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Band Auditions

edited 5/1/20

It is not required to audition to be a part of band at South High.  Concert Band is open to students with prior playing experience but no audition is required. Beginning Band is open to students with no prior music experience. However, to gain membership into Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble, an audition is required.

Band auditions will be held digitally this year. Recordings and a completed Audition Form are due by Friday, May 29th at midnight. This is an intentionally designed window of time to allow all musicians the same amount of prep time. Please work hard to prepare the audition etude and scales to the best of your abilities and then record and submit the best takes of your audition materials.

Only audio is needed, but if it is easier to share a video, that is accepted as well.

Please share your THREE (3) files with Mr. Sayre (eric.sayre@mpls.k12.mn.us). Email or any other medium of sharing is acceptable. If there is some reason a student cannot record an audition in their living situation, please reach out to Mr. Sayre.

Below are the requirements for entrance into an auditioned ensemble:

  1. Balance/need of ensembles (to be determined by Mr. Sayre)
  2. Completed Audition Form
  3. Performance Audition
    • Pick FOUR (4) of the Major Scales (first track, one continuous recording)
      • Perform at a comfortable tempo, somewhere between 70 and 120 bpm. Please note articulations (articulate up, slur down).
    • Chromatic Scale (second track, one continuous recording)
      • Perform at a comfortable tempo, somewhere between 70 and 120 bpm. Please note articulations (articulate up, slur down).
    • Etude (third track, one continuous recording)
      • Perform as close to marked tempos as possible.
      • Percussion should prepare both snare drum and mallet percussion pieces. If either instrument is unavailable, please get creative and use a keyboard, or keyboard app as a mallet instrument and a semi-hard surface as a snare drum. The student will not get marked down for playing on alternate materials. The student will get marked down for not being creative and showing initiative. Please communicate with Mr. Sayre if concerns arise.

Audition Materials

Audition Form