All Shore Symphonic Band

2019 ASBDA Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Christopher Heffner​

All Shore Symphonic Band

Audition Information

Eligibility

To be eligible to audition for the All Shore Symphonic Band, you must be a student at an affiliated school. In addition, you must be sponsored by your band director.  Only a member-band director can sponsor a student for this ensemble.  You must be a member of your school's symphonic band and remain as such throughout your All Shore experience.

Vocational Students who attend schools without music programs may only be sponsored by their home public school's band director after fulfilling that music program's membership requirements.


Before you decide to audition, you must make sure that you are able to attend all rehearsals and performances. Please review the calendar to see rehearsal and concert dates. Medically documented illness and performance in YOUR school's Symphonic Band are the only acceptable absences. Any other absence will result in expulsion from the group.

 

 

Attendance Policy

  1. If I fail to attend either the first rehearsal or the dress rehearsal I will be dismissed.

  2. I understand that Medical Documentation of an absence is required (doctor/school nurse note) at the beginning of the following rehearsal or I will be dismissed.

  3. If an absence is required due to a performance in my high school's corresponding ensemble, I understand that Documentation of the performance (sponsoring Band Director communication with All Shore Exec. Board prior to first rehearsal) is required or I will be dismissed.

  4. I understand that Perfect attendance is required to be considered for solos

  5. Tardy Policy

    • Tardy is arriving 15 minutes within the start time of the scheduled rehearsal.

    • Upon 2 tardies, a student MAY be dismissed. 

    • 2 tardies will count as an absence. 

    • Upon the 3rd tardy, the student WILL be dismissed.

    • 2 absences, no matter the excuse, will result in dismissal from the ensemble.

  6. If I am dismissed from the band or fail to meet my obligations as an All Shore member, I will be ineligible to audition for next year's ensembles (Jazz and Symphonic).

Performance Attire Policy

  1. All black or white tops and black bottoms, dark tie and/or sports jacket or suit.

  2. Skirts must reach below the knee when seated

  3. No backless clothing

  4. No stiletto heels

  5. No heavy perfumes or colognes

  6. No distracting jewelry

Due to the current pandemic, all events, dates,

and locations are subject to change.

Directions to Symphonic Band Audition/Rehearsal Sites

Audition Requirements

  • Scales/Rudiments (all scales must be memorized)

    • 2 major scales

    • 1 chromatic scale 

  • All or an excerpt from the NJMEA All State Band Solo List - see webpage

    • Please note that all auditioning students must present an original copy of the solo in the audition room.  Photocopies without an accompanying original will not be accepted for Symphonic Band auditions.

  • A Sight-Reading Audition

 

A student who does not complete all three portions of the audition will be deemed unacceptable.  

 

Wind/Mallet Percussion Scales

additional information

  • ALL SCALES MUST BE MEMORIZED

  • The minimum tempo is 120 bpm per quarter note for all scales. 

  • Woodwinds, Brass (please note the recently updated TC Euph requirements), and Mallet Percussion will perform the following major scales: 

Ab, Eb, Bb, F, C, G, D, A, E 

(these refer to PRINTED pitches, not concert pitches)

 

  • In the interest of fairness, the Treble Clef Euphonium will prepare the following scales:

    • Bb, F, C, G, D, A, E, B, F#

    • These scales are consistent with what the concert pitch Euphonium players are preparing. All Euphonium players will be preparing the same fingering pattern and range in relation the concert pitch requirements. At auditions both Concert Pitch and Treble Clef Euphoniums will be asked the same scale based on concert pitch. For Example - F major for concert pitch Euph or G major B-flat treble clef Euph.

  • Major scales will be performed as a quarter note followed by 6 eighth notes, tongued, in even octaves, within ranges recommended by NJMEA.  

  • A slurred chromatic scale will be performed, as sixteenth notes within NJMEA recommended ranges.  Below are the two possible starting pitches for each instrument. Except where indicated, the pitches refer to PRINTED pitches.

 

Flute/Piccolo: D, F
Oboe: C, F
Bassoon: Bb, F
Bb Clarinet: F, G
All Saxes: C, D
All Brass: CONCERT Bb, CONCERT F
Mallets: C, F

Snare/Traps Candidates

additional information

  • NJMEA Snare Solo - see webpage

  • NJMEA Keyboard Etude - see webpage

  • NJMEA "Traps Percussion Audition Studies" - see webpage

  • NJMEA Snare Rudiments Sheet "snare rudiments" - see webpage

    • Students will play one rudiment from each of the Three Categories

      • Category A - a crush/buzz roll. All candidates will play this.

      • Category B - roll rudiments that include: Single Stroke, 4 stroke ruff, 5 stroke, 7 stroke or 9 stroke. 

      • Judges will select one from Category C or D: flam, drag and paradiddle rudiments. (Flam, Flam Tap, Flamacue, Flam Accent/Swiss Army Triplet (the sticking for the “flam triplet is at the discretion of the performer), Drag, Lesson 25, Single Ratamacue, or Single Paradiddle.

  • Sightreading Audition

Timpani Candidates

additional information

  • NJMEA Timpani Solo - see webpage

  • NJMEA "Timpani Audition Study" (in lieu of scales) - see webpage

  • Sightreading Audition

 

Students and parents will direct all questions, regarding auditions, to their sponsoring director. 

Before clicking on the link, please read all above information.

In addition, please make sure you have the school director's code from your school's band director.

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