Concert Band Audition Requirements

Auditions are scheduled at the Dillard Center for the Arts, 2501 NW 11th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL on specific dates as scheduled by the Arts faculty.

Applicants may warm up for thirty minutes in an assigned practice room before their auditions. If an applicant is late for the scheduled audition, the audition committee will decide whether or not to hear the audition. The committee is not obliged to hear all the music that an applicant may have prepared nor to give an audition evaluation.

On the day of the scheduled audition, students must demonstrate the ability to read music. Students will be given a sight-reading piece of appropriate grade level and must demonstrate the ability to follow musical direction.

When the student enters the room, he/she will be asked to perform:

a) The specific prepared exercises for their instrument(s) as listed below. Please note the suggested tempi that have been given.

b) A chromatic scale covering the range for their instrument (as listed below.) The scale will be performed in even eighth notes at a minimum tempo of MM quarter note = 144. The scale will be tongued ascending and slurred d descending where applicable. Scale is to be memorized.

c) Seven major scales, (in 2 minutes or less) from memory, complete with arpeggios, at a minimum tempo of MM quarter note = 100. Scales are to be performed a minimum of 2 octaves where possible. Students who wish to play a 3rd octave may do so. All scales must be performed within the allotted time frame. Scales must be performed in complete octaves. The scale pattern is quarter note followed by eight note, with the articulations tongued ascending, and slurred descending. Arpeggios are to be included. (In The Same Manner And Style As The FBA All State Audition Requirements).

The student will be asked to perform scales in their transposed form. Scales will be performed in the following order, starting with the concert key of: G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, & Db.

d) A short sight - reading exercise(s) to demonstrate the student’s reading ability. The student will have thirty seconds to study the piece before playing it. ( Percussionists must audition on snare and xylophone. Sight - reading will be required in both areas.

Flute; Chromatic: 3 octaves from C - Prepared Piece: Exercise #7, mm 1 - 16, tempo; quarter note = 78 bpm. Download The Flute Prepared Piece

Oboe; Chromatic: 2 octaves from C - Prepared Piece: Exercise #11(top), mm 9 - 24, Tempo; quarter note = 96 bpm. Download The Oboe Prepared Piece

Bassoon; Chromatic: 2 octaves from F - Prepared Piece: Exercise #23, All, mm 1 - 16, Tempo; eighth note = 86 bpm. Download The Bassoon Prepared Piece

Clarinet; Chromatic: 2 octaves from E - Prepared Piece: Exercise #8, mm 9 - 24, no repeats. Tempo; quarter note = 100 bpm. Download The Clarinet Prepared Piece

Saxophone (Alto, Tenor & Baritone); Chromatic: 2 octaves from C - Prepared Piece: Exercise #8, All, no repeats. Tempo; quarter note = 104 bpm. Download The Saxophone Prepared Piece

Trumpet/Baritone TC; Chromatic: 2 octaves from G - Prepared Piece: measures 17 to the end. Tempo; quarter note = 100 bpm. Download The Trumpet Prepared Piece

Horn; Chromatic: 2 octaves from F - Prepared Piece: Exercise #4, top, All, tempo; quarter note = 120 bpm. Download The Horn Prepared Piece

Trombone/Baritone BC; Chromatic: 2 octaves from F - Prepared Piece: measures 17 to the end. Tempo; quarter note = 100 bpm. Download The Trombone/Baritone BC Prepared Piece

Tuba; Chromatic: 2 octaves from F - Prepared Piece: Exercise #2, All, tempo; quarter note = 120 bpm. Download The Tuba Prepared Piece

Percussion - Xylophone; Chromatic: 2 octaves from Bb - Prepared Piece: Excerpt from Colas Breugnon Overture, All, tempo; quarter note = 150 bpm. Download The Xylophone Prepared Piece

Percussion - Snare; NARD Rudiments #1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 11. To be played open - closed - open. Prepared Piece: Aquamarine, mm 33 to the end, no repeats. Tempo; quarter note = 100 bpm. Download The NARD Rudiment Chart | Download The Prepared Piece