Every city has its own jazz sound, and for Columbus, it’s undoubtedly the sound of the B3 organ and the tenor saxophone. Star organist Bobby Floyd and his band will tell a musical story about two legends of the B3/Tenor combination from Columbus, the late Hank Marr and Gene Walker. From opening for the Beatles at Shea Stadium to making
We look forward to hearing you play and want you to have a successful audition and experience. As you play through your audition, we will be listening/watching for the following:
- Your sound and tone/touch
- Your ability to read music
- Ability to demonstrate a jazz or swing feel
- Knowledge of basic scales
- Basic knowledge of counting and playing rhythms (16th notes, triplets. etc.)
Your private music instructor and/or band director can be helpful to you as you prepare for this audition.
Audition Dates & Times:
- 8/28 – 10AM-1PM: auditions for returning and/or more experienced students
- 10am – Saxophones
- 11am – Brass (Trumpet and Trombone)
- 12pm – Rhythm Section (Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums)
- 8/29 – 12PM-3PM: auditions for students new to the program/less experienced
- 12pm – Saxophones
- 1pm – Brass (Trumpet and Trombone)
- 2pm – Rhythm Section (Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums
1.) Students will be asked to play the ascending and descending concert B-Flat major scale. (Brass: two octaves if possible).
2.) Choose ONE selection from the following etudes. Students will be asked to perform the song two times through (take the repeat): First time: play the written melody, Second time: perform an improvised solo. When in doubt about improvising on the song, simply restate the melody, utilizing new rhythms and variations!
Level 1 – for beginning/intermediate instrumentalists
(based on the 12-bar blues in the key of concert F)
Level 2 – for intermediate/advanced instrumentalists
(based on the standard jazz song “On the Sunny Side of the Street”)
3.) You will be asked to perform a sight reading excerpt, to be chosen by the panel based on age/skill level.