Audition Requirements


1. Major scales

Play scales and ascending and descending played in two or three octaves when possible. The scale should be in eighth notes, at 144 bpm, if possible. Be prepared to slur or tongue the scales upon request. Perform at least FOUR flat scales and FOUR sharp scales. 2 or 3 octaves if possible. For priority scholarship consideration, advanced players should perform ALL major scales throughout the practical range on the instrument.

2. Chromatic Scale

Perform the listed chromatic scale throughout the practical range of the instrument, slurred in 16th notes with quarter note

120 bpm. Trombones should play the chromatic scale at 84 bpm. (See ranges below).

3. Solos/Prepared Excepts

Perform two (2) solo excerpts which demonstrate lyrical and expressive qualifies as well as appropriate level of technical

facility.Accompaniment optional. Each excerpt should not exceed 2 minutes.

4. Sight Reading

Sight-reading will be administered during campus auditions.


Piccolo D to A-3

Flute C to C-3

Clarinets (All) E to G-3

Oboe C to C-1

Saxophones (All) Bb to F-2

Bassoon Bb to G-3

Trumpet Low F to High C

French Horn Low F to High A

Trombone Low E to Bb

Baritone (Treble or Bass Clef) Low E to Bb (Concert)

Tuba Low E to Bb

Xylophone F to C-3 1/2


1. Snare Drum Requirements:

a. Perform one (1) solo excerpt which demonstrates lyrical and expressive qualifies as well as appropriate level of

technical facility.

b. Twenty-six (26) standard rudiments and ten (10) hybrid rudiments.

2. Xylophone Requirements:

Special scholarships awarded to percussionist whose auditions include xylophone and/or timpani solos.

NOTE: All percussionists are required to audition on snare drum. Instrument placement will be determined by the Director of Bands and/or the Percussion Instructor.


Please read the instructions carefully and complete before you begin your audition tape. Auditions should be limited to five (5) to seven (7) minutes in length.

1. Recording Instructions

a. If possible record you audition in an acoustically “dead” room (no noise, no echo).

b. Review the format and order of the exercises requested. Do one or two “rehearsal” auditions before you begin recording. Avoid sending audition videos that contain mistakes.

c. At the beginning of the video, verbally record your name and address (include city and state).

d. Upload your video as an unlisted YouTube video.

When you have completed the audition, view the entire video and follow the instruction sheet to make sure nothing has been omitted. Submit video link to: