Audition materials will be made available through this website in mid June. Anyone interested in jazz band should sign up with their guidance counselor.
In order to participate in jazz band, students must successfully complete the jazz band audition and rank high enough in the audition group to be selected. Typically, the VHS jazz band will consist of 5-6 saxophones, 4-5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 1-2 drummers, 1-2 guitarists, 1-2 bassists, and 1-2 pianists.
Students may sign up for an audition at a brief meeting held on Thursday, August 30th from 2:30-3:00. Auditions will be held during the first few weeks of school and the first official rehearsal for the selected jazz band members will be held on September 20th.
PART I: RHYTHMS
DOWNLOAD the rhythm sheet, read the directions, and prepare all rhythms.
PART III: JAZZ EXCERPTS
DOWNLOAD the excerpts and print and practice the pages for your instrument. Each instrument has two or three excerpts (some have more than one page, so check carefully).
PART IV: SIGHT READING
This material will be presented at the audition in September. You will be asked to sight read and excerpt from a moderately easy high school jazz piece.
PART V: SONG OF YOUR CHOICE
New students only: Play a piece of music that you are very confident about. It does not have to be long, but it should be something that you enjoy playing and shows off your abilities on your instrument.