2017 Union H.S. Concert Band Auditions
All winds and percussion students currently in grades 8-11 will audition for placement into one of five concert band ensembles for the 2017-18 academic year. The audition will be assessed for a grade. Students whose audition appears to be completely inadequate in preparation may be asked by the judges to move on to the next audition piece or scale.
Audition etudes and cuts have been distributed during class time, including technical and lyrical components. In addition to the the two cuts, each auditionee will perform 2 scale studies: Chromatic Scale, 2 Octaves, F to F (or B-flat to B-flat depending on the woodwind instrument's range) -AND- one of the following diatonic major scales (also 2-octaves) to be selected by the judges: Concert F, B-flat, E-flat, A-flat, or D-flat.
Schedule of winds auditions:
Tuesday, May 16, starting at 7am: Flutes, Double Reeds, Low Reeds (in Room 1615), Trumpets & Horns (Band Room #2).
Wednesday, May 17, starting at 7am: Clarinets and Saxophones (in Room 1615), Trombones, Euphoniums, Tubas (Band Room #2).
Band Room #1 will serve as the warm-up space. The auditions are blind; don't speak during the audition. The room monitor will help you with any questions. There's no specific order of auditionees, so warm-up, get yourself ready, and get in line to audition. Be prepared to comply with the room monitor's instructions to go into the audition room; time is limited and we have to move forward.
Auditions for the percussion section are scheduled for Monday, May 8, taking place at UHS starting at 7am in the UPAC, and during 8th grade classes. Mr. Bruce has distributed the auditon materials and cuts. Marching percussion auditions will take place on Tuesday, May 16th in the UPAC beginning at 7am and will continue through the 8th grade classes.
9th graders for the 2017-18 academic year will be placed into Concert Band 1, Concert Band 2, or Concert Band 3, based on audition. While we wish that freshmen could audition into all five of the concert bands, district transportation and campus scheudling logistics generally restrict participation in the 2nd Hour large ensembles (Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble).