, proper instrumentation is necessary. Therefore, strong players are sometimes not accepted because stronger players have filled all of the available slots in the section.

 

RULES FOR AUDITIONS

  • Students who do not wish to take Honors Wind Ensemble may enroll in Concert Band without an audition.
  • Any student who has earned a semester grade of A in Honors Wind Ensemble for at least 3 prior semesters (Example: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016) does not need to re-audition unless wishing to make the group playing a different instrument.
  • Fall drum line placements will be made using a separate process. Details to be announced after Spring Break.
  • Students who wish to be considered for membership on multiple instruments need to audition on every instrument on which they wish to be considered.
  • In some cases (i.e. saxophone) the director may offer a student a position on a different member of the instrument family in order to balance out the section. If the student prefers to play the original instrument, the next highest candidate would be offered the position and the first student would be placed in Concert Band.
  • No predetermined number of spots in each section of the band exists. Instead the auditions are carefully reviewed and students are placed in a manner that not only determines the “top auditions”, but also makes sure that both bands in the program are reasonably balanced and are both considered viable performing ensembles. The Wind Ensemble cannot exist at the expense of the Concert Band. One goal for ideal instrumentation is to make the Concert Band the larger ensemble of the two groups.
  • Each student needs to schedule an audition time using the Signup Genius link on the band website. During the audition, the student will perform the required excerpts (see list) to be video recorded for later reference and comparison. Following ALL auditions, a complete roster of the 2017-2018 Wind Ensemble will be posted.
  • Auditions must be completed by February 16, 2017.
  • The director will work with the HS office to adjust class schedules for any student who requested a different course than he/she was placed in via the audition.
  • Chair placements for both bands will take place at the conclusion of marching band next fall.
  • If you are uncertain as to whether or not to audition – please do! You’ll push yourself to try something new and will grow musically as a result of auditioning!

 

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Falk. Good luck!

 

Woodwinds:

Patterns in Music: Range Expansion Line #9

Patterns in Music: Two scale exercises (randomly selected from packet. Memorization not required. Tempo of 96 bpm or greater suggested.)

Mouthpiece Buzzing: Properly produce correct pitch on your head joint/mouthpiece/reed

Sight-Reading: SightReadingFactory.com with these settings

  • Level 4
  • 4/4 Time
  • Random Suggested Key Signature
  • 45 Second Countdown Timer
  • Disappearing Measures
  • Metronome Track
  • MM=80 bpm

 

Brass:

Patterns in Music: Range Expansion Line #7

Patterns in Music: Two scale exercises (randomly selected from packet. Memorization not required. Tempo of 96 bpm or greater suggested.)

Mouthpiece Buzzing: Accurately (in tune) buzz on mouthpiece "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" starting on pitch assigned by Mr. Falk in audition.

Sight-Reading: SightReadingFactory.com with these settings

  • Level 4
  • 4/4 Time
  • Random Suggested Key Signature
  • 45 Second Countdown Timer
  • Disappearing Measures
  • Metronome Track
  • MM=80 bpm

 

Percussion:

Patterns in Music: Two scale exercises on keyboard instrument of your choice (randomly selected from packet. Memorization not required. Tempo of 96 bpm or greater suggested.)

Rudiments: Perform the following rudiments on snare drum:

  • 17 Stroke Roll
  • Double Paradiddle
  • Flam-Tap

Sight-Reading: (On Snare Drum) SightReadingFactory.com with these settings

  • Level 4
  • 4/4 Time
  • 45 Second Countdown Timer
  • Disappearing Measures
  • Metronome Track
  • MM=80 bpm

Timpani Tuning: Tune 4 timpani to assigned pitches (given during audition).

Flute - A on stopped or open head joint only

Oboe - Reed crow should sound B or C

Bassoon - Reed crow should sound G or A

Bb Clarinet - C on mouthpiece and reed only

Bb Clarinet - F# w/Mouthpiece and barrel

Bass Clarinet - F# on mouthpiece and reed only

Soprano Sax - C or C# on mouthpiece and reed only

Alto Sax - A on mouthpiece only; G# on mouthpiece and neck

Tenor Sax - G on mouthpiece only; E on mouthpiece and neck

Baritone Sax - D or D# on mouthpiece and reed only

 

Patterns in Music - Treble Clef Bb Instruments

Patterns in Music - Treble Clef Eb Instruments

Patterns in Music - Treble Clef C Instruments

Patterns in Music - Treble Clef F Instruments

Patterns in Music - Bass Clef 

SIGNUP GENUIS LINK HERE!

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