All-State Jazz Audition Requirements

The below information details the requirements for the All-State Jazz Ensemble auditions. For information about the Honors Jazz Combo audition, please click here.

Directors registering students for the 2020 2021 All-State Jazz Band Auditions must obtain and keep on file the 2020 2021 SCBDA Student Release Form.


Diatonic Scales (60 second time limit):

Diatonic Scales (60 second time limit):

All major diatonic scales should be memorized. Students will play the five chromatically adjacent scales listed below. These are the starting note for each scale.  If a scale is played incorrectly, it may be attempted at the end of the sequence, if there is time remaining in the 60 second time limit. Students are encouraged to play as many 2 octave scales as possible

Saxophone

E, F, F#, G, & Ab

Trumpet

Bb, B, C, Db, & D

Trombone

G, Ab, B, Bb, & B

Bass Trombone

A, Bb, B, C, & Db

(Students auditioning on bass trombone are encouraged to play as many 2 octave scales as possible starting in the pedal range.)

Piano/Guitar/Bass/Vibes

C, C#, D, D#, & E (Pianist use both hands in octaves)

Chromatic Scale:

Each student should play an open-ended chromatic scale to show their full playing range. The Senior All-State chromatic would be the minimum for the winds. The piano, vibes, and guitars should play the full range on the instrument.

Prepared Etude:

All-State Jazz Audition Etudes are available to download by clicking on the links below. A director login is required to access etude PDFs. Students, please contact your registering band director to access the audition etude PDFs. Recordings are available for both students and directors. Piano, guitar, bass, and vibes students should play the solos as written and then also “comp” (creating an accompaniment part which could be played with a soloist) one time through the etude using the chord changes provided.  Drummers will only need to play the solo etude as written.  Vibraphonist will play the guitar etude

  • Click here to access jazz audition etudes. (Director Login Required)
  • Click here to access jazz audition etude recordings.

Sight-Reading:

No sightreading will be required for the 2021 auditions and students will receive full credit for the sightreading portion of the audition

Improvisation:

Students will show their improvisational skills by playing along with a CD: Track #8 — “Blues in F” of the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long CD-Volume One — “How to Improvise.” This can be ordered from any music dealer or directly from Jamey Aebersold at 1-800-456-1388, or online at www.jazzbooks.com.

Additional Information About Auditions:

  • The drum set audition will be as follows:
    • Play at least 8 measures of each style listed below.
      • Ballad—Quarter Note = 55-70 bpm (using brushes in swing style)
      • Funk—Quarter Note = 92-112 bpm
      • Bossa Nova—Quarter Note = 100-120 bpm
      • Rock—Quarter Note = 92-112 bpm
      • Soca/Calypso—Quarter Note = 112-130 bpm
      • 6/8 Afro Cuban (Nañingo)—DottedQuarter Note = 112-130 bpm
      • Samba (Partido Alto)—Half Note = 80-100 bpm
      • Mambo—Half Note = 90-110 bpm
    • Each style should conclude with a “fill.”
    • Drummers may stop in between styles, if they wish, or musically connect each segment.
    • Notation of each style and a video of how to perform each style can be found by clicking here.
    • Show improvisational skills by “trading fours” with a recording. Click here to access a practice recording of “trading fours”.
    • A practice copy of this recording will be e-mailed to all band directors (with students registered for the drum set audition) at the time the school’s audition schedule is published (Example: Comp with the rhythm section in a SWING style for the first four bars and solo, in a SWING style, for the next set of four. That pattern will repeat once, totaling sixteen bars. A demonstration/practice CD will be made available to all students registered for the drum set audition.)

Scoring Breakdown

Winds, Guitar, Bass, Piano, & Vibes

(100 total points)

Scales

20

Chromatic

5

Etude

25

Sightreading
     Swing
     Ballad

30
   (15)
   (15)

Tone

5

Improvisation

15

Drum Set

(100 total points)

Etude

25

Style Evaluation
     Ballad & Fill
     Funk & Fill
     Bossa Nova & Fill
     Rock & Fill
     Soca/Calypso & Fill
     6/8 Afro/Cuba (Nañingo) & Fill
     Samba (Pario Alto) & Fill
     Mambo & Fill

40
   (5)
   (5)
   (5)
   (5)
   (5)
   (5)
   (5)
   (5)

Sightreading
     Swing
     Ballad

20
   (10)
   (10)

Improvisation

15