2017 Student Leader Auditions

Audition Requirements

Section Leader

MARCHING TECHNIQUE

In small groups, the drum major, captain, and section leader candidates will form a block.  Each drum major candidate will call commands for the group.  During this time, the committee will evaluate your marching technique and ability to respond to commands. 

MUSICIANSHIP

Instrumentalists: please prepare the assigned excerpt from Downtown as described below.  You should audition on the instrument you plan to play in marching band, even if it is not your primary instrument.  When applicable, please play the 1st and/or top part (tubas play bottom).

  • Flute, Clarinet: mm. 1–8; 20–36
  • Alto Sax, Trombone: mm. 1–9; 17–34
  • Tenor Sax: 1–9; 19–40
  • Mellophone: 1–4; 13–16; 21–33
  • Trumpet: 1–4; 17–34
  • Baritone: 1–4; 17–40
  • Tuba, Bari Sax: 1–4; 9–12; 29–49
  • Snare, Tenors, Bass Drum: 9–29 (bass drum play all parts)

Audition Parts :

INTERVIEW

Please prepare a verbal statement addressing the following:

  • Why do you want this/these position(s)?
  • What makes you the best candidate for this/these position(s)?
  • What unique qualities do you bring to the table?

Your interview portion will open with your statement. This will give us a chance to evaluate how you carry yourself as well as the content of your answers without putting you on the spot. There will likely be some follow-up questions after your prepared statement.

EVALUATION

You will be evaluated on:

Marching
Posture/Carriage
Rhythm/Snap
Knowledge of Fundamentals
Confidence
Potential
Overall Ability
Playing
Accuracy of Notes
Accuracy of Rhythms
Tempo
Dynamics
Articulation
Musicality
Posture and instrument position
Tone Quality and Intonation
Confidence
Interview