Auditions occur on the first day of camp after registration (Sunday) beginning at 4:00PM. For trumpet, saxophone, trombone (and other winds) players, auditions will typically consist of playing a standard jazz tune and improvising over a blues progression, such as those found on typical play-along CDs such as Jamey Aebersold, as well as YouTube (search "jazz play along NAME OF TUNE"). Rhythm sections players will be asked to demonstrate instrument-specific skills at the discretion of their camp instructor. We take great care in making the audition process as friendly and stress-free as possible.
Here is a link that will give you the specific and useful documents (PDFs, MP3s) with which to prepare for your audition.
Saxophones: Doxy (Google search "doxy Sonny Rollins" for a head chart for your instrument) and improvisation on Bb Blues (Concert pitch; C for tenor and soprano saxes, G for alto and bari saxes) Knowing majors scales is always good too! Files are also listed above the specific instrument breakdown above.
Trumpets: Will consist of: Major scales (the more the better), Sight read a jazz standard ("fake/real book" tune, such as Blue Bossa, There will never be another you, Doxy, Wave, Take the A Train, Desifinado, any blues (C Jamm Blues, Straight no Chaser, Blues Walk etc.), Now's the Time, My Romance are just a few examples). If students do not know any of these tunes (or tunes like them), we suggest Google-ing some of them to find a lead sheet that can be practiced. Listening to recordings (including play alongs: Seach on YouTube "jazz play along NAME OF TUNE") can help to get a sense of these type of tunes, improvisation on Bb Blues (Concert pitch; C for trumpet; transpose up one whole tone just like tenor sax, or simply Google "C Blues" to see in your key.) Files are also listed above the specific instrument breakdown above.
Trombones: 1. Bb scale (2 octaves) and two more scales of Dr. Benoit's and Dr. Hoormann's choosing. 2. Optional prepared piece. 3. Sight-reading from a jazz duet. 4. Improvise a couple of choruses of Bb Blues.
Bass: 1. Any scales in as many keys as are known.
2. Any prepared piece of music, whether a bass line or something else. Not necessarily limited to something from a jazz style.
3. A simple sight reading example that will be provided.
4. If possible, improvise a walking bass line over a 12 bar blues progression in the students key of choice.
Drums: Students should play examples of the following styles: Medium blues (140 bpm), medium-up blues with trading 4s, Bossa Nova, Ballad, funky.
Guitar: Please play (1) any prepared piece of your choosing, any style, (2) a couple of scales that you know well, like major, pentatonic, and/or blues in keys of your choice (3), play chord changes and improvise to Blues in Bb, and (4), sight read basic chord changes to a popular jazz tune that I will provide (Doxy is a great place to start!).
Piano/Vibes: Students will first play anything they are comfortable with (jazz or non-jazz piece). Then comping and/or soloing over a Bb Blues (see MP3 below). Optional playing on a standard, such as Killer Joe.