Coal City Bands

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 2018 Jazz Band at the Western Illinois University Jazz Festival

2018 Jazz Band at the Western Illinois University Jazz Festival

Jazz Band Auditions

Students auditioning wishing to have solos must play 3 choruses of improvised Bb Blues over the recorded track in addition to the requirements below. Download the Bb blues track here.

Winds (Saxes, Trumpet, and Trombone):

  • 7 Blues scales with arpeggios (2 minute time limit)

  • Jazz excerpt Stellar*, Measures 1-32, with the recorded accompaniment track.

  • Sight Reading

Piano, Guitar, Bass:

  • 7 Blues scales with arpeggios (2 minute time limit)

  • Jazz excerpt Stellar*, Measures 1-32, with the recorded accompaniment track.
    • Play once through solo as written.
    • Play once through walking/comping over the changes.
  • Sight Reading

Drums:

  • Applicant must demonstrate rhythmic and “groove” competency in the following musical styles: Moderate Swing, “Double Time” Swing, Funk/Rock, and Bossa Nova. Lessons on the styles are available at the following link.

  • Jazz excerpt Stellar*, Measures 1-32, with the recorded accompaniment track.
    • Play once through solo as written.
    • Play once through fill/comping over the changes.

Blues Scales (.pdf)

Alto & Bari Sax

Tenor Sax

Trumpet

Trombone

Piano

Guitar

Bass

Excerpt Music (.pdf)

Stellar PDF

Excerpt Audio (.mp3)

Alto/Bari Sax with solo w/o solo

Tenor Sax with solo w/o solo

Trumpet with solo w/o solo

Trombone with solo w/o solo

Piano with solo w/o piano

Guitar with solo w/o solo

Bass with solo w/o solo

Drums with solo w/o solo

Eriq Vazquez, Director of Bands

evazquez@coalcityschools.org

815.634.2396 x7801

Coal City High School

655 West Division Street

Coal City, IL 60416