MPSHome Alumni Calendar Contact MyMPS
Jazz Ensemble Registration & Audition Information

We have two great jazz bands at South, both with traditional big band instrumentation: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, piano, vibes, bass, and drums. The jazz bands meet before school (7:15-8:05am) in the band and orchestra rooms. The first rehearsal will be September Monday, September 18th, 7:15am.

Want to Join, But Don’t Play An Instrument Above? Learn a Second Instrument!

  • Clarinet and Flute players can switch to saxophone
  • Horn players can switch to trumpet
  • Baritone players can switch to trombone
  • Percussionists (non-drum set players) can play piano or mallet instruments
  • If you need an instrument, talk to Mr. Sayre

Jazz II Sign-Up

Jazz II requires no audition for entrance. No jazz experience is neccessary! Please sign up on Mr. Sayre’s office window by Friday, September 15th.

Jazz I Auditions — September 12th – 15th

Jazz I requires an audition for all its members each year. Below are the audition requirements. You can find the etudes below or printed out by Mr. Sayre’s office. Practice tracks can be found below. Sign up for your audition time on Mr. Sayre’s office window.

Wind Players (Saxophone, Trumpet, & Trombone)

  • Play provided head (Edward Lee)
  • Solo over changes


  • Play provided head (Edward Lee)
  • Comp/walk on chorus of provided head
  • Solo over changes


  • Comp provided head (Edward Lee- medium-fast swing 180 bpm)
  • Solo over form
  • Prepare the following grooves: medium samba, sixteenth funk, ballad with brushes, slow through fast swing


2017 Audition Music, Recording, & Practice Tracks- Edward Lee